baangt In Industries

baangt is versatile and useful for producers and consumers of software from all walks of life. Some industries though have specific needs, that are especially well addressed by baangt out of the box.

baangt in Banking

Banks often have large system landscapes, diversified customers and products. It often looks like each individual customer has it’s own set of parameters and business processes within the bank`s organization. KYC-Initiatives, PEP/FATCA compliance and a lot of regulatory demands must be fulfilled. On the other hand apps and online banking bring direct communications with end customers. It’s nearly impossible to test all processes in all combinations before a new increment is released to production.

This huge complexity and vast amounts of test cases make it an ideal environment for baangt to shine! Closer collaboration between IT-Departments and business people helps to avoid misunderstandings and find different interpretations of requirements early in the process - and long before reaching production systems.

Creating test cases in simple Excel sheets and communicating based on those expected results will streamline test processes and support project organizations to deliver better results in shorter time.

Insurance and baangt

Insurance is like banking on steroids - at least when it comes to complexity of the products, processes and system landscapes. Due to the variety of products (Life, P&C, Health, Car/Automotive) and the completely different processes for each of the product lines testing in insurance companies is complex and challenging. As in many other industries trends of recent years like off-shoring, near-shoring and outsourcing lead to less understanding of the business needs by service providers but also to less understanding of the underlying complexity when service providers extend or change existing code bases, which makes testing even more important as side-effects are more likely than back in the days when the internal IT people of the company knew exactly what they were dealing with.

Business departments especially during the last 5 years, but also for the next 5-10 years face challenges due to overaged work force. Companies manage to bring in young talents to take over the responsibility of insurance products development and maintenance of existing product landscape. At the same time they are competing on a global market, operating inside a strictly defined legal range of options, need to cut costs and innovate products to fit modern customer needs.

In this challenging, complex environment baangt helps by providing a simple yet powerful option for business experts to define, maintain and run their test cases. This option eliminates prolonged misunderstandings between IT-People and business department, increasing velocity for both sides and at the same time improves overall system stability, reduces TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and enables organizations to have faster time to market - a parameter very important in todays dynamic insurance landscape.

Production with baangt

Now we’re talking about companies, who use machinery of all kind and production optimization flows to produce high quality goods at competitive prices. The more flexible your machinery and the more steps a production cycle includes between customer order and paid invoice, the greater the need for baangt, assuming that as many steps as possible are automated.

While in banking and insurance it’s very common to have complete copies of system landscapes for development, migration and test, this rarely is the case in production companies - given that the various robots and machinery are usually running in shifts 24/7. Common approaches for those companies to update their landscape are planned downtimes (e.g. “Easter-” or “Christmas break”) when they stop production, upgrade all parts/software as planned and then slowly restart.

Other production companies take down “lines” (a more or less logical group of machines, that perform a sequence of work), often only for a few hours for upgrade processes. The secret to successful testing strategies in such environments is to mock.

Mocking is a technique in test automation, where we replace actual interfaces with synthetic data.

When we plan a large scale system upgrade we also test in variations of what might happen. E.g. the upgrade on Unit 6 will brick the engine, so we’ll have to reset Unit 6 to it’s previous conditon, while the rest of the plant is upgraded as originally planned. Will this work? If you have to guess whether this (not so uncommon) set-back will jeopardize the whole upgrade of a plant and cause additional unplanned 2 weeks downtime, Millions of losses for the company, workers who can’t earn money for their families, etc. and you are in charge, then you didn’t do a great job. With baangt you’d have used old and new mocks or stubs of those interfaces. Depending on the test results, you’d either have informed management about the elevated risk when the upgrade of Unit 6 goes wrong, or you’d be very relaxed because instead of guessing and hoping, you’d know, how the failed upgraded will influence the overall upgrade of the plant.

Key Takeaways

baangt is no silver bullet, nor does it do the work for you. Using baangt may actually cause more work on the short run, in case you didn’t automate any critical processes so far.

The more variables in your business processes and/or products, the more you should have a look at baangt.