Dynamics 365 Regression Testing: How to Achieve Efficient Quality Assurance

Maria Homann

Automation Expert

What does it take to regression test Dynamics 365? How can you ensure high coverage without spending endless resources? This article will take you through key considerations to ensure the quality of your Dynamics 365 applications. 

Why regression test Dynamics 365?

In the world of software development, change is constant. With each update, enhancement, or bug fix to an application, there's always a possibility of unintended consequences or new defects.

Enter regression testing – the shield that safeguards the user experience and ensures that a software system remains intact through its evolution. And when it comes to Dynamics 365, regression testing takes on a vital role in maintaining quality and performance.

Regression testing: a crucial component of software development

Regression testing is the practice of re-running a set of predefined test cases to verify that changes to an application have not adversely affected existing functionalities. It acts as a safety net, preventing unexpected regressions from slipping into production and impacting users.

Manual regression testing, while valuable, is prone to human errors due to its repetitive nature.

Automating these tests not only ensures consistent execution but also enhances efficiency, accuracy, and speed.

Why regression testing is ideal for automation

When considering which tests to automate, regression tests are the low-hanging fruit for several reasons:

  • Repetitiveness and stability: Regression tests should ideally be executed frequently, ensuring the stability of well-understood functionalities. Automating these tests eliminates the need for manual repetition, reducing errors and maintaining consistent results.
  • Time and effort savings: Automating repetitive tests frees up valuable time for your QA team to focus on exploratory testing and other higher-value activities, while automation handles the repetitive tasks.
  • Critical user experience: Regression tests typically cover core business processes that directly impact user experience. Automating these tests, and thereby ensuring frequent quality checks, minimizes the risk of user-facing issues and helps maintain a seamless user experience.
  • Immediate Impact: Automating regression tests will help you yield quick benefits, building confidence in automation and setting the stage for further automation efforts.

Should you use RSAT?

While Microsoft's Regression Suite Automation Tool (RSAT) offers a compelling solution for Dynamics 365 automation, it's important to recognize its limitations and the challenges it presents. Let's delve into why RSAT might not be the ideal fit for your regression testing needs:

  • Limited to D365 Finance & Operations: RSAT's application scope is confined to D365 Finance & Operations. This limitation restricts its applicability to other components within Dynamics 365 and beyond. In an interconnected business environment, where processes span multiple applications and technologies, RSAT's exclusivity limits your ability to perform end-to-end testing and validate integrated business flows.
  • Complex setup and maintenance: Setting up and configuring RSAT demands a cross-functional technical skill set. It requires not only an in-depth understanding of D365 Finance & Operations but also expertise in testing frameworks and coding. This skill combination is rare and challenging to find, making the setup and maintenance of RSAT a resource-intensive endeavor.
  • Difficult to maintain and scale: Like other automation frameworks, RSAT isn't immune to the impacts of change. Whenever D365 undergoes updates, releases, or modifications, RSAT test cases need to be adjusted accordingly. This translates to re-recording tests that break, a time-consuming process that demands technical proficiency. As a result, maintaining RSAT tests becomes a continuous challenge, especially when updates are frequent.

In sum, the complexity of RSAT and its associated challenges can undermine the return on investment (ROI) from your testing automation efforts.

The time and resources required to set up, maintain, and navigate RSAT's intricacies can overshadow the benefits it offers, making it a less attractive proposition for organizations seeking efficient and scalable testing solutions.

Leapwork for efficient Dynamics 365 regression testing

In the realm of Dynamics 365, efficiency and accuracy are paramount. This is where Leapwork steps in as the smart solution for your regression testing needs. As a strategic Microsoft test automation partner, Leapwork understands and meets the unique demands of D365-driven businesses. Here's how:

  • Visual automation: Leapwork's visual test automation platform empowers both technical specialists and business experts to automate swiftly and seamlessly. Regardless of your team's background, you can get up and running with Leapwork in just 30 days.
  • End-to-end process automation: Leapwork's capabilities span across different application types, covering everything from legacy on-premise systems to web applications. This ensures comprehensive coverage of your business processes, guaranteeing robust quality assurance.
  • Business value-centric approach: Leapwork's customer success team is dedicated to helping you achieve your strategic goals and ensuring that your quality assurance efforts align with your business objectives.
  • Low Maintenance, High Efficiency: While some testing solutions require manual adjustments when UI changes occur, Leapwork's pre-built intelligent adaptors handle dynamic DOMs effortlessly. This means robust test cases with minimal maintenance, freeing you from the hassle of constant script editing.

By automating your Dynamics 365 regression testing, you not only mitigate risks and ensure consistent quality but also embrace innovation and agility.

Take that step towards automated excellence with Leapwork and transform your Dynamics 365 testing into a catalyst for business growth.

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