Get business analysts/experts to DIRECTLY author & automate tests - Selenium-based SIMPLE, SCRIPTLESS, COST-EFFECTIVE Test Automation platform - for diverse portfolio of enterprise applications

• Sharing our experience of rapidly transitioning automated testing of multiple technology-diverse enterprise applications to a Selenium-based solution framework (we call it SAFAL!!), thus enabling higher release velocity & lowered costs.
• By enabling business analysts / domain experts to intuitively specify test scenarios/cases in an easy-to-use interface, powered by a powerful Selenium-based test automation architecture - we have moved to a higher velocity delivery at lower $ costs across a large portfolio of software applications.
• Enabled a small group of technical/Selenium experts to support growing number of application testing in a scalable manner. Simplified test automation eliminate requirement of high-end skill set resources and enable all set of users (QA, Dev., BA, Product support, PS ) to take benefit of test automation and contribute in improving product quality by building automation script.
• No need to spend significant efforts to build test automation framework at individual product level as Automation solution provides an in-built generic framework.

Get a quick demo & understanding of SAFAL – that enables business analysts to rapidly generate automated tests.

The benefits it has reaped are huge – but so were the challenges we had to overcome to get a globally diverse organization transitioned to such an approach!!

Key Characteristics of SAFAL





Simplified Test Automation

(3 Steps Test Automation -> 1. Test Data 2.Object Identification 3. Test flow.)

Spreadsheet to define BOTH test scenarios and business processes.


Easy & Minimal efforts require for script maintenance for on going releases.


Script can be reused across environments(Dev, QA, UAT, Per-Production, Client )


Functional flow and Test data is abstracted.
Script can be easily port from one environment to other environment


No need for technical skills to create and/or read automated test scenarios or business processes (abstraction).

Users (BA, Functional Tester, and Developer) can create automated keyword scripts using MS excel or the Script Editor once familiar with the keyword repository.


Its in-house solution so any new request for enhancement can be implemented quicker.


Enrich keyword repository consist of 400+ keywords various technologies and exclusive 100 keywords for HTML5 controls/framework .


Built a comprehensive regression pack for multiple products(8-10) in AM Segment.


Multi-thread versions of SAFAL enable us to run multiple scripts concurrently, which play a vital role in reducing regression duration.


No tool expertise and proprietary scripting language skill set resource require. Member in product group could create automation script easily.

Key Features of SAFAL




Automation Scripting- Excel

Language support for keyword creation- JAVA

Integration with Defect Tracking tool (JIRA)

Customized Result

 Template based approch

Capture screen shot for Failure steps

Database Testing

Hybrid Framework

Report Output type(PDF/EXCEL/HTML)

Concurrent execution

Web service Testing

Script Editor

Interface for Auto-Email

Single solution

(UI, Web Service & Database)

Integration with BMT

(Jenkins and Hudson)


Report Comparison

(Excel, PDF, TEXT, CSV)

Technology Plug-ins


NexaWeb/Web Service)

Object Map

Cross Browser Certification

(IE, Chrome, Firefox)

Integration with Test Management Tool

(Test Link)


HTML 5.0 Support

Version control


Outline/Structure of the Case Study

- Introducting SAFAL (our home-grown Selenium-based automation platform) [slideware] - 10 Mins

- Quick DEMO of SAFAL - 5 Mins

- What benefits have we got from this? - 5 Mins

- What challenges we faced? - 10 Mins

- What have we learnt from it?! - 10 Mins

- Q&A - 5 Mins

Learning Outcome

- Understand the benefits derived from enabling business experts to independently author and generate automated tests

- How can Selenium be leveraged for the same?

- The hard benefits of taking this approach

- The org challenges we faced, and what we learnt from the experience

Target Audience

Testers, Automation Engineers, Test Managers

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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  • Sagar Jain
    By Sagar Jain  ~  5 years ago
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    This sounds like I wonder how your tool is different than number of other keyword driven/scriptless tools available as FOSS or from vendors. What's special about this? 

    I thought using BDD framework with Selenium is easy with BA's and Experts, but then how it is different than BDD? 


