Testing Made Easy in Solution Manager

  • by Suresh Veeraraghavan, Capgemini
  • January 15, 2009
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Learn how to use Solution Manager for all the stages of your testing from configuration to execution.
Key Concept

Testing through Solution Manager speeds up test preparation and execution by providing a single point of access. You can use Solution Manager as a central repository for storing all documentation relating to blueprinting, configuration, and test scripts for easy access. You can carry out all testing relating to SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) and other satellite systems such as SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM), SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI), and SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM). You can also use Solution Manager with non-SAP systems, enabling centralized storage of test documentation and results.

Testing in SAP systems can be a fairly complicated process and can take up valuable time. Several tools are available for testing, such as simple Excel spreadsheets to more sophisticated tools. However, most of these tools are not integrated with SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) and satellite systems. In addition, most of the tools don’t have an easy way to build sequential dependency among the various steps. Furthermore, modifying steps during testing can be cumbersome.

Fortunately, Solution Manager provides an alternative solution to this problem. It helps you organize tests after you’ve defined the business scenarios in the business blueprint phase and made initial configurations in the realization phase. Solution Manager not only manages a project’s life cycle, but you can also use it for ongoing maintenance.

At a high level, the test cases are grouped to become the test plan. Test cases are basically steps that the tester needs to execute in a test script to verify that the designed solution meets business requirements. These steps are grouped as test packages. The test cases are grouped together on the basis of the testers who are responsible for executing these steps. The following sections explain how these various tasks are carried out .

First I will explain the configuration setup, and then I will go over test planning. In the configuration setup section, I focus on some of the basic configuration activities that you need to set up in Solution Manager to execute testing. In the test planning and execution section, I show how you can manage, execute, and monitor tests in Solution Manager. To execute testing in Solution Manager you need to carry out basic configuration activities, such as the number of cycles of testing and testing statuses.

Suresh Veeraraghavan

Suresh Veeraraghavan is a Senior Manager with Capgemini, a leading management and IT consulting firm. He works in the technology service group. He has 14 years of experience delivering SAP implementations in various capacities. Prior to joining Capgemini, he worked with Hewlett-Packard as a supply chain architect, managing and implementing SAP supply chain projects on a $26 billion platform. His expertise is in implementing best practices in supply chain management, specifically procure-to-pay and order-to-cash. He is a certified project management professional (PMP) and CPIM certified.

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