Get Your eCATT Test Case Right the First Time

  • by Sapna N. Modi, SAP Business Unit Automation Lead, L&T Infotech Ltd.
  • June 3, 2009
Follow these 11 tips to avoid errors when you use extended Computer Aided Test Tool to test your end-to-end business scenario transactions.
Key Concept

SAP extended Computer Aided Test Tool (eCATT) caters to the testing of SAPGUI-based transactions. You use another tool for testing Web-based SAP transactions. There is an easy interface in eCATT and test cases are ready as reusable automated scripts. If changes in the transaction behavior in an SAP system lead to an error during automated test case execution, you must reautomate. Possible errors include a test script recording error, invalid test data, changes in configuration, a master data error, an SAPGUI-based tester user ID settings error, custom development as a part of user exit or Business Add-In, or custom development involved in changes to a standard SAP program. Reautomation is the process of recording the SAP transaction again due to an error that occurred in the original automated transaction.

SAP extended Computer Aided Test Tool (eCATT) is a cost-efficient automation tool for business testing. However, automated tests can fail even if the test data is correct, leading to the need to reautomate the test case. The main reason for failure is an incorrect sequence of dependent test cases during execution. It is my experience that you can reduce reautomation by 60% by following my tips. If you are not familiar with eCATT, see the sidebar “What is eCATT and When Do You Use It?”

Sapna N. Modi

Sapna N. Modi has 13 years of experience in the software industry including SAP software in the areas of solution architecture, consulting, presales, and project management. Sapna has multiple SAP and non-SAP certifications. She is an integral part of the team in setting up the SAP Solution Manager practice at L&T Infotech (www.lntinfotech.com) and has participated in consulting and advisory roles for multiple projects. She has global exposure with experience in the US, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and Kuwait. She is instrumental in and is dedicated to an extreme automation initiative of the SAP business unit at L&T Infotech. Her goal is to accomplish automation-driven efficient operations and to formulate an automation platform for optimized TCO for customers as well as for her organization. Her focus is on innovation to leverage SAP products and non-SAP products involving Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) to help customers standardize their portfolio so that it is simplified, automation ready, and able to easily migrate to the SAP HANA platform.

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