Every successful organization in the world strives to have an ordered way of working as it is the most efficient way of delivering results. While minor changes affect efficiency, a major one can cause system delivery to become sub-optimal.  

Such a major change in software development occurs when the software has to be moved to a different server, the database has to be refreshed or the enterprise decides to upgrade the basic technology, technically known as a migration. In some cases, the migration is forced due to obsolescence of technology.  

Key pointers to note during System Migration  

Migration can prove to be challenging and give business headaches as a purportedly smooth system is uprooted to bring in technological upgrades.

It is imperative for the enterprise to ensure that after migration, the application or software should:  
  • Give a better performance than before the migration 
  • Not have any new glitches, especially those that can prove risky for the business 
  • Have all existing and new functionalities working error-free  
  • Be compatible with new hardware and software environment 

Why Migration Testing is important  

This is where Migration testing becomes paramount; it is the process of verifying that the entire migration of the software has satisfied the above-mentioned checkpoints. If new glitches arise post migration, the testing team should identify and fix it before it is re-launched.  

Migration testing involves pre-migration tests, tests during the actual migration, and post-migration testing. The last one is the one which ensures that the fresh system of working has not developed any glitches after adaptation to the new technology.  

Many enterprises in the retail and e-commerce space have had to migrate their systems from Salesforce Commerce Cloud (SFCC) to Salesforce’s StoreFront Reference Architecture (SFRA) to make their customer-facing applications friendlier for mobile users.  

This was because the earlier technology had become redundant and the websites were plagued with issues of performance, scalability, and maintenance issues.  

Companies largely want the testing team to ensure a smooth migration from SFCC to SFRA and implement a more mature and scalable test automation solution.  

To Quote a real-life scenario

For instance, a leading American retailer who has been operating for more than 100 years and has a presence of 240 stores across 33 states wanted to migrate their system from SFCC to SFRA with proper third-party integration. The retailer specializes in casual apparel, footwear, and accessories for youngsters, which makes it imperative for the retailer to upgrade their e-commerce website. 

Aspire’s testing experts understood the challenges and retailer’s needs and performed an end-to-end testing which covered all aspects like SFCC, Enterprise Order Management (EOM), Point of Sale (POS), Warehouse Management System (WMS), and others.  

This included creating more than 700 test cases for SFRA and more than 120 end-to-end test cases which covered order creation, order fulfilment, sales posting, and other various omnichannel scenarios.  

The solution eventually helped the retailer save USD 210,000 by speeding up regression cycles with 80% rapid build releases and reducing 80% of the testing efforts.  

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Siddharth Prabhakar