Order Manager is the largest B2B e-commerce platform to buy and sell car parts inventories in the automotive aftermarket industry. Over millions of data is processed on the platform daily. The platform connects 280+ aftermarket suppliers with 17K+ automotive buyers. The vast set-up includes multiple interfaces and complex configurations that keep the e-commerce platform running without any technical glitches.

Testing an application is one of the most important steps before its release. An e-commerce interface where features are added quite frequently needs rigorous testing for error-free functioning.

Automating test processes are becoming a necessity for companies especially for the ones offering e-commerce services.

Why traditional testing tools become a challenge for e-commerce like set up?

Over the years, the business unit Order Manager used different external testing tools to test the platform often involving manual test processes. This often slowed down the actual process of releasing applications or features. The manual testing environment was critical for the testers limited by the options of possibilities. The testers weren’t able to perform much as the testing tool had pre-defined options.

It was consistently becoming challenging to keep up with the fast moving requirements in e-commerce space.

Test automation solutions by Order Manager team

For 2 years, Order Manager team has moved to a much advanced testing environment, creating test automation possibilities in-house by the team.

Order Manager is an advanced e-commerce platform involving many interfaces, creating various gateways between a buyer and a seller. The testing team ensures end-to-end test phases so that the new features introduced run error-free.

Our team designed an automated testing environment based on the Microsoft Workflow foundation. The automated testing framework supports different EdiFacts standards as well.

Typically regression testing is performed for the glitch-free running of the software. The testing team has more freedom to perform tests and achieve quick results in this newly built test automation scenario.

In a nutshell, the testers design test cases- run the test- check if the expectations are met with the actual scenarios – configure the Business Relations between different organizations – implement for overall requirements- release error-free applications.

It’s much easier for the tester to test a case within this new test automation set up. There’s an added opportunity to create new and compare the test cases quickly.

While manual testing takes approximately 2-3 weeks to perform a test job, under the automated framework it’s a matter of just a few hours.

More advanced upcoming scenario:

For some time, the testing team also implemented continuous testing, continuous deployment and continuous integration. Within the new test automation scenario, there is no pre-defined system set up. Hence, it’s huge leverage for the testers to build their test cases. Ultimately, everything could be brought to live much quicker than in the past.

All of the Order Manager test cases are automated and are run every day to achieve a smooth-running of the platform.

How test automation impacts the automotive e-commerce business of Order Manager ?

Test automation helps to build a robust software quality, without time-consuming manual intervention. The users of the software, especially the end-consumers of our e-commerce platform should be able to experience the big difference.

Customers are happy to experience the quick actions and results on their requirements.

  1. Accelerate delivery

Test automation allows faster delivery of results due to the possibilities of repeated testing, even for complex systems. In the scenario of Order Manager, both buyers and sellers relations are ensured to run error-free.

  1. Easier and quicker to find errors

Its much easier and quicker to find errors in the system. This enables a tester to notice the problems as fast as possible and to act upon it.

  1. Reduced business expenses

Test automation could save expenses as the cases disengage from a lot of manual efforts and time to run the cases. As the Order Manager team built in-house test automation scenario, it reduced costs with higher quality results than before.

  1. Elimination of manual error, ensuring high quality product –

Compared to manual testing having some chances of human error, automated testing is much more reliable. Automation allows less chances of manual errors, also saving a lot of time and effort.

At Order Manager, we continuously improve on the business processes, embracing new technologies. In-house test automation was a big step for the business unit to deliver much faster, higher quality results to the end-customers. Our team ensures quick adaption to business needs in this fast-moving industry transformation. Overall these technologies and processes help to sustain our ‘aftermarket expert’ perception in the industry.