    • Kamlesh Khatwad
      By Kamlesh Khatwad  ~  5 years ago
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      We look for test automation beyond a Tool so always try to build a solution which works as eco system under SDLC umbrella.

      As our focus not to build a perfect solution (already there in Market) but build a solution which satisfies our test automation need and fit into SDLC umbrella.

      Our plan not to do publicity of SAFAL through this forum but we certainly would like to share our idea more towards how SAFAL was evolved means a different way to think test automation and how to efficiently utilize open source library, what was our need, learning and share challenges faced/facing to make an standard test automation tool across organization in last 6+ years, How this solution address most common parameters to be consider to begin with Test Automation.


  • Dave Haeffner
    By Dave Haeffner  ~  5 years ago
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    I like the idea of a standard toolchain for testing across an organization, and it looks like you have a lot of great features in your tool. But I think the real value in this talk is less in how you solve the technical challenges and what the benefits of the tool are, but really, the organizational challenges you faced and how you achieved adoption of the tool. Based on my experiences integrating new automation at companies, this is not a simple thing to accomplish.

    Also, I'm not familiar with SAFAL. Is it open source or proprietary?

    • Kamlesh Khatwad
      By Kamlesh Khatwad  ~  5 years ago
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      Its general perception that test automation means having tool and you are done with test automation whereas reality is quite different as we all know having successful test automation require a lot of parameters to be consider and certainly one of them is a tool satisfy our test automation need may not be perfect tool.

      Some of parameters like Licensing fee and annual maintenance cost (AMC) for Testing Tool, Requirement of specific skill set of resource, Efforts & duration to build a stable and a robust framework, Efforts & duration to create a comprehensive regression suite, Efforts spend on Manual Testing for each cycle, Duration of Regression cycle, How to establish automation ROI.All these contribute to COST, HUMAN EFFORT, and TIME.

      Trust us , Our plan not to demonstrate features or functionalities of SAFAL but  we certainly would like to share our idea more towards how SAFAL was evolved means a different way to think test automation and how to efficiently utilize open source library, what was our need, learning and share challenges faced/facing to make an standard test automation tool across organization in last 6+ years, How this solution address most common parameters as mention above.


           SAFAL is in-house solution of SunGard and usages Selenium library for Web application automation

  • Carolyn Beckler
    By Carolyn Beckler  ~  5 years ago
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    This is a great automated testing tool.  My team has been using it for over a year now and have built over 100 automated tests of varying kinds - including simple smoke tests and complex regression scenarios.  Everyone on the team can use it - Testers, Coders, Business Analysts ...

  • uday
    By uday  ~  5 years ago
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    SAFAL is probably most user friendly frame work I have seen on Selenium platform. Great GUI is supported with capability, portability, reliability and wonderful reporting which includes different graphical representation.

  • Dnyaneshwar Daphal
    By Dnyaneshwar Daphal  ~  5 years ago
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    SAFAL is great Automation tool. Easy to use. Easy to learn. I feel very proud, I was part of SAFAL development team.

    The progress made by this tool is tremendous. 

  • Anuja Parag Kolhe
    By Anuja Parag Kolhe  ~  5 years ago
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    SAFAL is really a good framework and is very easy to go with even if you have minimum technical knowledge. It supports Web Applications very well and also started up for supporting windows based applications (that's the best part of it).

  • usiddharth
    By usiddharth  ~  5 years ago
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    Being SAFAL Automation tool user I can say it is one of the BEST solution as test automation because of the following reasons:

    1] Language Agnostic approach – When we talk about the any automation tool then team should have certain technical expertise, at least one of the language like Java, Perl, Ruby, VBScript etc.  The people who use the tool should have technical expertise to use the tool.  But with SAFAL automation tool we overcome this challenge.  Non-technical team member can writes/developed the automated script, just required basis knowledge of object identification.  Currently SAFAL Automation tool is used by Manual testing team, Development team and BA during the SCRUM.  I can say it is one the big achievement.

    2] Single solution for multiple application [Re-usable] – SAFAL Automation tool now widely used by more than 8-10 product group in SunGard.  That means it is common solution for multiple web based product.

