Worksoft Certify Review

The easy of use and ease of integration are very good

What is our primary use case?

We have been using Worksoft Certify for ten years.

How has it helped my organization?

We do automation of both SAP and other applications: One of them is our new grants management system. Originally, they wanted to do everything manually. Now, they highly rely on us to do testing in very short periods. 

We do web UI testing of modern applications. In our environment, we have SuccessFactors, plus SRM through Fiori. 

We also do performance testing and end-to-end testing of packaged applications, like SAP, InfoEd, and OnCore.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features right now are the Capture capability and versioning. The Capture 2.0 has a lot of flexibility.

The easy of use and ease of integration of Worksoft Certify are very good.

What needs improvement?

We are looking for some enhancements on the Capture 2.0 tool. This would give us the ability to control it directly, like we could with Capture 1.0. Right now, Capture 2.0 doesn't really work for our Business Analysts. Because they don't work with it all the time, it's a little complicated for them to stay up to speed on it. With Capture 1.0, we wrote a wrapper to make it easier for them to use, but we can't use that wrapper with Capture 2.0. So, if Capture 2.0 gets enhanced, we'll start using it. For an enhancement, we want to be able to start and stop recording through an API. Then, we want to see how many steps have been recorded through the API.

We do a lot of test maintenance because they are constantly changing the applications. This is one of our biggest problems that are constantly making changes and switching products. For example, we used to use the Supply Relationship Manager. Now, all those tests that we build there will be replaced when we go to Ariba. All the old SAP GUI stuff for HCM, when we got SuccessFactors was thrown out, then had to be redone with SuccessFactors.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It gives you the ability to have a more structured environment for tests. It is not just recording of key strokes. It is more systematized, more like a programming language. That is the biggest advantage for us. Because of its consistency, once the developers know one skill set, they can use it to automate any application.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales well. We have eight offshore people and four developers in New York. We can add developers as needed. With the offshore team, we've have at least 20 people trained on Worksoft, but eight people actively on the team now.

We have about a 1000 active users with about 5000 users total. However, this includes all of the employees and their self-service.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. They have always been a great help. With a lot of companies, you can't even really talk to the developers that someones provides you. With Worksoft, you can get a hold of the developers and work with them. It is all very timely.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward. We just build the database and installed the client application on the system. There was nothing out of the ordinary about it. It is not like setting up a lot of the IBM products or the Quality Manager, where there were so many different modules. There was just one module to set up.

What was our ROI?

During our yearly upgrades, we have now gotten them down to ten days or less. We have Worksoft run all our integration tests, where it used to take probably six weeks to do that manually.

As far as maintenance testing, it has saved us time. We find problems a lot of the time that they aren't aware of. This is because we run the tests even though they don't ask us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Micro Focus QuickTest Professional (QTP).

What other advice do I have?

Properly staff the testing team before they attempt to do automation. Be aware that this will not be a one-time overnight process. We tried to automate everything in two months with eight people, and it was impossible.

We have been using it for so many years that we are really very happy with it.

We will be converting to Ariba for purchasing, so that will have to be automated.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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