With digital transformation driving new business models and ways of working, it is crucial for enterprises to think differently and move quickly to reap the benefits of the digital economy. Cloud-based SAP transformation -- underpinned by new-age SAP testing capabilities -- is key to building a defect-free SAP production and release environment.
This paper throws light on the capabilities and strengths of Wipro, SAP, and Tricentis in ensuring successful large-scale SAP transformations. By leveraging various tools and proven approaches, organizations can not only reduce cost but also create faster time to value.
3 key challenges in SAP testing
With a constantly evolving digital landscape and increasing technological advancement, organizations are aggressively leveraging cloud-based SAP transformations to improve scalability, increase uptime, boost availability, and speed up the implementation process while ensuring cost optimization. In fact, by 2023, SAP expects cloud revenue to exceed 15 billion euros with predictable recurring revenue accounting for 80 percent of sales1. As agile and SAP DevOps delivery models become the core of successful digital transformation, here are a few key trends that are accelerating its adoption:
o Faster time to value: Organizations are increasingly transitioning from the waterfall method to the agile & DevOps way of delivery for faster time to value, enhanced quality, improved predictability, and better user experience. However, implementing agile & DevOps for SAP requires specialized technical and functional automation tools for enhanced delivery & continuous change management. It is also crucial to ensure a robust development and testing process while supporting continuous feedback from the business teams on the Minimum Viability Product (MVP) delivered by the scrum teams.
o Exceptional business capabilities: The SAP cloud platform empowers organizations to leverage open APIs and use side-by-side extensibility to integrate external content deployed in the SAP Cloud Platform (SCP) with their SAP S/4 HANA cloud system.
o Rapid adaption to business changes: Organizations are increasingly migrating from highly customized SAP ECC landscape to a standardized and simplified SAP S/4HANA powered by SAP automation tools, ready-to-use content, ready-to-run systems, and quarterly upgrade releases for increased agility. However, migrating to SAP S/4HANA requires either implementing SAP S/4HANA Cloud MTE (Multi-Tenant Edition), or STE (Single Tenant Edition), or SAP S/4HANA on-premise version, or converting in-place systems for simplification purpose. SAP DevOps & agile delivery models are the way forward to handle such rapid, large-scale transformations and upgrades. A successful implementation of SAP DevOps delivery model requires robust SAP testing capability underpinned by a clear testing strategy, proven approaches, established processes, and advanced tool-sets. This will equip organizations to identify defects in early development and in the quality assurance cycle, conduct SAP custom code analysis, and impact-based regression testing for optimizing the testing scope while reducing effort and cost. At the same time, it will also ensure strong and effective test management for agile project delivery, continuous testing and test automation, resulting in rapid agile-based SAP development and deployment for a unified user experience.
In addition, to fit their unique SAP landscape and release management needs, organizations are increasingly leveraging CI/CD approach for their SAP development projects by leveraging SAP ChaRM. However, applying agile or DevOps to their SAP development and creating a CI/CD pipeline while minimizing large investments requires defect-free releases, shortened testing cycle time, and reduction in the cost of quality. The traditional approach of manual functional testing, script-based test automation, and testing every single test-case fails to provide the required agility and cost-effectiveness.
Taking a ‘shift left’ approach and preparing in advance to jumpstart testing and test automation
An integrated solution approach by Wipro, SAP, and Tricentis helps effectively address SAP testing challenges. For instance, Wipro’s multiple in-house SAP accelerators and tools such as Wipro’s genie enable seamless SAP S/4 HANA transformation by leveraging ready-to-use test scenarios and test cases from a pre-built SAP S/4 HANA specific repository. Similarly, Wipro’s SAP business process recorder records existing SAP processes and converts them into detailed documentation for a reduced test design effort. At the same time, SAP test data miner reduces SAP test data identification and extraction efforts while new-age business process capture tools such as Celonis help to capture and analyze the existing SAP processes. (see Figure.1)