Grupo ABRIL is one of the largest communication and education groups in Latin America. It supplies information, culture, education, and entertainment to nearly every general public sector, over several media platforms. Seven of the ten most read magazines in Brazil are published by ABRIL. With a readership of almost 30 million people, it also provides 94 applications for smartphones and 29 versions of magazines for tablets.
ABRIL searched the market for a reliable solution to their testing challenges and realized that Borland (now part of Micro Focus) had the answers they were looking for. ABRIL’s development environments include Oracle CRM, Oracle Forms, Java, .Net, and Micro Focus COBOL, making Borland’s solutions the best choice. Roberto Soares de Moura said:
Silk solutions provide automated visual test creation and result analysis to speed up testing. Any errors will be detected and dealt with before they affect the deployment stage. As well as these advantages, ABRIL’s costs will be cut due to increased efficiency, reducing time-to-market and the number of support calls involving technical software issues.
Testing began in the development phase. The project required the integration of Micro Focus COBOL with Oracle CRM. Over the course of five weeks, 90 scripts were developed for automated testing of the CRM system. A further 30 scripts were built for the automation of the system’s processes and activities. Scripts were built with .NET to address the complex scenarios, using Silk TestPartner. All scripts are mapped and configured to run automatically in Silk Central.
The large manual effort required prior to the automation was a drain on the team. Now, the scripts for ABRIL’s CRM system can be left running overnight, and results can be checked in the morning.
As scripts do not need to be delivered at the same time, automated test cases can be delivered gradually, reducing execution time and providing coverage benefits. With an automated testing process throughout the Software Development Lifecycle, ABRIL expects to reduce test cycle execution time by 80 percent while doubling test coverage.
ABRIL’s testing process is now much more efficient and agile, enabling greater test coverage and reduced time-to-market with an expected 20 percent reduction in operating costs. The number of technical software issues will fall, an expected 30 percent reduction in the cost of calls – representing a great ROI for ABRIL.
Roberto Soares de Moura concludes:
As the next step, ABRIL wants to implement a Requirements Management solution and is looking at Caliber for this.