Launch of 'RightTest ERP (SAP)'

New service to make software testing process more efficient and cost-effective.

Steria today launches‘Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)’. The service will assist customers through the testing phase of the upgrade process for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems running on SAP efficiently and cost-effectively.

Due to the high level of customisation required, upgrades can be incredibly time and resource intensive, making the process a massive drain on IT resources. ‘Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)’ will help customers better understand where testing is needed, reducing the amount of time spent by an estimated thirty to forty per cent. The solution will analyse where testing efforts should be made, rather than having to test everything, in order to maximise business continuity, reduce costs and drive efficiency.

The solution analyses the SAP code and builds relationships between the code and the associated business process, enabling organisations to pinpoint the potential impact of any code changes using technology from Panaya. This approach provides the intelligence needed to structure an effective testing procedure to deliver a safe, rapid and cost effective change. The solution will be available on a pay-per-use model, requiring no upfront capital investment from the customer.

Clients will benefit from Steria’s testing experts and a proven methodology and approach to testing for ERP SAP upgrades. Steria uses the industry open standard Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi) for quality assurance and to ensure that the correct testing processes are build in right from the start. This avoids any future issues or conflicts between developers and testers.

Dominique Raviart from analyst firm NelsonHall explains, “Testing is a vital part of upgrading SAP applications to ensure that there are no errors that could have a knock-on effect on the rest of the business. Yet not all SAP upgrades testing service offering are equal and those that stand out rely on a higher level of automation to reduce potential human mistakes and shorten the length of testing projects.

François Enaud, Steria Group CEO, says, “In our experience, around seventy five per cent of the time and resources dedicated to upgrades will be spent testing or preparing to test. With an estimated 2,500 SAP upgrades planned in India along next year, minimising the amount of time and resources spent on upgrades will be crucial. ‘Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)’ will help clients navigate their way through the process so they better understand the cost to the business, and prevent any disruptions. This will offer huge time savings and cost efficiencies to our customers.