Evaluating SAP Testing Tools: Suitability for Agile and DevOps

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Evaluating SAP Testing Tools: 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. Are your  SAP testing and business processing tools up to the task? 

Here are some key considerations to take into account when evaluating SAP testing tools for their suitability for Agile and DevOps.

  • Can you integrate the tool into a “best of breed” DevOps pipeline with a variety of CI/CD tools?

  • Does it offer bidirectional synchronization of requirements, issues, and tests with popular tools such as JIRA, Rally, GitHub, etc.?

  • What capabilities does it offer that help you ensure rapid, successful execution of unattended tests?

  • Does it offer service virtualization to ensure that end-to-end tests can be executed during CI—without dependency issues causing timeouts, incomplete tests, false positives, and/or inaccurate results?

  • Does the tool help you prioritize a condensed set of “smoke” tests suitable for CI as well as a larger set of nightly tests that provide broader risk coverage? Are there ways to achieve an acceptable test execution speed (e.g., with distributed execution)?

  • Does the tool enable “shift left” defect detection techniques such as exploratory testing?

  • Does the tool allow you start testing even when dependent components (e.g., third-party applications, APIs, etc.) are not yet completed or are evolving in parallel?

Additional Considerations for Evaluating SAP Testing Tools

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.