Testimony employs Robotic Test Automation (RTA), a fully automated new approach that eliminates cost and effort from both automated and manual testing.  

London / Dallas — Basis Technologies, a leading innovator in DevOps for SAP, today announces the expansion of its DevOps Toolset with Testimony, a solution that offers a radical new approach to functional regression testing of SAP environments.  

Testimony introduces a transformative new testing paradigm, Robotic Test Automation (RTA). RTA reduces the risk of change and gives businesses the confidence needed to operate at a highly competitive pace.  It protects critical business processes from unintended consequences of change by dramatically reducing the time needed for regression testing, while simultaneously increasing test coverage and decreasing costs.  Testimony automatically learns and validates system operation, allowing testing to ‘shift left’ to much earlier in the development cycle, without external system dependencies.  

A transformative new approach to test automation
Testimony uses RTA to deliver a fully automated solution that learns how an SAP system is used, and the way it interacts with others.  It autonomously creates a comprehensive regression library, removing the need for expensive, time-consuming tasks such as end-user recording, business process discovery, and test script creation and maintenance that are typically required by other automated solutions. Using Testimony, system-wide regression testing can now be initiated in a matter of days, with no manual intervention and far deeper business process coverage.

RTA  eliminates the challenges and expense of traditional test automation and provides a highly efficient alternative to slow, costly manual methods.  Testing becomes truly automated, from creation of test assets, to execution and upkeep. This new approach also frees up valuable functional experts to be focused on core activities rather than supporting regression testing, and removes the challenging test data problems common to traditional approaches.

Testimony provides the means to make agile development and DevOps for SAP even more effective, supporting continuous testing and faster, more frequent delivery of change. Transformation projects such as the move to SAP HANA databases or re-platforming to the cloud can be significantly accelerated, while essential SAP updates and upgrades become quicker and safer.  

Far deeper coverage
Coverage beyond the user interface (UI) is essential for effective testing, but is typically not available in SAP regression test solutions - today’s products focus only on “outside-in” interactions at the UI layer. Testimony delivers the additional insight required. It validates UI interactions but also monitors SAP software at a code-and-system level, exercising a wide variety of execution paths and technical interactions (such as remote function calls and BAPIs) and automatically including them in the overall test plan to ensure far greater coverage.

In addition, Testimony uses service virtualization to automatically isolate SAP systems from others (whether SAP or non-SAP), providing the means to fully test business processes that involve external interactions and integrations.  Representative system inputs and outputs are invoked without the need for inaccurate estimation, modelling or replication of external systems in the test environment.

Responding to user demand
66%1 of organizations using SAP software expect regression testing to increase in the short term, and require a cost-efficient way to address the issue.  Testimony delivers a compelling new solution.

“Testimony really is revolutionary,” said Gavin Thornton, IT Senior Application SME – SAP, CBH Group2.  “We were one of the first to use the product and the output immediately challenged what we thought we knew about the impact of change in our systems.  It has already fundamentally altered the way we think about testing SAP software. We’ve evaluated automated testing tools before but until now none of them have successfully addressed our basic challenges. Testimony is different. It gives us a way to massively increase the speed and effectiveness of testing, so that we can deliver the changes that the business needs with much greater confidence.”

“Our customers led us to Testimony,” adds Craig Oliver, CIO, Basis Technologies.  “Manual regression testing is common, though still beyond the reach of many organizations, but users also told us existing automation solutions are impractical and even ineffective.  Testimony is a radical solution that addresses prohibitive set-up costs and lead times, and provides a sustainable solution when effective maintenance is otherwise impossible.  What’s more, it helps to support the agile and DevOps approaches that are becoming important to an increasing number of our customers.”

Key capabilities of Testimony:

* Automatically learn how SAP systems operate, with no user intervention
* Automatically validate learned behaviour in test environments
* Shift regression testing left in the development lifecycle
* Start testing within days
* Comprehensive system coverage, beyond the UI (RFCs, batch jobs, etc)
* Test cross-system interactions without need for external systems
* Provide real-time feedback on test status

“Businesses today need to change and improve their SAP systems faster than ever thanks to digital transformation, new technology and increasing customer expectations,” continues Martin Metcalf, CEO of Basis Technologies. “However, the cost and effort involved in traditional regression testing means that most firms can’t carry out enough to be confident that critical business processes are safe, even when using older test automation tools. Testimony’s pioneering use of Robotic Test Automation totally changes the game, allowing businesses to become more agile, efficient and competitive.”

Testimony is available now. To find out more, visit www.basistechnologies.com/testimony.

1 Basis Technologies survey of 300 companies using SAP

2 Established in Western Australia in 1933, CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the supply chain from storage, handling and transport to marketing, shipping and processing.  Owned and controlled by around 4,200 Western Australian grain growers and headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, CBH is Australia’s largest exporter of grain, with a market share of approximately 30 per cent of aggregated bulk exports.

Announcing Testimony, a new approach to SAP testing with Robotic Test Automation

After a very hectic few months I’m hugely excited to be able to share the news of the latest addition to our product range. Today we have officially announced a genuinely transformative new solution called Testimony, which totally reinvents regression testing in SAP environments.

