After establishing testing and migration strategies, part of the Accenture team was dedicated to application test management. In Phase One of the project, more than 500 people simultaneously conducted tests and, over a six-month period, a worldwide community of more than 2,000 people used ALM on SaaS. Testers conducted approximately 30,000 test cases to migrate more than 20 countries onto the central SAP system.
In Phase Two of the project, local operating companies in 10 more countries were migrated from their legacy systems and integrated into the central SAP ERP system. Over 100 non-SAP applications were migrated, rationalized and connected to the central system in an exercise that involved more than 2,000 IT and business testers who executed another 25,000 business test scenarios.
A global regression testing approach was put in place, re-using the ALM set-up and test scenarios created during previous releases, mobilizing business users from the existing 20 live operating companies to prepare and execute regression tests, mitigating the risk of adding 10 more countries to the central system. In order to alleviate business regression test efforts, more than 500 business test scenarios were automated using Unified Functional Testing software, Business Process Testing, ALM and SAP TAO. This set was run nine times to mitigate the risk of regression in multiple system releases.
Using ALM on SaaS ensured every country employed consistent systematic testing processes regardless of location. Before the integrated applications went live, frequently referred to as ‘a big bang’, all the business solutions were tested in a highly structured manner. IT personnel initially tested the solutions, followed by the business users. The Accenture ERP Testing Strategy combined with ALM test and requirements reporting capabilities enabled mature risk management, allowing the merged company to make well-founded decisions at every stage.