Can your SAP changes/patches and upgrades be completed fast, efficiently, and without disrupting ongoing business operations?
Can you make a case for upgrading to the next major release in terms of value to the business, so you get the commitment and budget you need to move forward?
To get a “yes” answer to these questions, you need to be able to validate that the applications running on a SAP platform will support your business exactly as required, free of defects and free of business disruption.
Without a clear understanding of how your business currently works, it is nearly impossible to know what to focus on when testing and validating a new, customized, upgraded or patched SAP system.
Whether you are using an older SAP ECC version of SAP or the latest S/4HANA release, changing the system to best help represent your unique business processes is often needed. This may include the numerous interfaces with other systems in your portfolio. If there are no internal QA resources, you will probably rely heavily on your Business Users or external partners to test and validate changes, and their time is precious.
For the realization phase, an efficient and manageable process is essential to ensure that the changes are validated as quickly, efficiently, and cheaply as possible. This applies not only to the large code and build changes but also to the smallest of configurations, which can have huge impacts in downstream systems.
A new implementation of SAP is not a casual undertaking and a clear understanding how your business currently works is essential. This may be done as it is actually easier than a system upgrade, but you will still be asking the Business Users to invest a significant amount of time and effort and you will want to make the process as efficient as possible.
With the majority of UAT, you will be relying on the goodwill of business users whose day job is not testing. This resource will invariably be spread across different offices and geographical locations. It is imperative that communications and the process of testing, and evidence capture are as easy as possible to relieve an already stressful situation.
We all know that patches and upgrades are becoming increasingly frequent, particularly if you are moving, or have moved, onto the S/4HANA and Fiori platform. The demand on the business for testing and validation could be huge. Automated testing can ease the burden and significantly shorten the time taken to validate changes.
CertainTeed is a North American manufacturer of sustainable exterior and interior building products. With multiple, heavily customized SAP implementations, as well as numerous integrations including Salesforce users, were overwhelmed by a high rate of change. Necessary checks didn’t always happen, were very costly and inefficient to run, leaving room for defects to reach production.
Every business process across multiple applications was captured. The result was easy-to-follow documentation and animations that provided the small automation team with the information they needed. Then TestDrive captured every item on every screen automatically, without any coding. Secondly, the results of a regression test were compared to any selected baseline, highlighting every difference: No undetected changes.
Original Software’s solutions ran in the background capturing processes so business users didn’t need to take time out from their day job. The results were used to create automated testing.
The project went so well it was extended to other applications and a new warehouse could be immediately added to SAP.
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