Evaluating SAP Testing Tools: Impact Analysis

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Evaluating SAP Testing Tools: Impact Analysis

The increasing pace and scope of SAP updates requires comprehensive, near-continuous SAP 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. If it isn’t, you might end up wasting time continuously updating tests that do not add value to your business process testing efforts. 

Here are some considerations to take into account when evaluating SAP testing tools for its impact analysis capabilities:

  • Does the tool help you identify and update tests impacted by changed SAP transports—including end-to-end test cases that extend beyond SAP?

  • Does the tool help you generate dynamic TBOMs?

  • Does it tie the results of the impact analysis to risk-weighted requirements (from Solution Manager) to help you prioritize updating?

  • Does the tool help you continually optimize test suites so you don’t waste time updating “no value added” tests each time a transport changes?

Additional Considerations for Evaluating SAP Testing Tools

Here are some other key points to consider as you evaluate and compare SAP Testing 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.

Technology Support Beyond SAP

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.

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.

Suitability 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.

Gartner’s Evaluations of SAP Testing Tools

Gartner produces two research reports designed to help enterprises select the SAP testing tool that best suits their needs:

SAP Testing Tools Comparison

Compare SAP testing tools in 5 key categories. Read more.

Automated SAP Testing

How to effortlessly detect impacts to your core end-to-end business transactions—across and beyond SAP. Read more.

SAP Testing Resources

The latest research and best practices on SAP testing. Read more.