Application Testing

Testing Accelerator



Testing Accelerator

The Arcsona Testing Accelerator is based on either HP Application Lifecycle Management or Worksoft Certify. In either environment, we can immediately create all testing components needed for a comprehensive, end-to-end test of many major applications.


How it works

Arcsona’s testing accelerator for Salesforce or SugarCRM extracts relevant metadata from the specific “org” to create testing components for all objects and page layouts by user type. This approach allows us to pinpoint which users may be affected by certain defects and to quickly arrange and rearrange components to meet all of a client’s testing needs.

Arcsona has developed accelerators for many applications, including SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite, Siebel, Eloqua, BigMachines and others.

By combining multiple accelerators, we can create automated scripts that begin testing in one application, transfer information to another, and then log in to that second system to check on the success of the interface.  This provides a truly integrated testing process. Arcsona has successfully created broad-based scripts for large organizations to encompass entire business processes.

Testing and Domain Expertise


According to a study by Carnegie Mellon University, it can cost up to fifty times more to fix a defect that has leaked into the production environment than it does to fix the same defect if it’s discovered during the design phase of the software development lifecycle.

Arcsona uses its domain expertise and proprietary testing frameworks to uncover defects early in the development process, no matter what implementation methodology is used.


Domain Expertise

The more complex the organization, the more complex the application testing becomes. Customized legacy systems and applications found in many organizations often have evolved with the business and provide important functionality; but because they cannot not easily be retired and extracted from the system landscape, they can prove troublesome when organizations migrate to the cloud.

Arcsona’s knowledge of how earlier generations of systems were developed and deployed gives us important insights into how to build effective interfaces and test the combined system as modifications are rolled out.

We have conducted most SaaS implementation and testing projects in the enterprise, where domain expertise and legacy-systems knowledge are key to helping customers successfully deploy new systems.

Application Testing


It can cost up to fifty times more to fix a defect that has leaked into a production environment than it does to fix the same defect if it’s discovered during the design phase of the software development lifecycle, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University.

Arcsona uses its domain expertise and proprietary-testing frameworks to uncover defects early in the development process, no matter what implementation methodology is used.


Case Studies


Challenge A global technology company needed to efficiently manage unwieldy user acceptance tests (UAT) that were required for its quarterly Salesforce releases. The firm has five separate Salesforce implementations that are also integrated into various systems.

Due to the complexity of the overall system, the critical issue for this client was the depth and breadth of its business-driven user acceptance testing (UAT). Depending on the level of system modifications required with any single release, IT could expect upwards of 600 individuals, each with valid demands, to request involvement with UAT.

With four large annual releases of its Salesforce environment, the complexity and difficulty of large-scale user testing threatened to delay and possibly derail the release schedule.

Solution Arcsona built a testing harness encompassing the entire Salesforce infrastructure that could successfully complete the entire transaction from the perspective of the appropriate end-user in each of the component business systems. Tests began in Aprimo, migrated to Eloqua for marketing management and transferred to Salesforce to begin testing opportunity management functionality. The client used BigMachines for quoting and had a very complex system of email approval for discounts (represented by deal governance in the diagram above), all of which were incorporated into the testing.

Result Arcsona’s solution dramatically reduced the number of UAT participants from more than 500 to a few dozen and elevated their role to that of UAT auditors. They were still able to perform manual tests, but their main function became to review reports that documented the results of hundreds of test executions performed by Arcsona’s automated system.

The company decreased the number of testers by 75 percent and dramatically increased the depth and breadth of the test into many corner cases and regression areas—those affecting a small number of users— that couldn’t be tested manually. The automated testing solution facilitated thorough and rapid resolution of system defects and enabled IT to deliver according to the company’s release schedule.