We all know that SAP systems need to constantly evolve to support your business.  Most of us are also aware that in general it’s difficult, maybe even impossible, to be confident changes won’t have some sort of unexpected impact.  And unexpected usually means negative.

So how do we try to mitigate that risk and ensure key business processes aren’t negatively impacted in ways we didn’t expect? Well, we all do comprehensive regression testing before we deploy any changes, right?

If only it was that simple!

In reality, while regression testing protects your business processes, making it happen is not straightforward. Traditional approaches are slow, disruptive, and expensive, and often still don’t deliver the coverage that’s really needed. One of our customers recently described their current approach as ‘flying by the seat of their pants’, which sums things up nicely. That makes it hard to keep critical processes safe on a day-to-day basis, let alone during major projects like re-platforming in the cloud.

At Basis Technologies we realized that traditional test automation tools simply aren’t solving this problem well enough, so - given that SAP automation tools are our reason for getting up in the morning - so we set ourselves to the task of automating not only test execution, but also creation and upkeep, in a way that removes the need for a big investment in human capital.

Testimony is the outcome.

It uses a new concept called Robotic Test Automation (RTA), which provides the ability to start running comprehensive regression testing from scratch in only a matter of days.  This new technology completely changes the game by automating the test generation as well as test execution.  

The result is that we can often achieve better than 80% test coverage in SAP without writing a single test!

A unique new approach

When we designed Testimony, we first looked at why existing testing solutions (both manual and automated) don’t do a good enough job of solving the regression problem.

What we heard time and again from the firms we work with was that the current barrier to entry is too high, as is the subsequent cost of effective maintenance - it’s simply too much work to understand what to test, create the tests, and then maintain them as coverage and functionality increase. There was also a strong desire to minimize the impact on functional business users, who in many cases today have to be far too involved in testing.

So we asked ourselves, what could a successful testing model look like if requirements, discovery, planning and maintenance could all effectively be eliminated?

Well to us it looks like a solution that removes the limited focus of desktop-based user recordings. A solution that goes beyond the UI to capture far more of what is happening in the system.  One in which the test library always reflects current business practice, because it’s re-created and automatically grows to include new functionality after every release.

Testimony achieves all this by employing a unique server-side approach to learning what to test and how to test it in SAP. It observes users as they do their jobs normally, but also discovers system level interactions that are never observed with typical UI automation tools.

This new approach eliminates the need for test data management and cleverly crafted test scripts, and allows actual end user behavior, including cross-actor business processes, to be validated. Testing coverage includes system interactions like RFCs and BAPIs, providing a much more robust level of validation than typical UI-based testing. What’s more, external system dependencies are automatically virtualized. That means external interactions can be regression tested effectively, even without the relevant external systems in your test environment.

So what does this mean?

Testimony is effective because it uses the regular activity of the entire enterprise to define testing requirements.  Instead of asking questions and authoring tests or scripts, our solution produces the answer outright giving much greater confidence in change or project delivery.

It extracts a significant amount of time from the test cycle, both in development and in ongoing upkeep.  That time has real value, and it’s in the acceleration of the overall delivery cycle.  That could mean delivering change three times a year instead of two.  It could mean having the confidence to do it every week.  It could mean drastically shortening the implementation timeline for a major project.  Whatever the case, what is that chance to deliver more change to production worth to you?

This new approach brings many benefits and is already changing the way that companies think about testing SAP applications.  It’s giving companies a way to massively increase the speed and effectiveness of testing, so that they can deliver the changes that the business needs with much greater confidence.

Click here to find out more about how Testimony can transform your SAP test processes.

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The ever-expanding roll call of international businesses that have adopted Basis Technologies’ DevOps Toolset to manage their SAP systems now includes Procter & Gamble, who have selected Transport Expresso* to help in their transition to S/4HANA.

As the move to S/4HANA becomes a reality for more and more SAP users the DevOps Toolset delivers the control needed to make the transition safe and robust. It helps to maintain the integrity of data and systems that ensure global business continuity, by aligning and synchronizing ECC and S/4HANA systems. Features such as template management and protection allow selective application of change to global and regional systems, providing an appropriate level of governance in complex SAP landscapes.

“We are extremely proud to have been selected by Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies and most recognizable brands”, said Martin Metcalf, CEO of Basis Technologies. “Our DevOps Toolset enables SAP users to address one of the biggest technical challenges they face, helping them to manage, align and synchronize changes between S/4 and ECC so that they can run current business operations without interruption whilst implementing and running S/4HANA. As a result, customers expect a reduction in both cost and risk to their system operations.”

 

* About Basis Technologies

Basis Technologies - the global market leaders in DevOps for SAP - provides advanced automation tools whose comprehensive feature set enables businesses to become more agile and responsive to market needs by delivering faster, more frequent, safer change into SAP systems.

Our DevOps Toolset consists of Transport Expresso, ShiftLeft, DevMax, DevAnalytics, Consolidator, Z Accelerators and SnapOps tools.

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