Managing TA successfully

Overview of our KIG products, TA solutions & services

The products are combined in the Keep IT Green Test Automation Suite and, as a system integrator, we provide the necessary services and project planning for the successful implementation and investment protection of your TA activities.

With Keep IT Green (KIG), Mentopolis provides a complete TA suite that organizes and centrally controls your TA projects as well as mapping the TA lifecycle.


The Evergreen testsets for the IT Workplace Manager allows immediate, customized deployment for regression tests on Win10 workstations and mobile devices.


Only systematic rapid technological development (EEP programming instead of scripting) on the basis of powerful function libraries and highly flexible parameter handling make it possilbe to rapidly create and modify test cases and execute them.


An audit-proof repository as the company-wide basis for analysis, metrics and reporting centrally manages all data (including test systems) as an RDBMS.

 

 

TA Studio offers the test manager the complete workflow in the operational TA lifecycle:

  • Test configuration: projects, scenarios, modules etc. as well as test execution takes place here
  • Test execution: all test modules and eggplant components are controlled via TA Studio
  • Test evaluation: all results including analyses and statistics are centrally available

Core elements of TA Studio are the GUI (TA Studio interface) and a relational database as repository, which communicate with the eggplant modules (diagram).


TA Studio as the central administration and control module:

  •     Management of the entire test automation process including project, customer, test scenarios, test modules, etc.
  •     Repository (audit-compliant relational database incl. historization, versioning, HW/SW assignments)
  •     Reporting and statistics module
  •     Parameter management
  •     Control and scheduling of test execution (via eggplant components)
  •    KIG libraries for Enhanced Eggplant Programming (powerful and maintainable test case creation with function blocks)

 

The Evergreen testsets provide fully automated regression tests for the continuous verification of the functional capability of Win10 and mobile device workstations.

The out-of-the-box Evergreen Basic solution tests the system and services for Win10 end devices and can be individually customized and extended to satisfy your governance and policy rules.

The Evergreen testsets come with predefined test modules for the fundamental Win10 test areas:

  • Operating System
  • Net Security
  • Office365
  • Collaboration
  • Cloud Services
  • Applications (WEB & business)

Permanent customization and maintenance of ready-to-use testsets in the update cycle of MS Evergreen releases for Win10.

You define, we develop and operate

Thanks to the non-invasive approach of eggplant-based technology and the KIG suite (methods & solutions), we can offer our customers genuine "Test Automation-as-a-Service".

  • The customer determines the systems to be tested, the relevant business applications and names workflows or use cases
    • The customer determines where our test laboratory is located: whether in the customer cloud, on-premise or in our cloud
  • We specify the corresponding test cases, develop the EEP test scripts and configure YOUR KIG system for operation. This means that development and operation can be freely scaled at any time

Knowledge transfer: "Practical application of eggplant and KIG"

The content is jointly greed in line with customer wishes.
In addition to an introduction, the content is designed to reflect the future focus: "TAaaS" or "Competence Center".".

  • Introduction to the architecture and configuration of the customer-specific environment as well as an overview of the "Keep-IT-Green" solution, definition and explanation of all relevant eggplant and KIG components for TA customer projects and workplace management
  • KIG methods: TA project management and development with "Enhanced Eggplant Programming" (EEP) incl. KIG repository
  • Best practices: pragmatic methods and solutions of customized eggplant testsets and monitoring of results
  • Dedicated evaluation of customer requirements in TA as the basis for recommending "next steps" and TA strategies
  • Aims: familiarization of decision-makers with technologies and strategies

 

Recommendations for this:

  • "Getting started" with eggplant and Keep IT Green
  • "TA development" with KIG methods and repository
  • "Live KIG implementation" with Enhanced Eggplant Programming
  • "Best practices" geared to customer requirements
  •  "Next steps" options for TA project planning and strategies

 

Our expert test automation team, with its focus on eggplant and KIG, offers you support for YOUR original customer goal in your TA projects:

  • Setup, configuration and maintenance of the test environment (test laboratory, test machines [SUTs], integration of eggplant and KIG components, etc.)
  • Rapid design and development of your test cases (use case goes test case, test case goes test script, test script goes test run)
  • Knowledge transfer and consulting in establishing and expanding as in-house TA Competence Center (CC)

Our approach prioritizes the direct implementation of your test automation and at the same time allows the transfer of know-how for independent implementation to take place.

