In our experience, business increasingly understands the headline benefits of test automation (lower cost versus manual testing, increased coverage and higher quality, greater organisational effectiveness), but what is less well known is the impact automation can have on monitoring systems across a whole organisation – both from a functional and performance perspective.
At Accelerate, we are passionate about helping our clients deliver better quality software, faster and we apply practical, best of breed Test Automation and DevOps solutions across the entire lifecycle from build, deploy, through to test and release and crucially monitoring in production.
But what happens when systems slow down or fall over? What is the impact to your business? Does your Disaster Recovery plan mitigate the risk to your business and help you speed up the journey to operational readiness?
By automating production monitoring tests, you have the capability to quickly identify not just operational readiness, but pin point performance and functional indicators, enabling you to expedite the recovery process before issues have even happened.
A case in point, we work with a number of partners in the legal sector where IT systems performance is paramount, particularly for core applications like Document Management, Office and Workflow systems.
Say for example, an issue with email – not just the ability to send one but the fact it was taking considerably longer than the SLA’s the business expects. Before the implementation of test automation, the first indication of systems failure would often be a call from a Partner or Legal Secretary to the Service Desk. By automating production monitoring tests, IT are able to identify issues much earlier in the process and proactively put in place remedial action – a case of “Don’t call us, we will call you”.
A mid-size law firm may have over 150 ‘tier one’ applications, so the value to the business of automating production monitoring tests can be considerable; from improving the quality of service IT can provide to its business partners, to substantially lowering the risk of failure and expediting the DR process. Here you have it folks, Test Automation – the unsung hero of Disaster Recovery, before disaster happens!
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