Test Scope Optimization for Large SAP Change Events Using BPCA of SAP Solution Manager 7.1

  • by Marcus Wefers, Senior Director of Solution Management, Active Global Support, SAP SE
  • October 14, 2013
Companies deploying SAP Support Package Stacks or SAP enhancement packages to their SAP solutions need to perform regression tests for their business processes. In general a lot of effort goes into setting up and performing the necessary regression tests. See how you can facilitate this testing process using the Business Process Change Analyzer (BPCA) of SAP Solution Manager 7.1’s new Test Scope Optimization functionality.
Key Concept

Test Scope Optimization (TSO) is a new functionality with SAP Solution Manager 7.1. A piece of Business Process Change Analyzer (BPCA), TSO allows you to simplify your test scope and effort, reducing resources used and saving time on testing.

Business Process Change Analyzer (BPCA) provides functionality to analyze the impact of ABAP software changes on your business processes. BPCA change impact analysis can automatically determine the regression test scope through a selection of tests assigned to the affected business processes. With the BPCA functionality of Test Scope Optimization (TSO), a new feature included with SAP Solution Manager 7.1, you can optimize and reduce the required test scope and effort. This is achieved through a program-based optimization of the number of changed objects by business process and the test effort of associated test cases.

The resulting optimized test scope is presented graphically with a suggested sequence of process steps to be included in the test scope. The user can apply multiple levers to adjust and optimize the test scope further and save them as alternative optimization approaches. Optimized test plans can be generated automatically for SAP Solution Manager, HP Quality Center, or IBM Rational.

Marcus Wefers

Marcus Wefers, senior director of Solution Management, is responsible for SAP's Test Management strategy, including positioning and future development of products and capabilities to support test and quality management, such as SAP Solution Manager, SAP TAO, and SAP Quality Center by HP. Focus areas of his 26 years at SAP include software development, project management, quality management, and solution management for SAP applications in the areas of Financial Consolidation, Profit Center Accounting, SEM, Analytics, Performance and Strategy Management, Business Planning, Corporate Governance, and Application Lifecycle Management. He worked on international SAP customer projects in Europe, the Americas, and APJ. In addition, he is a regular speaker at ASUG conferences, SAPPHIRE, and SAP TechEd.

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