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Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

  • 1.  Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    Posted Jul 13, 2018 03:37 PM

    Our company is looking at implementing an automated testing solution for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 with eventual upgrade to D365.  We would like to have test sets we can run after code changes to help reduce the time it takes to test (currently done manually) and improve quality.  We are a large manufacturing company (around 70 mfg. locations) so looking for a tool that will scale well.  We have seen demos of Axeptance and Rapise and do like many features they offer.  Am looking for any insight from those whom have any experience with any types of automation tools… however if there are any other large mfg. organizations, input would be a bonus! 



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    Cassie Munoz
    Masonite International
    Tampa FL
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  • 2.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 16, 2018 03:43 AM
    At the place I worked for last year, we searched for automated tool for AX 2012, and could not find anything viable that would not involve massive R&D investment building everything from scratch - so you seem to be ahead of what we got,

    Working now with D365 my insight is that the technology between the versions are so massively different that you need to do extra due diligence to make sure the investment you make in AX 2012 tool would not be lost when you change into D365.
    If I were you I would ask some solid demo of what kind of conversion tools you will get when it's time to move to D365

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    Zvika Rimalt
    Functional Consultant
    Vancouver BC
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  • 3.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 16, 2018 10:45 AM
    For D365, there are rumors that Microsoft will be releasing a new tool for testing sometime later this year.  You might want to look at the standard Form Adapters testing tool that is currently in D365.  While it has it's drawbacks, the nice part is that you can use the Task Recorder to "record" the test and have it run automatically.  The main drawback is that if you change the form in any way, it will break the test.  But the best part about it is the price tag, which is free.  I have not seen a decent tool for AX2012, not for a lack of trying.

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    Patrick Hodo
    Chief Technical Officer
    Red Maple
    BOERNE TX
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  • 4.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    Posted Jul 16, 2018 12:40 PM
    I really appreciate the feedback!  I will keep the conversion tool in mind, and also take a deeper look at the testing tool in Dynamics!

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    Cassie Munoz
    Masonite International
    Tampa FL
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  • 5.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    Posted Aug 01, 2018 03:32 AM
    Hi Cassie,

    We are currently in the process of implementing AXeptance - Automated Tests in Microsoft Dynamics


    Axeptance remove preview
    AXeptance - Automated Tests in Microsoft Dynamics
    AXeptance is a software solution to create and execute automated tests in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations and Microsoft Dynamics AX.
    View this on Axeptance >

    We are AX 2012 R2, but, I believe it happily ports to D365.

    I'm not on the implementation team myself, but, can get you more details (and possibly a contact) if you are interested.

    Thanks Dave

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    David Coulson
    Graham & Brown
    Blackburn
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  • 6.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    Posted Feb 15, 2019 08:13 AM
    Cassie, you may also try on Executive Automats - Automated Microsoft Dynamics AX / 365

    from XPLUS

    ExecutiveAutomats.com remove preview
    Executive Automats - Automated Microsoft Dynamics AX / 365
    Executive Automats is an intuitive automation tool. Reduce the time and cost for rollouts, new releases, user licensing, and documentation in Microsoft Dynamics
    View this on ExecutiveAutomats.com >

    This is a complete, automated testing suite for AX2012 with some nice additional very useful features.
    Together with D365 upgrade you may skip into Executive Automats 365 that is even better.

    To make it clear - I'm personally affiliated with that company but we have usually a very positive feedback on our solution that makes it worth promoting and trying  :) 



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    Artur Zyzak
    Head of Product Development
    XPLUS SA / Executive Automats

    Warsaw, POLAND
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  • 7.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    MICROSOFT MVP
    Posted Feb 18, 2019 09:44 AM
    Cassie,

    Microsoft has released the Regression Suite Automation Tool for D365FO:

    Regression Suite Automation Tool (RSAT)

    This tool allows for extremely customizable tests to be ran using a task recording output as a baseline and an Excel file as the inputs to run it with. It is in active development and getting lots of feedback and updates regularly. It also ties into Azure DevOps testing suites so you get an overview of what tests passed/failed and why.

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    Alex Meyer
    Director of Dynamics AX/365 for Finance & Operations Development
    Fastpath
    Des Moines, IA
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  • 8.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Feb 19, 2019 02:53 AM
    I can confirm the RSAT works pretty neat. BUT the setup of the tool and the proper installation is quite a journey.
    We needed a technical consultant from our implementation partner to fulfil the steps not written in the instruction.

    I can also confirm Patricks input of breakage. You need to use generic Task Guides to run the automated test AND you cannot create existing data. The test will fail. So think properly through your test scenarios.

    I say give it some time to reach a higher and more mature state. Then I see some true potential.

    We're on D365FO and use RSAT for the monthly upgrade preparation. I can give you a more hands on feedback by the end of April.

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    Andreas Möerker
    SIGVARIS
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  • 9.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    Posted Feb 19, 2019 10:18 AM

    Andreas makes very good points about RSAT, especially about "using generic task guides to run automated tests" and "not creating existing data".  That is 1 of the several reasons we still use our tool - Executive Automats.
    We can also include that RSAT doesn't work with AX2012, only D365 and is limited to for Finance and Operations.
    While RSAT, is an improvement, it needs very careful and specific management that requires time and effort on its own.  I'm sure Microsoft will eventually make it more intuitive and user friendly, but for now, it isn't there yet. 



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    Artur Zyzak
    Head of Product Development
    XPLUS S A
    Warszawa
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  • 10.  RE: Seeking Automated Testing Tool Input for AX 2012 R3/D365

    Posted 2 days ago

    With the latest Selenium based test automation accelerator combined with Microsoft easy repro dev library, you can thoroughly test the D-365 FinOps. Benefits of having code-based automation is that it can handle different integration aspect pretty neat, which is a major drawback in codeless and standalone accelerators.



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    Anish Roy
    Director - D365 Quality Assurance
    Testhouse Ltd
    London, UK
    https://www.testhouse.net/dynamics365/
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