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Best Practices in Test Data Provisioning for Automated Testing

In part one of this series, we covered the importance of automated testing in the FinTech space. In this segment, we highlight best practices in test data provisioning, an essential component of successful automated testing. To meet the demands of business growth and customer satisfaction, technology teams are adopting Agile and DevOps methods to keep … Read More

Accelerating the Pace of Software Development Through Automated Testing

FinTech Innovators Need to Modernize Their Software Development Rapid changes in the payments industry are requiring FinTech innovators to modernize software development processes in order to deliver more efficient and secure means of payments for buyers and suppliers. This places severe demands on software organizations to expand both the volume and quality of product delivered. … Read More

Paymerang CEO to Present at CPI Middle Market Summit

Commercial Payments International (CPI) connects the world’s top decision makers to discuss the latest developments in commercial cards and payments, share innovation and drive the industry forward. They do this through live events and interactive advisory boards that meet regularly throughout the year. Relationships forged at their events help the industry’s top executives meet today’s challenges and plan for … Read More

Paymerang partners with AISNE for webinar

Paymerang is pleased to partner with AISNE to bring you an informational webinar, “Streamline Your Payments Process”. The webinar will be hosted by John Zaudtke, Vice President of Business Development at Paymerang. It will feature Michelle Mejiborsky from The Governor’s Academy. Founded in 1763, the Governor’s Academy is a co-educational boarding and day preparatory school for grades 9-12 … Read More

Best Practices in Test Data Provisioning for Automated Testing

In part one of this series, we covered the importance of automated testing in the FinTech space.

In this segment, we highlight best practices in test data provisioning, an essential component of successful automated testing.

To meet the demands of business growth and customer satisfaction, technology teams are adopting Agile and DevOps methods to keep up with the relentless pace of software development and enhancements required to support growth.

In order to transform to a true DevOps model and reap the benefits of this approach, development and QA/testing teams are shifting testing to the left, automating more tests and automating the provision of test environments. These are all designed to make them more productive and reduce the time it takes to develop, test and deploy.

While development and testing methods are getting a makeover, access to test environments and data continues to be a huge hurdle for QA & Testing teams.

The 2018-2019 Capgemini World Quality report states that nearly 50% of all respondents cite lack of access to test environments and test data as their biggest challenge in applying testing in agile development.

Lean/Agile and DevOps organizations face a difficult challenge to provision the right, high-quality data necessary to produce quality results; use an actual copy of production data and put the organization at risk or accept incomplete or inaccurate data. Neither of these options are good ones.

It is time for a new model for test data acquisition. This new model must result in the right data at the right time.

In the new model consumers of the data will identify the data needed to satisfy specific test cases when the test cases are built. The data will be tagged to the test case for later use. If the data is sensitive, it will be de-identified prior to viewing by the consumer. At the time of testing it will be loaded to ephemeral environments or traditional test environments.

To make this new model robust, development teams need to work with the latest solutions and methodologies to extract large volumes of data from production environment and sanitize the data to remove any personally identifiable information. This requires a significant up-front investment. If you can invest in off-the-shelf solutions to robustly protect your production data while sub-setting parts of it for testing easily, you can create realistic datasets with all the nuances of real data without the risks. By using a robust Test Data Management provisioning tool, one can enter data requirements through data selection, obfuscation of sensitive data like names, accounts, PCI using consistent, easily available, algorithms and then land the data in your testing environments ready to use.

An early investment in test data provisioning will result in robust test data and successful automated testing, allowing your FinTech organization to rapidly scale in today’s demanding world.

Accelerating the Pace of Software Development Through Automated Testing

FinTech Innovators Need to Modernize Their Software Development

Rapid changes in the payments industry are requiring FinTech innovators to modernize software development processes in order to deliver more efficient and secure means of payments for buyers and suppliers. This places severe demands on software organizations to expand both the volume and quality of product delivered. For Paymerang, automated testing has been a critical enabler in this transformation.

When Paymerang was founded in 2010, we were offering a single product along the Procure-to-Pay value chain–payment automation–and relying non-traditional “scrum-fall-ban” development methodologies.

Since then, we have shifted to Lean/Agile Methodologies and DevOps (DevSecOps) in order to significantly expand our velocity.

Shifting methods enables greater features and funcionality within core products.

Since making the shift within our core products we are able to offer greater features such as: better security around payments and authentication, new payment methods, such as straight-through-processing, and new products, such as invoice automation and receivables automation.

