Manual testing of Workday is time-consuming and prone to inaccuracy. Yet, the majority of companies that use the platform continue to rely on their workforce for testing, thereby risking delays and budgetary overruns at the time of implementation and otherwise. So, is there any value in manual testing? Or is an automated solution the answer? Let’s find out:

Why test at all?
Before we even begin to evaluate the options, let’s be clear about what we want from Workday testing in the first place:

  1. Working of Configurations:Whether you’re in HR or Finance, every user want to know that, even after new updates, that all business process configurations are working as expected.
  1. Security is Watertight: Data security is even more important to most users. They wish to know that user roles are accurately defined, preventing the visibility of data as needed.
  1. Functioning of Integrations: Third-party programs influence Workday in a variety of ways. All users are aware that changes made in any part of the system have an impact on other areas. For this reason, integrations need to be tested at all stages.
  1. Regular Reports: Workday is an expensive investment and decision-makers will want updates on it constantly. Users are expected to offer up reports on a consistent basis, to ensure that the audit process is smooth.

Manual vs Automated Testing: Which Is Better?

Now that we know what we want from Workday testing in the first place, we can examine which is better for your organization.

Time: Manual testing involves several resources spending hours testing each update. This is because each test is run one at a time. Automated testing is nearly 70% quicker and typically requires just one resource to oversee the testing process as all the tests can be run in parallel, ensuring high coverage. Data roles can also be configured with ease. Finally, as test runs can be scheduled, you can always ensure that the results are available on time.

Accuracy: Humans are prone to error when they do repetitive tasks. This can’t happen with an automated solution. You just set-up repeatable tests once and they’ll do all the work for you. This ensures that your tests are always more accurate than with manual testing.

Compliance: An automated testing solution like Genie will provide your HR and Finance teams with all the information they need (configurable by role) to prove that the tests are being conducted as required and the Workday platform is performing as required.

Costs: Given the savings of time and effort, with significantly reduced resources, it’s obvious that automated testing is far cheaper than manual testing. In fact, it’s typically 80% cheaper, given that your resources can spend time on far more valuable tasks than testing.

Continuous: With reusable scripts, regression testing can be run to ensure that configurations are always working as required.

On every parameter, automated testing comes out on top. It’s an easy solution that can ensure that you actually get more value out of your Workday investment. With Genie, RapidIT-Cloudbera’s Cloud-based automated testing framework, you could drop your testing costs immediately. Get in touch with us for a free trial.