How SAP Testing would look like in future

Kirthan Ramesh


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Testing has evolved through years but still it is mostly manually driven. There are some generic tools that are available in the market and there are a few specific tools from SAP itself that have some level of automation.

80% of the testing is still done manually, and the effectiveness of the tools is still a question. People use it for test management to a certain extent, for preparation and for storage. But, in terms of automation there is a quite lot that has to happen.

The evolution of API-first development as far as SAP is concerned, in terms of the new cloud version of SAP S/4HANA single-tenant or multi-tenant, where the complete SAP is more API Driven and there is lot of things that you can do in terms of API based testing. Here comes our platform, KTern, which is more in terms of trying to democratize how you do a transformation. As far as autonomous testing is concerned, it is still in its early stages for economic systems, but there is an effort made by KTern as well in terms of moving towards autonomous testing.

There are six level of autonomous testing, those are as follows:

Level One – Manual:

This level is quite self-explanatory. This is where most of the companies are with their automation. Every testing has to be done manually and there is no AI intervention. The tester has more control in terms of testing and verifying the changes.

Level Two – Assisted Automation:

In this level there will be a very little assistance from AI in terms of the automation.

Level Three – Partial Automation:

Typically, the testing is outsourced to someone else as a third-party and that’s how the risk of quality is being taken care by the CMOs. But, there are better ways to do it. There is partial automation where there will be a little bit of intervention in terms of how the changes are happening.

Level Four – Conditional Automation:

In conditional automation, you will give a set of rules in terms of how the testing should be done. Most of the companies will be in one of the last three stages of automation when it comes to testing.

Level Five – High level Automation:

In this level most of the testing is automated but it still needs to be manually monitored in case any changes that might occur. The process will be automated but it might still need human intervention.

Level six – Complete Automation:

This is the future that we are looking for. The complete testing automation where everything will be taken care of by the AI and there will be zero human intervention. The AI comes up with its own set of scripts. There are very few companies and startups that are doing a lot in this space and KTern is one of them as well.

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