Support a move towards agile development and DevOps processes with automated testing solutions so that more time can be spent on knowledge sharing
This financial services company operates in different business units, with divisions specializing in areas such as retail, commercial banking, and insurance. As a result, the IT structure is distributed too, and each area has the authority to choose a toolset suited to their particular needs. The distributed IT model made it difficult to approve and implement new enterprise-wide applications into the bank. With a conventional waterfall development process, delivering new services was time-consuming and expensive.
A member of a specialist team introduced to change this said, “Our aim is to deliver better quality code faster, and we soon realized that a DevOps model could help change our working practices to support this objective. Our centralized team is tasked with sharing knowledge across the group, and investigate new ways of doing things to get the maximum value from our IT investment.”
The DevOps journey was launched in one division of the bank. This division was given the autonomy to select the tools and processes they required to enable software delivery through agile development processes. The cultural change associated with this move should not be underestimated, after years of following a very strict IT protocol.
Test teams already used Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional to support application testing efforts across the organization. LoadRunner Professional supports testing for the broadest range of applications, including legacy technology and packaged applications, using advanced scripting capabilities. The customer contact commented: “As teams were adopting DevOps practices, we were increasingly asked to build and test integrations between our solutions and the tools in use within the DevOps teams. We also saw a definite increase in the adoption of open source tools throughout the group. We firmly believe in choosing the best tool for the job and give our developers and Quality Assurance (QA) engineers the freedom to make this choice.”
As agile development practices and DevOps were steadily gaining ground within the banking group, the team realized they could play a central role in leveraging the new-found knowledge to other parts of the organization. Micro Focus automated testing solutions were crucial in achieving this.