It’s no surprise why customers love Salesforce. With its constantly evolving platform, new products and integrations, and user-friendly interface (even for those of us who don’t have a tech-heavy skillset), Salesforce has made achieving lofty goals an easy reality for organizations across the world. But with that level of innovation comes challenges, such as ensuring you’re running automated Salesforce tests that 1) play nice with these frequent updates and 2) mitigate risk in your workflow. And before you ask … yes, you do really need to test, and you need to do it regularly.
This is where Provar comes in. We’re a leading test automation company for Salesforce that builds off of Salesforce’s metadata to deliver smart, low-code and no-code testing that supports end-to-end risk mitigation. In our approach, users can create tests the same way they use Salesforce. It makes test automation as easy as using Salesforce itself.
Geraint Waters, Founder and CEO at Provar, recently caught up with Swapnil Bhartiya at TFiR to discuss how Provar is helping diverse teams make the most of Salesforce’s constantly evolving platform. Swapnil brought up today’s digital transformation and the shortage of cloud skills among its widespread adoption, which has created its own set of unique issues. Employees want to embrace the latest technologies, but they may not have a highly technical skillset, which leaves them wondering how they can effectively utilize test automation in their processes.
Geraint says that ultimately, companies want the security that their product is working, and they know that sometimes it’s up to the people without the tech-heavy skillset to run the tests and make sure any risk is mitigated.
“The skill is in putting those pieces together,” he says. “We’re doing that by providing the tool that can rapidly build that test and keep the tests maintainable. We’re upskilling the less technical people, the business users, on how to develop these safety nets so they can come in with speed, they can deploy regularly … and the production teams can have faith that these guys can be trusted.”
But where can an organization get started with low-code and no-code testing? Is there a playbook for team leaders to follow, regardless of whether they’re deep in the technical weeds or not?
The answer, says Geraint, is in understanding the full end-to-end risks in your workflow. He recommends sitting down and pinpointing specific areas where, if anything went wrong, catastrophe would ensue. Easy enough in a world where we’re always thinking of what could go wrong, right? Once you’ve identified these areas, that’s where you’ll start building your tests first. For example, if you’re sending outbound emails, there’s always a risk that those emails could get into the wrong hands. Think of the various components within that data flow (such as PDF documents), understand the risk, and build out tests that pinpoint weak areas so you can strengthen them before an issue comes up. The possibilities are endless for test automation, and by utilizing low-code and no-code solutions, you’ll ensure the minimal time spent testing is well worth it for risk prevention.
“To move quickly and to have agile projects, what we want is to have the right tests running all the time that give us immediate feedback,” says Geraint. “It’s really important right from the beginning to test the right things. I love end-to-end testing, and I just think that’s the way forward.”