About Independent Health
Headquartered in Buffalo, New York, Independent Health is a not-for-profit health plan that continually aims to provide innovative health-related products and services, which enable affordable access to quality healthcare.
Independent Health chose to combine Micro Focus Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with Micro Focus UFT One on premise. ALM is designed to enable teams of all sizes to deliver high quality apps with greater speed and agility. UFT One is an automated functional testing tool that uses automated tests to identify bugs.
“When we first started looking at ALM and UFT One we were just looking to save testing time,” says Trimper. “However, as time has gone on, we’re now using them to develop full blown regression suites for our products.”
The team harnesses the power of ALM.NET for all its manual test cases and full regression sets. All test executions go into ALM to enable cohesive and standardized recording and all automated tests tie into it. Load testing software and Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional is also used to conduct frequent performance testing.
“We carry out a daily test run just to have a full understanding of the health of the system. We have trending reports that we can leverage with that and we have also turned some of those into performance monitors and production with AppPulse active,” says Trimper.
Using ALM and UFT One enables the automation and manual test teams to manage both kinds of testing more efficiently. Regression testing on some of the larger test projects are now 70% automated which knocks off two thirds of the testing that needs to be done.
“Adding automation efficiencies has allowed us to shorten our overall testing window by at least a half,” says Trimper. “We have a lot of coordination with the business and the testing takes a bit of time so to be able to reduce it by more than half is wonderful. If we do have to retest, we know we can do it quickly as opposed to having a long drawn out relay cycle.”
Using automation to free testers from routine tasks enables them to undertake more important work and shortens release cycles.
“I’m very happy to be leveraging UFT One and ALM because we now have one set of tools that are meant to work together to allow us to test our desktop applications, websites and web applications, and to conduct work with responsive websites,” adds Trimper.