Test Automation of End-to-End Business Processes Using SAP Solution Manager and SAP TAO 2.0

  • by Marcus Wefers, Senior Director of Solution Management, Active Global Support, SAP SE
  • Sonal Kumar, Senior Product Manager, Active Global Support, SAP Labs India
  • October 15, 2012
Companies updating their SAP solutions with custom developments, performing configuration changes, or deploying SAP Support and Enhancement Packages can gain significant efficiency gains when using automated tests. See how to create automated regression tests of your end-to-end business processes with SAP TAO and SAP Solution Manager.
Key Concept

SAP TAO provides functionality to build automated test scripts based on components. A user, such as a business analyst, executes a business transaction while SAP TAO selects or creates all necessary test components on the fly and composes a fully functional test script. The system automatically parameterizes all fields that require data entry and assigns them to a test data file that the user can extend. Users can reap significant cost savings during subsequent maintenance activities by the fast exchange of damaged test components.

Automated testing can benefit all types of companies as they ensure the effectiveness of their SAP systems through the course of developments and changes. SAP has multiple solutions and functionalities that address testing. SAP Test Automation and Optimization (SAP TAO) is embedded into a broader set of test management tools provided by SAP and HP called Test Option 2. We provide a broad overview of Test Option 2 and delve into various functionalities of SAP TAO.

You can use Process Flow Analysis functionality in SAP TAO to create an automated test for a single business transaction. The test created using this functionality is made of components, and the first iteration of test execution is automatically captured. We explain how to create a test script using this functionality including validations, iteration handling, and consolidation. You also can create a Technical Bill of Material (TBOM) in SAP Solution Manager when you execute the test script using SAP TAO.

We also explain in detail how to create an end-to-end test script by combining different scripts created using Process Flow Analysis functionality of SAP TAO. We use a sample order-to-cash (O2C) process as an example and provide step-by-step information to help you create and execute the end-to-end test script. We start by explaining the components of Test Option 2 before explaining the functionality.

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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Sonal Kumar

Sonal Kumar works as a senior product manager in the ALM Solution Management team, and he responsible for product management of SAP Test Acceleration and Optimization (SAP TAO), SAP Solution Manager Adapter for SAP Quality Center by HP (Adapter), and Component Based Test Automation (CBTA) in SAP Solution Manager. He is a computer engineer and has master's degree in business administration.

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4/12/2013 9:20:44 AM
Sonal Kumar

The system SID present in the 'VA03_Manju_test' should be there in the logical component ZCHARM2. Kindly check for this. If you need to more about TBOM creation using SAP TAO, please check the how to guide present at http://service.sap.com/testing -> Test Option 2 -> How to
4/2/2013 5:21:37 PM

We are facing an Issue while creating an Automated TBOMs using TAO scripts the error is as below
No matching product system in logical component 'ZCHARM2'.
Test case 'VA03_Manju_test' is not executable for TBOM creation.

ZCHARM2 is our Logical component

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