The demand for increasing levels of agility and innovation are driving big changes in the quality assurance space. Some of the biggest examples include shift left methodologies, cross-functional business and IT teams, and the use of business process knowledge to prioritize testing. As a result, the world’s most successful QA teams are turning to automation for help.
With SAP, there are so many opportunities to bring value to the business, but this requires managing constant change, ensuring quality execution of business processes, and giving end-users the experience they depend on.
Effective SAP testing starts with documenting how users interact with applications to achieve desired business outcomes. What does the business need? Can a particular process be completed through multiple paths or variations? Which applications and processes are most critical to your organization? What must be tested? Answering questions like these is often difficult and time consuming in itself.
Success with automation requires a few important building blocks:
- Understanding – As stated above. How do end users depend on applications? What needs to be tested? How does it need to be tested? How are the applications being used to support the business?
- Collaboration – Tests can only be as good as the test requirements. Collaboration between business users that understand the process and the testing teams that create and execute the automation is critical. Extracting this information from the various users involved in executing a business process is typically a challenge. Users may not have time to create the documentation, may be located disparately across the world, or simply do things differently from others.
- Time – The expectations of what QA teams must deliver are growing – often piling up! Finding time to build the automation required for test coverage is a huge challenge. How can you possibly accelerate the testing to meet these expectations, achieve the coverage you need, and reduce the risk of introducing new technology to the market?
Even with tools that automate test execution and enable continuous testing, it may not be enough to keep up. Automated business process discovery helps organization shift automation efforts to the left. Instead of interviewing subject matter experts, observing users, and relying time and motion studies to see how daily tasks are performed, now you can automatically surface that information – quickly and accurately.
One way to do this is through Process Mining which automatically discovers and collects business process knowledge from the historical records of supported modules in your SAP® system. Unlike KPI-only driven solutions, Worksoft Process Mining for SAP captures actual business processes, quickly creating detailed documentation and test automation from the mined data.
Process Mining gives you the understanding, the tools to collaborate across departments for necessary info, and the ability to build automation quickly – to keep up with the demands of innovative companies.
Explore how Process Mining captures workflows as they move through an organization – and how it does all the heavy lifting for you – watch this webinar on accelerating SAP test automation with Process Mining.