    3] Error handling – SAFAL Automation tool has provision to handle error expected/un-expected during the execution.  Error handling can be done at the script level, Example if any step gets failed user can instruct to tool that script needs to Stop OR Skip some next number of steps OR proceed with next driver iteration.

    4] Customize Result – SAFAL Automation tool generates result in various format like PDF, Excel, HTML.  This is self-explanatory and easy to understand.

    5] Mail Notification for script execution complete – SAFAL Automation tool has provision where user can defined mail distribution list and sends the result on completion of execution.

    6] Scheduler – I can say this one of the key feature of SAFAL Automation tool.  It has provision where user can schedule the script on desired system at desire time.  Script will kick-off on schedule time and send the result through mail on completion.

    7] Execute through Command line – User can invoke the SAFAL Automation tool’s script through command line by passing dynamic parameters.  We have created the BAT files for single script which we execute against multiple environments by passing the dynamic parameters (URL, user name, password etc).

    8] Multi-Threading feature – SAFAL Automation tool provide feature where user can executes the multiple test simultaneously.  This really saves the time.

    9] Smartly Implemented Selenium Solution to overcome the common challenges – Seleinum-WebDriver has given very good feature i.e. JavaScriptExecutor.  It really helps a lot to overcome common challenges.  Selenium lover must have face challenge where “click()” method SOMETIME does not click on link, again this intermediate issues but it impact on script execution.  To overcome this issue, we used Selenium-JavascriptExecutor Class which first focus on link and then click on it.  Likewise this used JavaScriptExecutor solution for other challenges as well. All these challenges are address and incorporated in SAFAL Automation tool.


    10] Multi-Technology support – SAFAL Automation tool has different plug-ins to automate the other technologies application like For API Testing - SOAP WebService, RESTFul Service, For automating legacy application - Mainframe-IBM Rumba, For automating Wiindow based VBA – Excel based application, PuTTY, WPF and Ifragistic etc.  This plug-ins allows to automate end to end test.

  • Desigan Pillay
    By Desigan Pillay  ~  5 years ago
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    really like this idea - traditional automation scripting requires expensive technical resources - finding resources that have both the technical knowledge and business knowledge required to create automate scripts/tests that actually add value and find bugs is extremely dificult. By eliminating the scripting/technicality around script creation we can get the actual business users and functional testers of the application who understand the application best to create automated test cases directly instead of wasting their time documenting manual steps. Now this is innovation. 

    plus plus plus from me ! when do you go to market? 

  • Gyaneshwar
    By Gyaneshwar  ~  5 years ago
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    I have been using SAFAL framework since last 4 years, and found this tool really awesome!!! Either it is web application, WPF application, Database testing or web service testing, this tool is capable of automating any complex requirements. It's very easy to automate the scenarios if you have knowledge of the various keywords.

  • kedar
    By kedar  ~  5 years ago
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    This seems really a Quick, easy and adoptable solution that to it eliminates the large investment of time in making POC for automation framework for number of products. As it is very user friendly specifically when non- techie folks can start adding value add in with it, it will really help all stakeholders of project to explore on it and enable all of them to achieve quality.  By Name its very SAFAL .



    • Bhavika Kala
      By Bhavika Kala  ~  5 years ago
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      SAFAL has proved to be an efficient tool, by handling various complex scenarios. 

  • Ashish Joshi
    By Ashish Joshi  ~  5 years ago
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    Safal is like an Umbrela under it you can automate following using it's hybrid framework (Keyword + Datadriven)

    1) Web Based Application

    2) Database 

    3) WebService

    4) Windows based application (up to certain limit)

    5) Some of the application like Putty, Mainframe, OLE (up to certain limit)  

    One tool for end to end testing.


  • Ankit Jain
    By Ankit Jain  ~  5 years ago
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    SAFAL is good framework for non tecnical background person.

  • Vipul Sharma
    By Vipul Sharma  ~  5 years ago
    reply Reply

    SAFAL is a great framework for Selenium Automation Lovers.

  • Amit Malpure
    By Amit Malpure  ~  5 years ago
    reply Reply

    I have been using this solution for few years for automating web applications and it works very fine.

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