Understanding SAP TAO: SAP’s Path to Automated Testing

  • by Laura Casasanto, Former Managing Editor
  • January 7, 2011
Management
System testing can be a significant resource drain. SAP’s answer to this issue is SAP Test Automation and Optimization (SAP TAO), an automated testing tool aimed at replacing manual and time-consuming testing processes.

Regression testing uncovers important issues during software upgrades, yet can be a cumbersome task when resources are already stretched thin across an SAP project. To make testing more efficient, SAP created SAP Test Automation and Optimization (SAP TAO). Automated tests require fewer resources, saving time and money during busy project times.

SAP TAO was created through collaboration between SAP and HP. HP already provided a product-independent testing tool, QuickTest Professional, though the tool was cumbersome when building automated scripts to run on SAP, says Rajesh Karpe, senior manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP. In response, SAP and HP developed SAP TAO.

The tool contains components from SAP transaction screens and parameterizes them for use in automated testing procedures. “SAP TAO already has building blocks in it that mimic the way SAP screens behave,” says Karpe, “So there is very little programming that has to be done to make it work with most commonly used SAP transactions.”

Laura Casasanto

Laura Casasanto is a technical editor who served as the managing editor of SCM Expert and Project Expert.

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