OP-Pohjola (OP) is a Finnish financial services group that provides its corporate and institutional customers with a diverse range of banking, non-life insurance and asset management services, and private individuals with an extensive range of non-life insurance and private banking service. Years ago, OP launched their mobile services tailored for their customers by providing easy, safe and reliable mobile applications that can take care of the banking and insurance transactions for consumers.

Need for an efficient and reliable testing infrastructure with Enterprise-Grade Security

Due to the nature of banking services with highly sensitive information, Jukka Parkkinen, VP of Application Development at OP-Pohjola Services Oy, was in need of a testing environment that only provides private access to the testing data, devices and assets behind a firewall. It was obvious that an in-house testing solution with Enterprise-Grade Security was the only option.

"One of the major challenges we faced was the integration of source code for multiple releases during parallel development."

Jukka Parkkinen, VP of Application Development at OP-Pohjola Services Oy

Yet, meeting the need of security is not enough. In order to make frequent app releases with top-notch quality, the testing solution should also enable the development team to do mobile app testing across a wide variety of devices and achieve the most seamless path to continuous integration. "One of the major challenges we faced was the integration of source code for multiple releases during parallel development," emphasized Jukka, "The task to build and test the multiple versions of source code can quickly eat out the quality and limit the efficiency of the development/QA team. We were in need for a solution that integrates us tightly with some agile tools we were using within an in-house testing environment."

Establishing an in-house testing environment with Bitbar On-Premise

As OP can only release safety- and mission-critical applications, the need for testing became even more crucial. With a clear vision about what the ideal solution has to offer, the development team started to look for ways that would enable them to run automated tests for app robustness inside the firewall. “We went through a handful of automated testing solutions in this domain. In fact, many other solutions only provide automated testing in a shared cloud environment and lack the capability of hosting an on-premise environment. But only Bitbar is ahead of the game with hybrid cloud solutions for public cloud, private cloud and on-premise deployment," said Jukka.

The company turned to Bitbar for its On-Premise solution that was identified as the most comprehensive solution and could enable OP-Pohjola to build a private cloud at local for automated Android and iOS testing.

"When we started leveraging Bitbar's integrated agile tools and services, we saw more benefits. Now we have enabled continuous integration for each build and parallel device testing. Bitbar On-Premise is a perfect solution that enables OP-Pohjola to ensure the quality and efficiency of mobile development."

Jukka Parkkinen, VP of Application Development at OP-Pohjola Services Oy

The wheels are turning continuously in parallel

Jukka explained that the company adopted Bitbar On-Premise because it was the only hosted mobile test automation solution that could meet its needs. Bitbar On-Premise provided a flexible and seamless integration with agile processes with the help of continuous integration to test every change in OP mobile banking application and run those on real devices. One the most compelling feature in Bitbar On-Premise for OP-Pohjola was the complete automation of tests and running of those simultaneously on hundreds of different Android and iOS devices.

"In addition to its advantages on local hosting capability, Bitbar's On-Premise solution could enable us to run automated tests simultaneously on an array of devices with no concerns on device concurrency," said Jukka. "When we started leveraging Bitbar's integrated agile tools and services, we saw more benefits. Now we have enabled continuous integration for each build and parallel device testing. Bitbar On-Premise is a perfect solution that enables OP-Pohjola to ensure the quality and efficiency of mobile development.”