Chapter 1. Introduction

SAP testing is complex, difficult, and esoteric. The perils and risks project team does not have enough skilled testers and a robust approach for testing the system, tracing the entire system design and architecture to testable requirements, and eliminating defects. A comprehensive plan or approach for testing an SAP system even for a small project includes assembling a test team, acquisition of test tools, establishment of a test lab, construction of a test calendar, monitoring of testing activities, training for testing participants, and completion of a test cycle based on predefined criteria.

A test plan for SAP includes the approach; description; roles and responsibility for conducting usability testing; white box and black box testing for interfaces; negative testing; security testing for roles, integration, scenario, unit, and performance; user acceptance testing; and regression testing. Few companies implementing SAP are structured or organized to address all these various types of testing.

This book offers guidance and assistance to project managers, test managers, and configuration leaders who want to establish a testing framework from the ground up based on industry-established principles for evaluating requirements, providing coverage for requirements, diagramming processes, test planning, estimating testing budgets and resource allocation, establishing an automation framework, and reviewing case studies from large SAP implementations.

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