It is not unknown that the SAP manual testing is time consuming and can also lead to flawed results. The only other alternative is SAP regressive testing, but that is impractical for large scale. Moreover, it can take weeks or months to complete an SAP manual testing. This defeats the purpose of moving to a more agile delivery model and works adversely for business strategies. However, there are ways to keep the business secured by moving to a more secured and effective SAP testing model.
- Adopting SAP Test Automation
Robotic Test Automation is the trend of the day, which is known to protect businesses from programming bugs, and security vulnerabilities. This helps in testing changes every single time, without waiting to perform manual testing. This form of testing also helps in ensuring that nothing is missed during the testing process.
- Test beyond the obvious
Testing the less-used processes is not considered mandatory among testers, but it needs to be understood that not testing them could lead to a greater disaster, which would be irreversible. SAP manual testing usually skips these steps of testing the lesser processed programs. However, comprehensive Robotic Test Automation makes sure these processes are tested, and in less time than it would take to run manual tests.
- Risk-based testing should be approached with caution
The biggest flaw of risk-based testing is that one is testing the scenarios that will most likely be used due to the technical changes from the release. While the obvious are being tested, the rest of the scenarios that need immediate attention go undetected. For instance, master data may not be tested for most risk-based testing programs, but even minimal changes to the master data could dramatically affect the business logic used in processes. This could possibly break the system too.
- SAP testing should be shifted left
“Testing Left” is a concept that comes in the early stages of testing. In case of SAP, the reality is that companies wait till the latter stages of the SDLC to test for weaknesses, which increases the cost of development by notches. However, this is done since SAP is seen as complex and has so many dependencies on other systems. In the past, it was difficult to find a solution for this since companies couldn’t load a QA environment with test data if the test versions weren’t ready. Currently, the service virtualization can help with SAP regression testing, even before the code needs QA. Testing companies can now start shifting left and can test early and very often, in ways that were impossible before.
- Testing beyond UI
Testing should be comprehensive and all-encompassing in every possible way. Just testing the UI is a story of the past since that does not give away any of the loopholes. It also needs to be considered how the testing effects the other systems and the end users. It is impossible to know how other interfaces are affected by changes to the SAP system.
- Integration with CI/CD workflows
As soon as the code is ready, it is critical to start SAP testing. Once the companies start testing the integrations, which is beyond the purview of UI, and begin testing earlier in the software development cycle, it becomes important to integrate it into CI/CD flow. Robotic test automation makes testing simple and possible. Once it is in place, it is made part of the CI/CD processes as the development itself.
With Robotic Test Automation for SAP testing, it is possible to integrate testing into every step of the software development life cycle. In fact, this makes it easier to move to a DevOps model for SAP and to meet business demands.
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