Evaluating SAP Testing Tools: Test Maintenance

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Evaluating SAP Testing Tools: Test Maintenance

Many organizations create automated tests, but few are able to achieve sustainable test automation rates. To compound the issue, test failures and false positives often erode trust in the test results. If the test suite grows too unwieldy to update (a very common problem) – to the point where it seems easier to test manually than to update everything for test automation – then your automated SAP testing and business process testing will be functionally useless.

Here are some key considerations to take into account when evaluating SAP testing tools for their test maintenance capabilities:

  • How easy is it to update tests if an element is added, removed, renamed, etc.?

  • Does the tool help you reduce test case redundancy to prevent bloated, hard-to-maintain test suites?

  • If tests can be generated automatically, does the tool create duplicate modules? If so, how are they resolved?

  • Can you automatically test how the business process is impacted when dependent components are unavailable or in an unstable state?

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.

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.