Collaborations between Salesforce Devops providers are key to successful digital transformation: Congratulations Copado on the acquisition of Qentinel

Published by Geraint Waters, July 1, 2021
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This week at Copado’s Connecting the Clouds Summit they highlighted how testing is the #1 risk to digital transformations. At Provar, we couldn’t agree more. Testing is at the heart of every DevOps process and manual testing in particular is a huge barrier to growth and innovation.  Copado also announced their acquisition of Qentinel and rebranding to Copado Robotic Testing. This absolutely reinforces Provar’s mandate to help organizations easily build and test new processes. 

Why collaborations between Salesforce Devops providers are so important

Our perspective is that test automation is integral to the overall BizDevOps automation strategy, not only for Salesforce but across connected applications as well. As with any testing tool, success is chiefly dependent on the overall quality strategy.

The companies that see great benefits from test automation have quality advocates within their organization that understand what the business is trying to accomplish and apply that knowledge to develop a cohesive manual and automated testing strategy which is then flanked by integrated devops tools. 

As a test automation software that integrates not only with Copado, but with Salesforce DevOpsCenter, Gearset, Flosum, Autorabit, Blue Canvas and many more, we recognize the importance of testing before, during and after releases. This not only reduces risk; it helps guide current and future customisation and development.

What our customers tell us

  • Integrations and customizations continue to increase
  • Time allocated for testing is limited in the best of scenarios
  • They are continuously working to advocate for testing and more internal collaboration on testing strategy versus “fitting it in”
  • Quality assurance is a board room topic

How we think about testing Salesforce and connected applications

Provar has spent 7 years specializing in Salesforce testing to develop features to enable no code UI and API test cases and is proven in hundreds of enterprise customers. Salesforce has also provided excellent guidance to us on how to ensure that our tests are robust and reliable  (for example, letting us know that any dependency on the DOM for Salesforce tests cannot be relied upon and will lead to large maintenance headaches). 

Provar’s model-based testing provides a layer of abstraction that ensures maintainable tests. Our approach is to manage the maintenance using real metadata intelligence, navigation and consistent execution. Without this, test maintenance is wholly owned by a developer modifying code. In the case of Salesforce testing this can be a big problem; when keeping up with rapid customisation and Salesforce releases, LWC development leads to significant up front investment in creating tests and a big maintenance headache. 

Our take

Copado is clearly a leader in the Salesforce devops space, and we are committed to integrating our products and maintaining support for all existing joint customers. We also completely agree that no one just has Salesforce. Salesforce connects with multiple systems and it’s only growing. So, there is still plenty of room for improvement and innovation in testing, test automation and quality assurance as a whole.

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