Build Bullet-Proof Testing Strategies to Comply with Legal and Industry Regulations

  • by Mitresh Kundalia, Director — SAP Practice, Quality Systems & Software
  • May 15, 2008
Organizations need to design and develop effective testing strategies to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley and industry-specific requirements. These testing strategies and methodologies need to cover both normal day-to-day maintenance of business scenarios and major initiatives such as upgrades, fresh implementations, and more. See how to build and follow a five-phase plan to perform testing on your system and ensure compliance.
Key Concept

extended Computer Aided Test Tool (eCATT) provides automated testing of a variety of SAP transactions. It can test across multiple systems on multiple formats for many users. It uses test scripts, the updated version of Computer Aided Test Tool (CATT)’s test cases. You can build these test scripts to be flexible and reusable for end-to-end processes.

Testing in the past was primarily considered a one-time activity, usually a focus of fresh implementations or major upgrade initiatives. Testing was expensive, but because it was usually a one-time activity, companies didn’t emphasize it. Testing is no longer a one-time phenomenon: It’s a day-to-day activity and requires a well-thought-out, repeatable testing strategy. Various business drivers — such as mergers and acquisitions, business reorganization, or the implementation of new modules and functionality — require sophisticated testing methodologies.

In addition to business and technological drivers, compliance drivers such as Sarbanes-Oxley and FDA regulations also mandate that organizations enact thorough testing strategies. The compliance requirements state that you need to thoroughly test and document any changes to business processes for the purposes of providing an audit trail.

When it comes to designing the most effective testing strategies, such testing methodologies must cater to two critical criteria: testing coverage and test automation. I’ll discuss these first and then move on to the five phases of an effective testing strategy.

Mitresh Kundalia

Mitresh Kundalia heads the SAP practice at Quality Systems & Software (www.QSandS.com). QS&S is a leading business and technology consulting firm that specializes in delivering superior IT solutions using SAP products. Mitresh is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert and has worked on various SAP assignments, including strategic planning, fresh implementations, upgrades, and post-go-live support projects. With an MBA degree in finance, Mitresh manages SAP projects with a special focus on customer-focused solutions, management reporting, profitability analysis, SAP General Ledger, and business intelligence. He is a regular contributor at SAP events and publications and technical advisor to leading journals.

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