Challenges Faced by AEM Testers: Dependency on Developers

Introduction:

Organizations from all over the world use Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), a popular content management system, to design, administer, and deliver digital experiences. The efficacy and quality of applications built on the AEM platform are heavily reliant on AEM testers. AEM testing, however, has its own special set of difficulties, such as dependency on developers. Typically, testers working within the BFSI or telecom industries do not see this dependency. We will examine the difficulties AEM testers encounter in this blog and throw light on these challenges.

  1. Complex AEM Architecture:

Complex architecture of AEM, poses a significant challenge for testers. It consists of multiple components authoring and testing, content repositories(DAM), workflow testing, and integration with other systems(Example-Lionbridge connector). Testers need a deep understanding of AEM’s architecture to effectively test its various components, which can be time-consuming and require continuous learning.

  1. Frequent Content Updates:

AEM is designed to handle dynamic content which sometimes required frequent updates. This poses challenges for testers as they need to ensure that the content updates do not introduce any issues or break existing functionality. Coordinating with developers to understand the changes and testing them thoroughly within limited time can be challenging. The dependency on developers can slow down the testing process and create bottlenecks. It increases the chances of defect leak.

  1. Customization and Personalization:

AEM allows extensive customization and personalization of digital experiences. Testers need to validate these customizations across different devices, browsers, and user scenarios. However, such customization requires a deep understanding of the underlying code and configuration, making testers reliant on developers to provide the necessary technical insights such as where to configure specific content- on template level or OSGI level or component level or page properties.

4. Timelines and Release Cycles:

AEM projects often follow tight timelines and frequent release cycles to meet business demands. This puts pressure on testers and developers to deliver comprehensive test coverage(unit testing and functional testing)within limited time frames. The dependency on developers for fixing issues or clarifying requirements can cause delays and impact the overall release schedule.

Conclusion:

AEM testing presents unique challenges that differentiate it from testing in domains such as BFSI or telecom or any other domain. The heavy reliance of AEM testers on developers is a significant challenge which can impact the efficiency and productivity of the testing process and slowdown the overall product delivery. To address these challenges, organizations must try introducing few activities which would increase the collaboration between testers and developers, provide appropriate training and upskilling opportunities for testers, and establish some inhouse fun activities to improve the overall efficiency of team members.

While the dependency on developers may persist, it is crucial for AEM testers to continuously enhance their skills, learn and gain better understanding of the technology to become more self-reliant and effective in their testing efforts. With the right support and expertise, AEM testers can overcome these challenges which would leads to the successful delivery of high-quality digital experiences.

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