Know Every Aspect of the ABAP Test Cockpit: Part I

  • by Sapna N. Modi, SAP Business Unit Automation Lead, L&T Infotech Ltd.
  • December 21, 2016
Learn the steps for configuring the SAP NetWeaver ABAP Test Cockpit to ensure that your SAP system’s ABAP programs remain clean and adhere to the best programming practices.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you’ll learn:

  • ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) usage scenarios with insights gained from my experiences
  • Step-by-step ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC setup: local setup in the development system and central setup in the quality or testing system)
  • Scheduling of ATC runs
Key Concept

The SAP NetWeaver ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) verifies the quality of ABAP objects in multiple areas and assigns priorities to these different categories of checks based on their impact. These checks are customizable and transportable. ATC is an SAP NetWeaver feature and is available from enhancement package 2 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 with Support Package Stack 12.

Over time your collection of custom ABAP programs grows. Their quality is inevitably inconsistent. The SAP NetWeaver ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) is a freely available automated tool to help you find those quality issues so that you can clean them up. The robustness of ABAP programs is important for smooth production operations.

The ideal time to ensure the robustness of an ABAP program is during its first-time development in a project. However, maintaining the balance of possible deadline delays and the cost of priorities in a project may cause the manual quality check processes to suffer. Once these ABAP programs are in the productive environment, they join the pool of already existing ABAP programs, and finding quality issues in the overall ABAP portfolio becomes expensive. For example, performance-related errors on the SELECT statement without WHERE clause are some of the critical errors for hefty size tables in production. These errors have the potential to slow down the day-to-day operations of transactions involving that program.

To prevent this expensive problem, you need a proactive and automated quality check process not only in production support but also at the beginning of the development of ABAP programs. ATC is one tool that can help find such errors along with the line number in the program where these errors exist. Projects can leverage ATC’s fully or partially automated quality checks based on their requirements. These options with multiple ATC features are discussed in detail in this three-part series on ATC.

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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