Given the mission critical nature of each enhancement, Paymerang also made a shift to automated testing.

Automated Functional Tests look at the Paymerang system as a “Black Box”. Functional tests check that the system functions as required by the business. Functional Tests do not target how functionality is delivered – thus the “black box”. Paymerang’s Functional Tests utilize browser-drivers such as Selenium to mimic a user in our app performance any number of tasks.

Automated Functional Testing allows Paymerang to quickly release both product improvements and new products with confidence that our security, user experience and system functionality will continue to deliver without disruption to the product nor other delivery staff. Automated Functional Testing also enables other automation, such as Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. Failed tests quickly identify where and when an issue is introduced.

We utilize gated check-ins so as to keep our environments working while also giving detailed feedback to our application delivery staff.

Three best practices to consider as one moves to CI / CD

  1. Automated Functional Testing
  2. Gated Check-ins to major repository branches
  3. Test Data Provisioning

The dynamic nature of Paymerang’s business requires constant innovation in both the ways that business payments are made and the means of securing these payments. Automated testing is becoming an essential practice in the FinTech space as organizations increase their velocity and quality control.

In part two of this blog, we will cover best practices in test data provisioning for automated testing.

Paymerang CEO to Present at CPI Middle Market Summit

Commercial Payments International (CPI) connects the world’s top decision makers to discuss the latest developments in commercial cards and payments, share innovation and drive the industry forward. They do this through live events and interactive advisory boards that meet regularly throughout the year. Relationships forged at their events help the industry’s top executives meet today’s challenges and plan for the future.

Their annual summits take place in the US, Europe, Asia, and this year,  for the first time, Dubai, where they will focus on the Middle East and Africa.

Each summit offers an unrivaled opportunity for peer-to-peer networking, as well as discussion and debate about the latest legal, regulatory and technological developments in the commercial payments industry.

According to a recent survey from the National Center for the Middle Market, more than 70 percent of middle market companies reported improved year-over-year company performance. *

CPI provided an expanded Middle Market Summit program this year, reflecting on the growing opportunities to better serve this varied market segment.

Paymerang CEO, Nasser Chanda, was honored to present to an audience of over 100 senior-level industry delegates—representing over 50 leading organizations.
Middle market specialists from multinational and large regional banks as well as heads of middle market banking from local banks were in attendance. Financial
institutions of all types, consultants and key suppliers were also present at the summit.

Opportunities abound to provide cards and payments services that help these companies continue to thrive. Eliminating time consuming manual processes, addressing their cashflow needs, and transitioning them into the digital age are just some of the ways financial services can help with improving performance.

* Q4 2017 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) conducted by
the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM)

To view the full presentation click here.

Paymerang partners with AISNE for webinar

Paymerang is pleased to partner with AISNE to bring you an informational webinar, “Streamline Your Payments Process”. The webinar will be hosted by John Zaudtke, Vice President of Business Development at Paymerang. It will feature Michelle Mejiborsky from The Governor’s Academy.

Founded in 1763, the Governor’s Academy is a co-educational boarding and day preparatory school for grades 9-12 located in Byfield, Massachusetts. The academy is the oldest continuously operated boarding school in the U.S., with a 450-acre campus that houses extensive facilities for learning, athletics and the performing arts.

After experiencing a number of check fraud attempts, The Governor’s Academy began searching for a secure solution to pay their vendors and protect school assets. Paymerang’s services were recommended by a peer at a business officer round table. The idea of securely paying their vendors electronically, while creating efficiency and generating revenue, seemed like a no-brainer.

After completing a “super easy” implementation—one where Paymerang does most of the work—The Governor’s Academy has seen immediate benefits. They have been able to add an additional layer of fraud protection and have gained substantial efficiencies. Since time is no longer spent on printing, mailing and reconciling checks—their finance team is able to focus on more strategic tasks. Meanwhile, their vendors and faculty are thrilled to receive their payments in a timely and electronic fashion—all while earning valuable rebates for the school. It’s a win-win.

Paymerang is focused on making business payments easy. During this webinar attendees will learn about our platform, and also to hear from Michelle Mejiborsky regarding her experiences over the past four years partnering with Paymerang. This webinar is a great opportunity to learn how Paymerang can help your school simplify and streamline your payments while adding a layer of fraud protection and turning a profit.

 

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