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Have you implemented SAP ERP to manage your business operations efficiently? If yes, you certainly know how important it is to get control and visibility of every aspect of your SAP QA testing to ensure different SAP modules function properly as per the required configuration.

With proper SAP testing, you can easily stay away from security vulnerabilities, potential programming bugs, and release incompatibilities. Therefore, it is quite evident that the importance of SAP testing is paramount for the success and growth of the enterprise.

SAP Testing Challenges

SAP testing is easier said than done. In fact, organizations with large and complex SAP implementations come across almost similar types of issues and challenges with SAP testing. Let’s take a look at some of the prevalent challenges associated with SAP testing.

  • The QA teams mostly don’t have adequate visibility of technical flow and integration, making it longer for investigation. Moreover, the SAP testing is still largely a manual process and there’s a dependency on the entire system being in place
  • Too many functional testing cycles at different levels as well as the rising infrastructural cost of the test environment also make SAP testing difficult. It is also noticed that due to issues appearing late in the SDLC, QA teams struggle to achieve business agility
  • Many organizations also fail to employ an integrated approach for implementing SAP QA test strategy at the enterprise level, resulting in unproductive and isolated teams with an assortment of formal and informal tools and procedures
  • It is also common to see that the senior stakeholders don’t want to increase SAP testing investment for better ROI, making it tough for the QA teams and DevOps evangelists to drive the testing modernization ideas within the organizations

SAP Testing Considerations

Let’s take a look at the considerations to overcome SAP testing challenges and ensure the best quality.

  1. Shun Manual Testing and Adopt Automation

For the modern, agile IT department, manual SAP QA testing is dated. It is a need of the hour to define a suitable automation test strategy at all levels of testing— starting with unit testing. At first, It might seem that test automation is expensive, time-consuming, and requires high maintenance, but in the long run, it ensures significant ROI by dealing with potential programming bugs, release inappropriateness, and security vulnerabilities.

  1. Implementing Processes and Methodologies

Without proper QA processes and methodologies, it’s tough to achieve the desired testing outcome. You need to get in touch with industry experts for defining the test automation strategy, identification, and implementation of tools, as well as train the teams. Note that a well-laid-out strategy and established process increases the reusability and makes your SAP testing a successful endeavor.

  1. Extend Beyond the UI

To ensure the best quality, you need to extend your SAP testing beyond the UI and make it as comprehensive as possible. In an enterprise, SAP ERP is typically connected with an array of other critical business systems. So, it is important to check how other systems and end-users are affected by changes to the SAP system.

  1. Embrace Service Virtualization Tool

Service virtualization tools enable businesses to remove the dependencies in SAP testing by simulating the behavior of the services that send the responses back to the SAP system. The beauty of these tools is that they are capable of simulating databases and non-functional aspects as well.

Conclusion

With these tips in mind for your SAP testing, you can gain real-time control over test progress, defects, and users, and at the same time, take immediate corrective measures to remove bottlenecks and ensure unparalleled QA efficiency.

Pyramid Consulting provides value-added solutions that address all aspects of implementation and upgrade methodologies for SAP. Schedule a discussion with our experts who can guide you to success on all your testing challenges with our ready-to-use test automation framework and pre-built test cases.

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Himanshu Gosain

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