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Client: One of the largest Global Investment Bank.

Background

Summit is a third-party Trading System product developed by Misys and used by Derivatives team of the bank. Summit interfaces with various upstream and downstream applications within the bank. Customer partnered with HCL with the following business objectives.

  • Lowering overall cost and test cycles by automation of regression testing
  • Coverage of key applications right through the end-to-end transaction lifecycle (front office, middle office, back office and risk)
  • Coverage across OTC and Credit Derivatives products
  • Providing a shared pool of testing team that is available for testing
  • Managing the testing effort and providing reports to management
  • The ability to meet short notice "emergency release" testing demand without impacting 'in-progress' projects
  • Excellent knowledge of the business application and Timely Knowledge Transfer at desired levels

With rich experience in automating business critical applications over years, HCL's IV&VS (Independent Verification & Validation Services) institutionalized a structured & phased approach to automation to ensure that the tool investment is put to good use with a focus on re-usability and maintainability. This approach to automation design and development delivered an integrated framework with re-usable components, libraries and modularity that ensured stability and scalability and avoided the pitfalls and frustrations that normally accompanies automation efforts.

Scope & Solution for Summit Testing

  • Summit Test Suite contained 23 Test Packs with 200-300 Test Cases each
  • 3 Upstream & 6 Downstream Interfaces in the scope
  • The objective of Summit Testing was to create manual Test cases using the existing Summit Regression Test Packs into a centralized test repository followed by Automation of these Test Cases
  • Summit Testing also included execution of the Automation Regression Test Packs and Manual Regression Test Packs (if not yet automated) on request by the customer
  • Testing also included Component/ QA Testing of identified components/functionalities on request by the customer along with Automation, Execution and Management of Regression Test Packs for Summit

The following best practice based structured approach towards automation helped the automation code to be used for longer periods of time with maximized test coverage & minimized maintenance efforts that translate into significant savings to the bank over a course of time.

Critical Success Factors

  • On-demand testing at mutually agreed timelines
  • Testing Effectiveness
  • Excellent knowledge of the business application
  • Scalable and cross-application trained testing team
  • Increased regression test coverage
  • Delivery of defect free test releases on schedule

Benefits to the customer

  • Independent QA processes setup & Usage of Test Management tool
  • Test Pack preparation & test coverage improvement
  • Release time for each version compressed from 21 to 7 Days
  • Cost reduction, enhanced testing flexibility and reduced time-to-market
  • Knowledge retention of applications through Cross trainings at offshore
  • Savings of 100K Euros during each regression test run
  • Compressed release time for each version
  • Key Achievements
  • 98% Automation of all the Test Packs in a prioritized manner
  • Test Execution Time for each release brought down by about 80%

Key Achievements

  • 98% Automation of all the Test Packs in a prioritized manner
  • Test Execution Time for each release brought down by about 80%
  • Efficient Test packs management
  • Excellent working relationship with bank users team

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