Change is a constant in today’s technology landscape, and the pace of change drives digital risk. According to a recent projection by Gartner, “By 2020, 60 percent of digital businesses will experience a major service failure because of IT teams’ inability to manage digital risk in new technology and use cases.” So what does this mean specifically for enterprises that run SAP®?

It means businesses must have the ability to accurately assess the risk and impact of planned changes on mission critical business processes. This can be a challenge with constant changes to SAP including service or enhancement packs, upgrades, new applications, and organizational restructuring.

When changes occur - companies should be able to:

  • Quickly integrate new processes into their business - and start seeing the benefits
  • Decrease the time required to implement system changes and events
  • Improve performance, mitigate risk, leverage accelerators, and measure adoption

The first step toward achieving these goals is to establish a quality platform to minimize the time and cost of change event efforts. Inadequate test coverage is the number one stated pain point for SAP customers. Over 86 percent are concerned about unnecessary risks created by a lack of comprehensive testing.

SAP systems are already extremely complex, and this trend shows no signs of decreasing – that means more risk. These risks include requirement risks, technical risks and schedule risks. The good news is that having a solid risk-based testing strategy can help:

  • Prioritize tests based on the ability to discover defects
  • Allocate testing resources based on potential business impact and increase testing efficiency
  • Optimize compressed test windows without increasing critical defect risks
  • Better manage change and accelerate projects across the enterprise

There are multiple approaches for risk-based testing for SAP transports.

The traditional option uses SAP Solution Manager to run technical bills of material (TBOMs) and business process change analyzer (BPCA). While this option can be effective, it requires a large investment of two things that are often in short supply – time and resources.  The second approach taken by many leading SAP companies is to use Worksoft Certify Impact™. One of the biggest advantages of this is speed. With Certify Impact, tests can be immediately scheduled and run in Worksoft Execution Manager. Another major advantage of this approach is the wealth of insight that can be provided by importing data directly into Worksoft Analyze.

We recently rolled out changes to Worksoft Certify Impact to enhance risk-based testing for SAP applications. New functionality now allows the business to take a more proactive role in change management. That means it’s easier than ever to understand the actual business processes impacted by potential changes.  Additionally, through continuous analysis technology Worksoft Certify can now handle ten times more SAP transports than before!

To learn how Worksoft Certify Impact can help you manage the complexity of SAP changes, watch the webinar below. You can also see a demo of risk-based testing for SAP applications here.


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