Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Application Testing

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • August 15, 2008
Application testing is a major pain point for project managers, who are often under pressure to cut testing time short to meet deadlines or curb costs. This article explains how functional testing accelerators can help speed up this process, and offers best practices for using them.

Application testing methods have evolved slowly since the dawn of business technology. In the beginning, there was only the “hope for the best” approach, which meant simply deploying a new application and fixing problems as they arose. Then came manual testing. Then came automated testing with record/replay functionality.

Even with these advances, however, testing remains a major stumbling block for SAP upgrades and application implementations. Project managers are often pressured to reduce testing time to meet deadlines or curb cost overruns.

A 2006 ASUG study found that testing was the top-cited pain point for upgrades, with 75% of respondents identifying it as a major cost and time factor during upgrades and implementations. More than 86% of the respondents said they were concerned about risks associated with a lack of comprehensive testing.

One way to address these concerns is by implementing an accelerated testing solution. Typically a mix of software applications and processes, accelerated testing allows a project team to automate testing across entire business processes by creating modular testing components that can be plugged into multiple testing scenarios. This can dramatically reduce the time required to perform application testing.

Davin Wilfrid

Davin Wilfrid was a writer and editor for SAPinsider and SAP Experts. He contributed case studies and research projects aimed at helping the SAP ecosystem get the most out of their existing technology investments.

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