Digital Transformation

How to Manage Your SAP Releases as a Master

by | May 2, 2016


How to Manage Your SAP Releases as a Master

Panaya’s powerful tools were designed to manage and support IT organizations which introduce changes to their production environments.

Most of the largest IT organizations are merging their development and testing efforts through a release manufacturing production line that ends in releases every week/month/quarter.

By managing the activities in an organized way, with a predefined scope and schedule, IT organizations can:

  1. Minimize the risk to production – by reducing the occurrences when changes are implemented.
  2. Minimize production down-time – since during the release deployment, the changes may affect running applications and cause system errors.
  3. Perform unified and one-time regression testing for the entire release.
  4. Align both the business and IT on a periodic build, test, and deploy This enables them to run their IT like a factory. They can plan their releases upfront – while identifying conflicts in resources, budgets, etc.
Align both the business and IT on a periodic build, test, and deploy process
Align both the business and IT on a periodic build, test, and deploy process

One of the biggest challenges in the testing stage of the release is test scoping.

Obviously, the release manager needs to test the new functionalities delivered in the release, but how can he or she make sure that other objects weren’t affected by the changes? How can the release manager verify that these objects are covered in the release’s planned testing?

By ignoring this risk, the release manager may face severe production failures that may seriously damage the organization, causing downtime, loss of revenue, reputation damage, and more.

The main features of Panaya’s Periodic Releases management tool allow the release manager to upload the content of the release and the test plan to Panaya.

Then, in a short amount of time, the release manager gets a clear picture of the covered items in the plan, as well as the ability to identify the missing items.

By getting this crucial information, the release manager can decide which objects to scope for testing and enhance the original test plan with the missing items.

This, of course, also supports a tight integration with our Test Management tool, which can be synced with the test scoping from the release analysis.

Within the Test Management tool, we also introduced a new view to highlight only tests affected by a release.

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While testing and enjoying our accelerated testing approach, the release manager will be able to reuse previous release testing as the regression testing suite, and enhance it in every release.

After just a few releases, the release manager will gain an excellent regression suite, making sure it is covering all the needed business critical processes.

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