When you think of digital transformation, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, New Zealand’s largest fertilizer producer and distributor, probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But the farmer-owned cooperative’s impressive achievements in building a strong SAP-driven digital core with sophisticated personalization and IoT connectivity has already caught the attention of SAP, CIO, and Forbes, among others.
Ensuring that ongoing SAP updates wouldn’t compromise the security or integrity of core business processes was an ongoing concern during the early phases of their digital transformation journey. Performing manual testing to assess the impact of SAP changes was time-consuming and limited in scope, leaving the organization’s business team frustrated and exposed to risk. They knew the path forward required automated inspection at both the ABAP code and business process level. Yet, with numerous high-priority digital transformation initiatives constantly in-flight, they never had sufficient resources to start the project.
After choosing a partner to help navigate their testing transformation, Ballance was introduced to Tricentis LiveCompare (AI-powered change impact analysis for SAP updates) and Tricentis Tosca (test automation for SAP). Under the expert guidance of SYD Consulting, Ballance deployed, adopted, and scaled a solution that integrated Tosca and LiveCompare into SAP ChaRM (SAP change release management).
LiveCompare helps Ballance understand the risks of implementing security notes and other updates. For example, it can alert the team when a security note changes existing authorizations, such as restricting users’ existing access to critical functions and data-or unexpectedly opening up a role’s access to previously-restricted options. To streamline testing of these changes, LiveCompare identifies exactly which Tosca tests are required and where additional tests should be created. This not only ensures all security risks are covered by testing, it actually reduces the amount of testing required by an average of 71%. Additionally, ABAP code analysis automatically checks compliance to 75 core quality and security standards, exposing errors when they’re most efficient to fix and further reducing the testing effort required.
With the combination of change impact analysis + test automation, Ballance not only achieved their strategic goals for increasing the speed and security of routine updates; they also established an automation strategy that will help them get their S/4HANA migration right the first time.