SAP Test Automation with Axe
SAP implementations and upgrades are resource intensive activities, often exceeding budget expectations and missing deadlines. It is estimated around 30-45% of the effort in implementing and around 80% of the effort of upgrading SAP is consumed in testing (source: 2008 Panorama consulting ERP reports).
Test automation seems a natural fit for SAP, with a standard UI and logical, modular structure, and indeed a number of automation tools are provided with SAP. So why isn’t it more prevalent? As with all automation tools, technical skills are required to get the best out of them, and over 85% of test automation initiatives fail (source: IDT)
What does Axe do? It enables non-technical testers to define and maintain automated tests in simple, natural language spreadsheets. It uses code generation techniques to create SAP GUI scripts as well as detailed test documentation. Essentially, Axe empowers non-technical testers to leverage the automated testing capabilities built into SAP without the need to write code.