Evaluating SAP Testing Tools: Technology Support

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Evaluating SAP Testing Tools: Technology Support

Without easy, intuitive SAP automation, your business process testing initiative will be dead on arrival. But even with automation in action, 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. 

Here are some considerations to take into account when evaluating SAP testing tools for technology support:

  • If your core business processes involve technologies such as Java, mobile front-ends, Flash, SOAP or RESTful APIs, how easily and effectively can you automate tests for them?

  • Are you testing the integrity of any Business Intelligence (BI) data your business relies on?

  • Can a business user feasibly automate end-to-end tests that include non-SAP technologies such as mobile, APIs, etc.? How much additional training be required?

  • How quickly does the vendor introduce support for new technologies?

  • Can values from one type of test be used to parameterize other types? For example, can the result of an SAP field be used to populate an API test?

  • Can you use a central test data management and generation interface for all your tests, or do you need to have separate testing solutions for SAP and non-SAP elements?

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.

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.

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.