How Alm. Brand Uses Provar With GitLab and Docker to Support a Complex Salesforce Solution
About the Alm. Brand
The Alm. Brand A/S Group is a Danish financial services group that includes a listed holding company and a number of subsidiaries that specialize in non-life, life and pension insurance in addition to car leasing and traditional banking services.
For more than two centuries, the Alm. Brand has served as one of the preeminent financial institutions serving the Danish market. Today, the financial services group is flourishing in the age of the connected consumer. What’s the secret to such longevity — and adaptability? The company not only has a long history, but it is mastering the digital age.
“I have never seen a UI testing tool that has been able to assist so much and enable us to make a fully functional test suite within 4 months from the first time we got access.” Nicolai Rønnow Iversen / Technical SalesForce Architect, Alm. Brand
How the Alm. Brand Leverages Provar At a Glance
150 Provar test cases running nightly within two test orgs
Currently testing Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud including Console, Lightning, Flows, Visualforce and many integrations
To support a fully-functional agile software development methodology, the Alm. Brand needed to leverage test automation capabilities to deliver a new release on a 14 day cycle and keep improving towards multiple times a day.
As part of Alm. Brand’s dedication to delivering the best experience possible for users, a quite extensive automation suite was built up, acting as a regression test suite when promoting code from one test environment to another. When Salesforce made a major update to the user interface, transitioning from classic to Lightning, this suite was no longer compatible. The Alm. Brand team was forced to resort to using manual testing processes which required 120+ hours of manual testing per regression cycle.
After conducting a thorough evaluation of other automated software testing applications, the Alm. Brand worked with House of Test, the self confessed Rebels of IT, which provide expert test consultancy for clients across Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and the U.K. to select and implement Provar to simplify and accelerate the process of software innovation.
The following includes the Alm. Brand’s application of Provar:
As a result, Alm. Brand now has a much more robust regression test suite that can give fast feedback, easily be maintained and is executed automatically. This not only saves Alm. Brand many hours of manual testing for each release, but also increases the confidence of the stakeholders and development teams in Alm. Brand each time new code is released, increasing the quality and the speed of the deliveries.
Stats at a Glance
- The Alm. Brand was able to get up and running with Provar in less than four months
- By implementing Provar’s automated testing capabilities, the team is able to save 120+ hours of manual testing per regression cycle
“One of the reasons Alm. Brand have been so successful in their implementation is that they focused on creating tests to keep maintenance at a minimum.
“They created tests in an optimal way to reduce future rework, adopting features such as callable tests, API testing and data driven testing into their overall architecture to underpin their UI testing. This enabled a fast and efficient delivery of a test suite that will remain effective into the future.”
Piyush Srivastav / Customer Success Manager, Provar
“With Provar, we did not just succeed and create a foundation for our automated testing, but also a foundation for our goals to the CI implementation to support our Agile strategy.”
“We could support the idea of moving as much as possible of the test down in the test pyramid, while keeping our test coverage intact. One of the most essential things that has made this possible has been the way Provar treats their customers, not only helping to solve the problem but also listening and receiving advice from the customer to what can make Provar a better tool.
“They are not afraid of being challenged and at the same time bringing their ideas to the table, that part has made communication between Alm. Brand and Provar to one of the leading pillars that has made us reach where we are now in just 4 months.”
Nicki Bang-Madsen / Technical Tester, Alm. Brand