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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Testing Services for SAP/ERP Projects

1) SAP/ERP System Testing Services Strategy under the ASAP Methodology

At CIBER the objectives of SAP/ERP System Testing are to verify that the installed system which includes the SAP software, custom code and manual procedures, executes as specified and without error; to confirm with the users and management that the delivered system performs in accordance with the stated system requirements; and to ensure that the system works with other existing systems, including but not limited to interfaces, conversions, and reports.

The five CIBER SAP Test Phases/Cycles typically include:

ASAP Unit Testing (Cycle 0) addresses the informal testing of individual FRICE Objects (Forms, Reports, Interfaces, Conversions & Enhancements) rather than a complete system or with integrated business processes.

ASAP Integration Testing (Cycle 1 and Cycle 2) is the satisfactory execution of processes, rather than individual transactions, in concert to ensure that the SAP software functions properly, system configuration tables are set up properly, programs execute properly, and system outputs are reliable.

ASAP Regression Testing (Cycle 3)

Regression Testing is designed to verify functionality previously released into the “Production” SAP environment, will not be negatively affected by new/modified/upgraded functionality in an effort to protect existing Business Critical functionality running in the production environment from inadvertent outages and the inherent business losses ($ Lost) as a result of potential SAP Production outages/issues.

ASAP Performance Testing (Cycle 4)

Performance Testing validates that the software, hardware and network infrastructures are in place and operating at efficient levels. This testing is required to adequately stress the SAP and related Non-SAP systems in a network environment, inclusive of remote sites/nodes. Performance testing will also include testing of those business processes that would cause stress due to high transaction or batch volumes. Performance Test results will be evaluated to ensure that the SAP and related Non-SAP systems performance complies with predefined service level agreements.

ASAP User Acceptance Testing (Cycle 5)

User Acceptance Testing is used to:

§ Confirm the test cases needed to run using the acceptance test environment;

§ Ensure the acceptance tests are suitable for management, users of the system and computer operations; so only one set of acceptance tests are needed; and

§ Execute the User Acceptance Test.

2) SAP and HP/Mercury Test Tools

CIBER, Inc is an SAP Services Alliance Partner, a Special Expertise Partner to SAP in various industries and an HP Software Partner. As such, CIBER has positioned itself to offer and provide specialized SAP Testing Services COE expertise and support to the SAP community utilizing best practices to develop, implement and establish both manual and automated testing throughout the System Life Cycle for SAP systems.

The CIBER SAP Testing Services Center of Excellence (COE) can provide your organization with experienced SAP Testing Consultants who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Manual & Automated SAP Testing, including:

SAP Quality Center (QC) & Quick Test Professional (QTP) from HP (Mercury) are integrated with SAP Solution Manager to facilitate the exchange of information/data between these two tools to expedite the creation of SAP Test Plans, to insure test coverage of SAP business processes within manual or automated tests is achieved, downloading of SAP test requirements into Quality Center directly from the business blueprint contained in SAP Solution Manager to reduce costs & errors, minimize the effort to perform testing related change impact analysis for the SAP Change Requests in Solution Manager, foster the objective assessment of business risk of SAP requirements for a Risked-based quality management process, develop the Testing Architecture, for manual & automated Test Cases/Scripts, insure the performance of manual & automated Test Executions, capture & document test results, facilitate test data analysis, provide for accurate reporting of test status to project managers, synchronize defects tracked in QC with SAP Service Desk Requests and facilitate management of quality metrics with best industry practice Key Process Indicator’s (KPI’s) via the Quality Center Dashboard.

SAP Test Acceleration and Optimization (TAO) Application for Business Process Testing

The SAP Test Acceleration Optimization (TAO) Application is utilized to automatically create test components, uploads test components to HP Quality Center to compose Test Cases and run automated tests against an SAP system. The SAP TAO provides a workflow process for managing accelerated testing, facilitates and manages SAP and HP System Connections across various SAP & HP test environments, automates the management of Transaction Screen Inspections for selected SAP transactions and SAPGUI Dynpros, facilitates the migration of testing components in and out of Quality Center, automates end to end business process testing solutions based upon the definition of Business Blue Prints contained in SAP Solution Manager.

SAP Testing Accelerators provide accelerated SAP testing development through the utilization of a component/object based approach for automated test scripts, based upon expert definitions of SAP business processes. Automated Test Scripts are assembled from packaged reusable components thus providing easier test composition for Subject Matter experts and reduced Test Script development/maintenance hours during SAP implementation/upgrade projects.

SAP Test Data Migration Server is a high-speed data extraction tool that populates your development, test, quality assurance and training systems with SAP business data from your live production environment. With SAP TDMS you can reduce extensive data volume for the non-production landscape, use real business data to simulate the production environment, reduce post processing work by standardization of administrative data, selectively refresh individual clients in targeted multi-client testing environments, create slimed down master shells, and scramble sensitive data according to security needs for use in non-production environments.

SAP Performance Center from HP (Mercury) can be utilized to provide SAP Performance Testing that includes: Volume Tests, Stress Tests, Printing Tests, Fax Tests, Email Tests, Network/Infrastructure Tests, System Administration Tests, Backup Procedure Tests, Restore Procedure Tests, Disaster Recovery Tests and Performance Monitoring of the production environment.

SAP Testing Success at CIBER has been achieved for our customers SAP projects/systems by reducing SAP implementation risks, focusing manual & automated testers for better business value, building re-usable SAP testing libraries, meeting aggressive timelines, increasing the quality of documented test cases/results and by building suites of SAP oriented manual/automated test scripts within project timelines.

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