Manage Your Integration Test Using Test Plan Management

  • by Manoj Ambardekar, Solution Architect
  • May 28, 2010
Manager/Project Management
Learn how to use the SAP Solution Manager Test Plan Management functionality to run an integration test. Most SAP projects today have a complex system landscape of multiple applications. To run an integration or string test across these systems is very time consuming, but using Test Plan Management can make this process much more efficient.
Key Concept
A great value-add for SAP Solution Manager occurs when you link it with SAP ERP Central Component, SAP Supply Chain Management, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse systems. A single instance of SAP Solution Manager can link with at least three instances (development, quality assurance, and production) of each application. Using Test Plan Management for running an integration test across these managed systems can save your company a significant amount of time and money.

The SAP ecosystem has matured over the last 10 to 15 years and many companies have system landscapes with SAP ERP Central Component (ECC), SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM), and reporting systems such as SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW). When a company upgrades or implements a new rollout on any of these applications, they need to do integration or regression testing.

However, it can be difficult for IT departments to run frequent integration tests of such a large nature across system landscapes. In addition, an integration test in a quality assurance system may need to be repeated as a regression test in the production system, which has more master data. The testing efforts double to two times if regions such as North America or Europe have separate landscapes and the integration test has to be repeated.

The SAP Solution Manager 7.0 functionality Test Plan Management can create and monitor test plans in a complex system landscape for any system. You can use the Test Plan Management functionality directly or with the user-friendly, browser-like interface of the Test Management work center. This work center provides SAP Netweaver BW-based pre-delivered test reporting content so the test manager can manage the full life cycle of an integration test. (SAP NetWeaver BW is now embedded within SAP Solution Manager as it was embedded in SAP SCM from version 1.0 on.)

Manoj Ambardekar

Manoj Ambardekar has more than 20 years of IT and manufacturing experience with firms such as IBM, Infosys, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Siemens Information in the CPG, brewing, and process industries. He has more than 14 years of experience with SAP APO and SAP ECC with specialization in logistics. He has played multiple roles as functional and technical lead as well as project manager. He has implemented SAP applications at more than 12 large- and medium-sized projects since 1998. Manoj is a chemical engineer certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) from APICS – USA, and holds a master’s of engineering (industrial) degree from B.I.T.S. in Pilani, India. Manoj works on both large and SME clients to implement SAP as both a configuration SME in APO/ECC PP-MM/Solution Manager and project manager/team lead. He specializes in supply chain management solutions using software such as SAP APO, SAP SCM, SAP ECC, SAP Solution Manager, and business intelligence for North American clients.

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