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Excel for SAP Testing Much? It’s like Cutting Salad with a Swiss Army Knife

by | November 20, 2018

Excel for SAP Testing Much? It’s like Cutting Salad with a Swiss Army Knife

Imagine this scenario: it’s a few hours before the end of the day. Your manager has asked you to prepare a testing status report. This means you will have to consolidate data in multiple Microsoft Excel worksheets. Data probably was inputted by different teams and may very well be in different languages. Worksheets all have different formatting, embedded links, and separate owners. Some information is bound to go missing.

 

5 Reasons Excel is Holding Back Your SAP Testing

 

 

The clock is ticking away, outside it is getting dark, but you’re still laboring away, cutting ‘n’ pasting, hunched over your desk. Soon enough you get stuck. A simple typo, an altered formula or layout changes can make updating your spreadsheet a tedious process. All of a sudden, you realize the full extent of your misfortune – your revised document is not reusable! The same agonizing process goes on and on with every status update and testing cycle. But how do you make the business case for a dedicated SAP testing solution?

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SAP Test Management: The Essentials

To gain key user adoption from the get-go, a functional SAP Test Management solution needs to support test planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of UAT results. Key functionality should include:

1. Business process-centricity.

Any change to an SAP function may impact downstream systems, transactions, and business processes. The release of a new or changed single feature or functionality is most likely to impact an entire business process. Therefore, an engineered-for-SAP test management solution should accommodate monitoring and defect reporting based on business processes, not test cycles.  

2. Intuitive onboarding

Replacing a known, albeit failing tool with an unfamiliar solution is bound to be met with resistance. Fear of technology is, to some extent, innate in human nature and as they say, better the devil you know. To gain immediate key user adoption and fend off knee-jerk objections, a functional SAP Test Management solution must enable easy and seamless onboarding.

3. Ease of use

SAP functional testers are key users. Testing is rarely their core responsibility or key performance indicator (KPI) against which they are measured. To win them over, an SAP Test Management solution must be easy to use and automated by default.

4. Input channels for multiple and often globally dispersed stakeholders

Reliance on spreadsheets is not scalable because sharing and updating them is asynchronous, even with online sharing platforms like Google Docs. In addition, non-quantitative data is often entered in various formats by different people. Conforming qualitative data into a single format and extracting reportable metrics from it (using excel pivot tables, for example) can take hours upon hours to sort out.

 

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What’s Wrong with Excel?

Spreadsheets are notoriously difficult to share or update. They lack uniform processes for all stakeholders involved. Different time zones, languages and formulas are only some of the issues that can cause delays. Most importantly, Excel is not a test management solution. Therefore, its inefficiencies in this context run much deeper.

 

Relying on tools that are unmanageable and unscalable is risky and time consuming for both business users and functional experts.

 

SAP testers need a solution that:

  • Embraces collaboration
  • Provides real-time visibility into status and results
  • Simplifies tedious documentation processes
  • Increases the efficiency, quality, and certainty of testing
  • Creates and maintains a standardized approach from the get-go

5 Reasons Excel Is Holding Back Your SAP Testing

Excel spreadsheets have traditionally been used to meet test management needs. They are not designate testing tools. Download our latest eBook to learn more about the 5 reasons Excel is holding back your SAP testing:

 

  1.       It’s like the blind leading the blind
  2.       A collaborative culture needs fostering
  3.       Manual processes can also be automated
  4.       Compliance readiness is a real thing
  5.       You need a testing solution that understands SAP

 

5 Reasons Excel is Holding Back Your SAP Testing