Set Up a Test Automation Framework with SAP Solution Manager 7.1

  • by Brikena Berisha, Consultant, Application Lifecycle Management, CoreALM Consulting Company
  • April 27, 2012
Learn how to set up a test automation framework in SAP Solution Manager 7.1 and integrate a third-party test tool, such as HP QuickTest Professional. After that, see how to prepare a managed system for test automation.
Key Concept

The test automation framework allows you to create and execute automated test cases with third-party tools within the business process context. This means that test cases are assigned directly to the business process or process steps of the business process hierarchy in SAP Solution Manager. It is integrated with the different test management capabilities, and almost all the test tools and functions are provided in SAP Solution Manager 7.1, which supports the entire testing process.

For any business to enable competitive advantage, it is essential to test a business application before the actual release. In doing so, the application has to perform equally well in every platform and scenario. The solution to this lies in adapting a test automation framework that helps businesses move from manual to automated testing in a convenient, reliable, and cost-efficient way for SAP and non-SAP applications. With it, automated testing is an evolving field that draws maximum benefits with minimum effort, offers a capability to increase test coverage, and increases the effectiveness of resources, reliability of the applications, and return on investment.


You can set up an automated test by integrating HP QuickTest Professional (QTP) via the extended Computer Aided Test Tool (eCATT) infrastructure in SAP Solution Manager 7.1 for functional tests that cover the whole testing cycle of end-to-end business processes. In this way, the test automation framework uses the system data already available in the system landscape documentation in Solution Manager.


For the process shown below, you need the following prerequisites:

  • Solution Manager 7.1 Support Package 1
  • QTP, including SAP Add-In
  • Managed systems considered for testing available in Solution Manager landscape management
  • SAP GUI 7.20
  • Business process documentation


To set up a test automation framework, you need to perform these six steps:

  • Step 1. Configure eCATT in Solution Manager
  • Step 2. Install QTP on your client
  • Step 3. Register the third-party test tool in Solution Manager
  • Step 4. Define a test case type for automated tests in Solution Manager
  • Step 5. Create business partners
  • Step 6. Prepare the managed system for test automation

Brikena Berisha

Brikena Berisha graduated with a degree in finance and international business from California State University of San Bernardino in 2006. She has more than five years of consulting experience in project management, including project implementations and upgrades, testing with SAP Solution Manager 7.0 and 7.1, SAP Quality Center by HP, QTP by HP, and SAP TAO. Brikena is a consultant at CoreALM Consulting Company, specializing in SAP consulting, in particular application lifecycle management, SAP solutions, and third-party solutions that are integrated with SAP Solution Manager.

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