Even a small SAP update can bring critical business processes to a standstill. Without a fast and trusted way to detect change impacts, upgrading SAP or optimizing processes can expose the business to significant risks. In SAP environments, over 72% of companies rely on manual testing to verify changes in critical business processes. Why? With test automation tools such as HPE and Worksoft, “automated” tests still require a significant amount of user interaction—making manual testing an attractive option. Manual testing however, is costly (representing over 30% of the typical SAP project budget), time-consuming, and not thorough and accurate enough to guarantee that critical risks will be exposed.

Ultimately, SAP test automation tools are critical for detecting and mitigating impacts to core end-to-end business transactions. How do you pick a SAP test automation tool that saves you effort, rather than causing more work?

To help you choose the SAP testing tool that best suits your organization’s specific needs, this article outlines some key points to consider as you evaluate and compare tools.

Ease of SAP Automation: With inadequate or laborious SAP automation technology, your test automation initiative will be an uphill battle from the start. It will also likely be a losing battle if it’s easier to manually test certain elements than to create and maintain automated tests for them.

Autonomous SAP Testing: Automated generation of SAP tests from production data has the potential to make business process testing significantly faster and easier. However, it’s important to consider exactly what steps are automated—and how intelligently. [What is Autonomous SAP Testing? | Autonomous SAP Testing article in NetworkWorld]

Technology Support Beyond SAP: Without easy, intuitive SAP automation, your business process testing initiative will be dead on arrival. However, the ability to extend beyond SAP and cover every technology involved in your end-to-end transactions can make the difference between fragmented spurts of automation and a comprehensive, trusted test automation strategy.

Risk-Based Testing: Business analysts are burdened with testing in addition to all their other duties. Resources for testing are limited, so it’s critical to understand and focus testing efforts on the top business risks.

Impact Analysis: The increasing pace and scope of SAP updates requires comprehensive, near-continuous testing to identify and resolve potential impacts. You not only need to know what changed; you also need to ensure that your test suite is efficient. Otherwise, you might waste time continuously updating tests that do not add value.

Test Maintenance and Optimization: Many organizations create automated tests, but few achieve sustainable test automation rates. Often, false positives, timeouts, and incomplete tests erode trust in the results. Also, the test suite grows too unwieldy to update—to the point where it seems easier to test manually than update everything that’s out of synch.

Readiness for Agile and DevOps: Studies report that 81% of organizations are adopting DevOps and 91% are adopting Agile. However, you’d have to search long and hard to find an enterprise that doesn’t have scaling Agile and adopting DevOps on its radar. It’s not a matter of if testing will need to accommodate DevOps and Agile, but when.

Analyst Evaluations: In addition to your own research, you might want to consider what analysts have to say. Each year, Gartner evaluates the top tools that met their criteria for enterprise-grade test automation tools. The evaluation involves inquiries with Gartner clients, surveys of tool users, vendor responses to Gartner questions, and product demonstrations. Read it here.

Want more guidance on how to choose an SAP testing tool? See the SAP Testing Tools Comparison: Key Considerations guide,  which covers the key considerations in further detail with a checklist of questions for each step. We also invite you to explore our library of SAP testing webinars, white papers, and more.

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