Testing Salesforce integrations with SAP in Selenium presents an oxymoron. Selenium only lets you automate in the web browser, and integrations sit anywhere but the web browser.
So how can you verify that your integrations between web and desktop-based applications are working as they should? Especially if it’s not possible to automate outside of a web browser in Selenium.
This article explains why testing integrations are important, why Selenium isn’t the most effective tool for testing integrations between Salesforce and SAP, and the alternative solutions that enable integration and end-to-end testing at speed.
Because SAP and Salesforce have different ways of presenting data, validating integrations through testing makes sure that data is moving smoothly from one system to the next.
If an integration is not working, it will negatively impact the end-user, leaving them unable to perform their tasks. In organizations where critical business processes run between applications via integrations, a bug can be disastrous and cost millions in damages.
Even a process as simple as placing and delivering an order can have many points of failure. You could, for example, create a malformed order. It might look correct when input in Salesforce, but a misinterpretation along the way could cause an invalid order once it has been shipped to SAP.
At first glance, this would not be visible on the user interface (UI) on Salesforce. It is, therefore, crucial to test your integrations and validate that data is appearing as expected on the front end of the integrated application, SAP.
As we established in the previous section, integrations between Salesforce and SAP are not always the most reliable. That is why testing is so important. Many use Selenium test automation for this purpose. But it presents a lot of challenges:
There are options available that make it easier for you to take your integration processes and verify they are working using automation. We will dive into that solution in the following section.
How can you ensure a critical bug from an integration never makes it to a production instance of Salesforce, SAP, or other enterprise applications?
Put automation into the hands of those best equipped for quality assurance – business users (testers) and QA managers. With codeless automation, business users and QA managers do not have to program to set up and maintain automated tests. This, in turn, removes the dependency on developers. Instead, testers (those who are typically business experts and not technical experts) can drive test automation.
The easier it is to identify a problem caused by a faulty integration connection, the faster the fix. When using Selenium, it can take time to find the root cause of a bug. With a visual solution, it becomes much simpler.
Solutions such as Leapwork use in-built visual debugging. With a video recording of a test run, you can see exactly where and why a test has failed. This visual approach means testers have concrete and easy-to-understand data that can be fed back to development so that bugs are fixed on time.
On the best of days, automating Salesforce and SAP’s browser-compatible version in Selenium is fragile and complex. The changing HTML structures in Salesforce make tests overwhelming to maintain.
To overcome this burden, a tool with intelligent field recognition makes it robust and easy to read data from a green screen terminal or SAP client, and validate that information against Salesforce in the browser, or vice versa. Read more about easily and quickly automating tests in Salesforce in our solution brief.
Salesforce and SAP can integrate with all kinds of surrounding systems, whether an ERP, warehouse management, or case management system. With Leapwork, you can use the same visual approach to build automation across all your integrated applications – such as Salesforce, SAP, a green screen terminal, or Oracle.
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