The benefits of automated testing in a complex SAP environment

Jan 29, 2020 / by Maarit Joutlahti

The SAP environment is a complex and multi-dimensional one. Integrating it into other systems and constantly updating it can be a stressful process for a business. You never know what to expect.  So, what’s the best way to identify and tackle quality assurance challenges early in the game?

It’s all about testing! Continuous and complete testing of business-critical systems can ensure that core processes function efficiently and business runs smoothly.

If the SAP system fails, it can paralyze the entire business. To prevent this from happening, testing the code alone is not enough. The focus should be on E2E -end-to-end functionality of systems and seamless integration of SAP into business use cases, master data management, and data streams.

Before testing, it is crucial to understand the business process of a company and the role that systems such as SAP play in it. This helps identify the critical points in the data flows between different systems. It is also important to pay attention to the content, volume, and production of overall test data to ensure complete functionality of business processes.

Each software vendor has the responsibility of testing and quality assurance of their own component. However, this does not guarantee the complete functionality of the larger software package. There may be several hundred integrations in SAP software packages for larger organizations. So even while different vendors test their own software separately, overall integration may be overlooked in the process.

That’s one reason why test automation should be considered as a smart option. Manual system integration testing can burden experts in the organization and test lead-times can be too long. Test coverage targets cannot be reached if the tests have to be run effectively within a limited time frame. Low test coverage and lack of repeatability, in turn, compromises the quality. It can lead to further risks if potential production problems and errors are not detected during testing.
While there may be no simple shortcut to success when it comes to complex integrated systems, test automation is the key to ensuring that your company's core business processes run smoothly.

  • Challenge 1: Interruptions in core business processes.
    Possible solution: Test from end-to-end with a focus on specifics while keeping the whole process in mind.
  • Challenge 2: Discontinuity in total integrability
    Possible solution: Test the interfaces between all the different software which are part of an integrated system and long business processes.
  • Challenge 3: Lack of resources to test growing updates in SAP system
    Possible solution: Prepare for the increasing number of test rounds by enabling test automation!

 

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Topics: SAP, Software Testing, Testautomation, Quality Assurance

Maarit Joutlahti

Written by Maarit Joutlahti