 

We are happy to support you over the complete TA process chain

  • Specification (technical concept, test case description and methodical test case design)
  • Development (eggplant scripting, Enhanced Eggplant Programming, integration of KIG libraries and EEP parameters)
  • Interface and API development (interfaces to monitoring & test tools, automated process triggers)
  • Operation (operation of test execution with administration, configuration and optional integration in TA Studio)
  • Analysis (evaluation of test runs, fault diagnosis and reporting/statistics)

 

PoC (proof of concept): eggplant test automation

Proof of the suitability of the eggplant modules for test automation in the IT workplace environment

  • Mentopolis installs EP system for familiarization purposes
    • Including 3 days on site with briefing and connection of 1-2 test machines (SUTs with basic Win10 image or similar)
  • Customer provides test infrastructure (server, clients)
  • No license costs while PoC runs (30-60 days)
    • Customer can evaluate technology and test basic functionalities for IT workplace deployment

PoC (proof of concept): KIG solution for IT workplace management and test automation for Evergreen IT

Evaluation and proof of concept of the "Keep IT Green" suite, TA Studio, and Windows 10 "Evergreen Basic" testsets in the customer-specific enviroment, including on-site workshops to ensure knowledge transfer

  • Provision of a productively deployable KIG test laboratory
    • Installation of the "Keep IT Green" suite (TA Studio, KIG repository, and Windows 10 "Evergreen Basic" testsets), including the relevant eggplant components
    • Connection of 1-2 SUTs (test machines with basic Windows 10 image or similar)
  • Commissioning and customer-specific configuration
  • Implementation of two use cases in the customer infrastructure
    • Customer defines own use cases (e.g. via Windows Steps-Recorder) , design and implementation in EEP, and import into TA Studio as well as verification of feasibility and performance
  • On-site workshops at cusromer's
    • "Getting Started" basic knowledge of the KIG suite, and live implementation of a customer use case
  • No license costs during the PoC period (30-60 days)

Pilot

Realization of customer-specific solutions for test automation (fixed price or 'time  and materials')

  • KIG specification (use case goes test case)
  • Realization of individual test cases for system and business applications
  • Initial project on request according to phase model:
    • Conceptual planning of use cases, design of test cases and EEP development
  • Result
    • KIG complete solution for planning, controlling and executing all TA tasks with IT workplace and business application tests

 

KIG Benefits

Our "all-in-one" Keep IT Green test automation suite (eggplant-based) - sustainable and efficient test automation that works ....

Performance improvement >100%

Over the complete TA lifecycle

Significant cost reduction

In TA development

Audit-compliant repository

Central relational database

High maintainability

KIG libraries

KIG method kit

Notation and EEP principles

Complete TA project control

TA Studio as KIG control instance

With Keep IT Green (KIG), Mentopolis provides a complete TA suite that centrally manages and controls its eggplant-based TA projects via TA Studio and maps them in a highly flexible manner via EEP and the KIG libraries.

On the one hand, we focus on the realization and optimization of customer-specific requirements in test automation. On the other hand, fully automated regression testing for workplace management is at the center of the finished testset solutions.

The combination of eggplant technology and KIG solution is particularly suitable for use in the test areas of regression, E2E and mobile devices, as well as so-called "business testing".

KIG methods and tools allow the rapid implementation of test requirements. With the help of non-invasive test automation and a focus on functionalities from the end customer's point of view (testing of user stories, safeguarding the expected user experience), high test coverage can be achieved even with short or tight release cycles.

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