Test Automation Tool for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition – A Game Changer in the 3-System Landscape

Through this blog post, I would like to explain the role and importance of Test Automation for S/4 HANA Public cloud.

To ensure quality of solutions for business processes without missing on the set timelines for the projects, customers prioritize testing activities to analyze impacts in detail on the applications due to possible changes by an upgrade or owing to changes in the scope of the existing processes. Testing plays a key role to de-risk and avoid defects or disruptions in a production environment by running end-to-end scenarios in the test system. The automation of test cases adds much needed efficiency and speed to test campaigns expected to resolve defects within tight timelines.

Test automation is an integral part of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition. To safeguard projects and accelerate testing phases, the test automation tool comes with pre-delivered automates and post upgrade testing (PUT). The solution comes bundled with more than 300 standard pre-delivered test automates based on the SAP Best Practice processes.

Customers can take advantage of the pre-defined standard test scripts as well as create their own scripts with the recording functionality to suit their business needs.

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Figure 1: Key features of test automation tool for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition

What Is Test Automation Tool for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition?

The test automation tool for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition comes with built-in test automation capabilities and is available in the quality system of every customer. Test automation can be leveraged to automate all business processes within SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition. For most of the standard business processes here, SAP delivers predefined test scripts that can be used for automated testing.

There are three main test cycles in the implementation phases of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition: An implementation test, an end user acceptance test, and a regression test. The test automation tool focuses on the implementation test and on the regression test. It allows customers to execute standard and custom test processes via test plans.

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Figure 2: Implementation test cycles of test automation tool for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition.

SAP has adopted a continuous delivery model; meaning that, apart from the regular, half-yearly upgrades, we deliver new feature toggles along with HFCs (hot fix collections) in each monthly cycle, which customers can activate. Automated testing helps to quickly determine the viability of these new features in the development and test environments and facilitates their adoption into the productive environment.

As of September 1, 2022, the 3-system landscape in SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition has been made generally available. This offering introduces on-stack developer extensibility with an enhanced test automation tool and complements existing in-app extensibility techniques with SAP S/4HANA Cloud ABAP environment. This feature will allow developers to create custom applications from scratch using the ABAP RESTful application programming model (RAP). Developers can create front-end SAP Fiori applications by connecting SAP Business Application Studio with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition and by consuming the services created/available in the development landscape (Client 080) of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition.

Extensibility covers a broad spectrum of topics that allow customers to extend SAP solutions to adopt to their business needs or to create independent custom applications. A clear separation of the development and test environments with the test system connected to the enhanced test automation tool provide an improved solution quality. Customers can use the test automation tool to create their own test scripts and test the modified processes and the custom applications created. Automated testing with test scheduling helps in quickly testing these scenarios/custom applications during the upgrade cycles.

What Are Available Offerings and Benefits of Test Automation Tool for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition?

Test automation tool for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition is a completely cloud native solution with a no code approach that requires no installation and leverages standard content delivered based on the best practices content. The tool also has a recording functionality that enables customers to create their own scripts. The test scripts run in the background, thus allowing customers to continue with their business processes. Upgrade tests done for live customers using the tool are effective in enabling our customers to identify defects and have them addressed by SAP early on. The tool provides detailed execution with screenshots.

Implementation projects can accelerate business process regression tests using SAP pre-delivered test scripts as well as a result dashboard with failure categorization and recommendations to quickly action on the test results obtained. SAP offers options with an accelerated form of testing which is done directly in the solution using the test automation tool or via a third-party testing tool. Required APIs (application programming interfaces) to integrate third-party testing tool as well as pre-delivered integration with CALM tool are available.

Running these automated test scripts in turn will be used to test variants where custom fields have been added, fields added to a particular screen, fields values changed and will help in reducing regression errors in the production environment. We can add more and more automated tests after T-system upgrade which in turn will avoid greater impact in the production environment.

In every release, we can run the same set of test scripts, thus ensuring higher ROI (return of investment) in the long run. The benefits of test automation tools are depicted in figure 3 showing how valuable the test automation tool will be for customers.

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Figure 3: Business benefits of test automation tool for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition.

This way, customers get improved solutions using quality assurance by the clear separation of development and test environments with test automation tools available.

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