You need to test your Workday updates to ensure that it works as it should with your processes and operations without any disruption or failures. But this testing of updates shouldn’t just be limited to processes. It should also focus on optimizing your use of Workday to aid and expand your organization’s capabilities – exploring new features and functionality and seeing the value it can add to your business.

However, manual testing can be cumbersome and hard with limited resources and time. Focus is often split between ongoing tasks and the pressures of testing tasks that can potentially upset or interrupt day-to-day operations. This is why, in most cases, companies focus on maintenance when Workday testing instead of the adoption of new features that can actually take their business to the next level.

Focus on features, not manual testing
Ideally, less time should be spent in repetitive testing and the majority of the time and effort needs to go into adopting new features. How can this be done? By cutting down the number of hours, days and weeks that manual testing takes up.

Using automated testing services such as Genie, instead of actively performing tests manually with a team of people, you can just review reports of tests that have taken place automatically on the system. Then, prioritize issues that need to be looked into from the report. You can log and report defects and failures to the Workday support team that have occurred during the test so that they may be analysed, fixed and scheduled for retesting.

With automated testing, all this should take no long than an hour in a day (during the whole update period), leaving you ample time to familiarize yourself with new feature adoption from the update.

Minutes, not weeks
Using Genie’s automated testing platform reduces time spent manually testing updates. Genie takes care of the testing during the Workday update testing window with tests that run in a matter of minutes in the background, not interfering with daily processes and recording all data for analysis of defects or failures to be fixed. This results in a huge percentage of reduction in the effort your staff spends on carrying out the tests. With automated testing you can reduce the time your staff spends carrying out regression testing to hours instead of weeks.

Increased accuracy
The likelihood of finding configuration defects and not missing out of any aspect of testing is also increased with automated testing as human error is cut down to almost nil with our programs. You can increase the amount of tests on your configuration by four times as much during the update period, allowing you to test more, faster.

Detailed reports
In the end you have a detailed audit trail of your test activity. This is valuable to see roadblocks and where things can be improved for future test schedules.