Learn and Adapt Test Automation

By Raj Rao  |  Posted 2010-09-21 Print this article Print

Technique No. 2: Learn and adapt test automation

During an SAP technical upgrade, nearly 40 to 45 percent of total effort is spent on testing. Migrations and consolidations need a significant amount of testing as well. In this case, not only do modified business processes need to be tested but existing business processes also need to be rechecked.

Today, most testing is done manually using a small core testing team and a large group of business users who work as ad hoc testers. While the core testing team lacks business knowledge, business users lack testing skills, causing an ineffective and inefficient testing outcome. Organizations are stuck in this mode for a long time without looking for reliable alternatives.

Test automation can dramatically reduce the manual effort while reducing the time and cost associated with testing. While it is true that maintenance costs for test automation have historically been prohibitive, things have changed. There is a new generation of test automation tools that can dramatically lower cost of automation and maintenance by performing automated testing using a metadata-based, learn and adapt method. These tools are quick to learn, understand changes to the consolidated system and automate test scripts for these systems. Enterprises should explore these new testing techniques to automate the majority of the scenarios so that the testing cycle can be compressed and costs lowered.

Raj Rao is Vice President of Global QA and Testing services at Keane. Rao is responsible for driving Keane quality initiatives and solution support activities. In this role, Rao has created several solutions for global 5000 organizations. Rao has 20+ years of experience in the software and communications industries. Rao has worked at SAP, PeopleSoft and Oracle, building successful new product suites and solutions. He can be reached at raj.rao@keane.com.

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