Daniel SchubigerDaniel Schubiger End of an Exception: Quality Management Integrates SAP

03/04/2008 by Daniel Schubiger

For testing SAP solutions, we used to depend on experts with specialized ABAP or JAVA know-how. Consistent testing of processes beyond SAP systems was quite a challenge.

Now SAP offers SAP Quality Center by HP. It enables the customer to integrate SAP testing into a comprehensive Quality Management and testing of his IT organisation. This means that SAP testing is no longer a special discipline within Application Management.

Through bidirectional integration of SAP Solution Manager and HP Quality Center, the precondition for the HP Quality Center to be used as a central control station for SAP testing – and thus for Test Management – has been created.

For SAP customers, this provides a simple and intuitive approach to controlled access to HP´s Testing Tools, which HP acquired from Mercury Interactive in 2007. In addition to HP Quality Center, at that time called TestDirector for Quality Center, the tools include HP Quick Test Professional and HP Loadrunner.

The combination of these tools allows for the test requirements to be directly derived from SAP Business Blueprints and to be used as a basis for creating test cases in HP Quality Center.

In addition to meeting the requirements for SAP applications, HP Quality Center will make it possible to also include processes, that reach beyond the boundaries of SAP systems, into testing requirements, and to test them comprehensively. Testing teams are enabled to start testing from HP Quality Center, without being dependent on SAP specialists.

So Requirements Management in IT can be standardized and optimized. A better transparency of testing processes will be achieved. Testing results can be compared and, through this, Compliance risks are minimized. Due to user-friendly Quality Management functions, testing automation and re-usability of the testing cases, time and costs will be saved.

We may summarize that the integration of SAP “SolMan” and HP Quality Center bridges relevant gaps in Application Management allowing the SAP environment to be embedded into a comprehensive IT-wide Test Management.

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