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Operational Testing


Operational testing
Testing is one of the most boosting branches of the software. It's only testing ensures that the website or an application is error free. Testing has to be done on the daily basis. One has to be very active and concentrated while doing testing as there may be very minute errors. In this context, operational testing is one of the most important tools in all the companies that assist in making a product or the application error free. There are many types of testing which helps to test the whole application properly.

Operational Testing is also known as Operational Acceptance Testing. This Operational Testing is used to conduct regular testing on the readiness of the application or the product, service or the system. Operational Testing tests the quality of the management system. It is a type of testing which is non functional and is used in the development of the software and maintains the software projects. There are many types of the Operational Testing. Some of which are:

  • Operational Documentation Review
  • Code Analysis
  • Installation Testing
  • End-to-End Test Environment Operational Testing
  • Service Level Agreement Monitoring Test
  • Load and Performance Test Operation
  • Security Testing
  • Backup and Restore Testing
  • Fail over Testing
  • Recovery Testing

Here we have some of the Operational Application Testing Approach:

  • The system has to be build to mimic Prod Environment
  • Deploy the build
  • Supportability of the system
  • Backup/ Recovery procedure Validation

Operational Testing is usually used to test the non-functional aspects of the system. As in case of the storage testing, we test the function of the system if it has a capacity and the function to store the data whereas in operational testing, it is checked if there is any back up or the restoring facility.

Operational Testing verifies if there are any disasters and if it has any recovery procedures because the recovery of the data and the information is very important. This also does the maintenance tasks which are very necessary. The periodic check of the security vulnerabilities is very important.

Operational Testing does all the checks at a regular time. Operational Testing includes the following aspects:

  • Component Testing
  • Failover (All the data within the same centre)
  • Component fail-over
  • Network fail-over
  • Functional Stability
  • Accessibility
  • Conversion
  • Stability
  • Usability
  • IT Service Management
  • Monitoring and Alerts (if something goes wrong, it ensures proper alert. This is configured in the system)
  • Portability

During Operational Testing, some changes can be made in the application environment so as to run the application smoothly. Operational Testing should be performed after all the main phases of a development cycle by the developers. Design build and the functional testing is very necessary to make the application error free. Few steps to approach to the Operational Testing and are mentioned below.

  • Design the system
  • Assess the design
  • Build the system
  • Confirm if built to design
  • Evaluate the system addresses business functional requirements
  • Deploy the system
  • Assess operability and supportability of the system.

There are few things a tester has to do to run the test cases. In this Operational Testing, single tester is held responsible for executing the test cases at a single point of time. Operational Testing, the exact operational readiness quality gates are defined: both entry and exit gates. The main objective of the Operational Testing is to achieve stability, portability and reliability of the system.