“We are now able to have much more frequent deployment cycles than we had in the past. More importantly, it costs us less to put a deployment on a production system. It’s much more efficient.”Gerhard Belina, Senior Project Manager, SPAR ICS
SPAR ICS accelerates testing 800% for SAP eCommerce projects
How SPAR rapidly scaled test automation to improve the online shopping experience
Most IT leaders are talking about digital transformation, but SPAR is facing a digital tsunami, according to SPAR ICS managing director Andreas Kranabitl. SPAR ICS’s ultimate goal is to smoothly combine online and offline business to meet customer expectations as shopping habits rapidly evolve.
Last year, SPAR deployed 100+ updates to production to advance that goal. Extensive testing of each update is required to ensure a seamless shopping experience. As the pace of development accelerated, the SPAR ICS team realized their testing processes would require a much greater degree of automation.
One of SPAR ICS’s greatest challenges was the modernization of their SAP B2C ecommerce environment. A major part of that effort was the launch of an online retail store. Called Interspar, this online platform boasts the largest food range available in the Austrian market. Testing the e-commerce environment was a repetitive and complicated process. A complete, end-to-end test run (from the initial order in the web shop to the final delivery to the customer) required significant manual intervention across multiple systems, including navigating several technical and infrastructure-related challenges.
In 2019, SPAR executed more than 84,000 automated test cases with Tosca at an average execution speed of 72 seconds – an 800% increase in speed over 2018. According to Belina, the team saw a complete return on their investment in Tosca within one year. “We are completely experiencing the benefit of our automation [transformation],” he says.