Learn and Adapt Test Automation
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.