Manufacturers are challenged with minimizing the business impact when executing PLM software upgrades, customization, and maintenance. Any downtime can have a significant impact on product delivery and customer experience. PLM test automation improves quality, minimizes human error, reduces validation time, and increases test coverage.

A PLM system consists of different processes and components such as document management, workflows, data management, BOM management, change and configuration management, and others that are regularly updated with the latest releases and vendor upgrades. More importantly, a PLM environment involves multiple applications, databases, and devices that can be affected by the slightest change. It is critical to identify changes at the functional, system, and UI layer to avoid any disruptions and errors in data that can impact multiple departments.

Proper PLM testing ensures delivery of a fully compliant and functioning system without the risk of broken code, or a product built incorrectly due to a BOM not being updated across all systems – leading to poor quality and user experience. With test automation, you can easily determine stability to validate and release new customization, features, and bug fixes minimizing the risks of costly failures in production.

By 2024, Gartner estimates organizations will lower operational costs by 30% by combining advanced automation technologies with redesigned operational processes. PLM Test automation ensures that companies can maximize test coverage and drive efficiency improvements, all with an eye on quality. With automated exploratory testing and fixed regression packs, companies can spot bugs prior to release and address them efficiently before they have a chance to negatively affect business outcomes.

Why Move from a PLM Manual Testing to Automated Testing?

It is critical for product and operation teams to move from predominantly manual testing to automated testing. With ever-changing technology, systems and personnel, test automation becomes necessary for continuous improvement to deliver better quality and faster turnaround time.

  1. Offers a more cost effective and collaborative approach between product and operation teams to reduce product errors in production and the field
  2. Supports an Agile methodology – allowing companies to test small, quick pieces of functionality or run multiple tests simultaneously at any time during the lifecycle to ensure data integrity
  3. Shortens adoption lifecycle to quickly perform functional and regression testing for more frequent releases of any major PLM release of new customization, version, and/or fixes
  4. Delivers Continuous improvement/continuous development (CICD) to minimize disruption and avoid downtime

Companies are now looking to reduce their test implementation costs as their design sizes grow and quality requirements more stringent.  With Test Automation, you can quickly test your PLM environment before deploying into production whether a bug fix, upgrade, maintenance, IT patches, and scheduled enhancement.  The goal is to test early, often and consistently for better productivity.

Razorleaf has the expertise to provide PLM Test Automation utilizing our methodology and tools by leading companies such as Eggplant Software.  Razorleaf provides PLM installation, customization & configuration, writing & execution of test cases for better adoption and innovation.

Reduce manual, time-consuming, and error-prone testing so that teams can spend time on higher-value tasks. Learn how Test Automation leads to faster software release times with more test coverage, and zero bugs.

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