A number of companies we work with have used LiveCompare to increase release frequency . By using LiveCompare, they’ve adopted an agile approach to SAP change management, implementing changes as and when they need to rather than bundling them up into quarterly releases. Today I’m going to tell you how our customers use LiveCompare to allow them to adopt this agile approach to SAP application change management.
You might be wondering how they increase the pace of change without compromising quality. LiveCompare provides users with accurate and detailed reports on the impact of SAP application change. These reports allow organizations to prioritize their testing and ensure business critical transactions and tests (for example in HPE ALM) are not missed.
A lot of organizations we work with admitted trying to test everything because they had no better information. And testing what you know you use doesn’t mean you’ll actually test the things that are impacted by change .
Increase Change without Compromising Quality
One company we work with started their journey to agile a few years ago. They increased the frequency of SAP change from monthly to weekly . This meant introducing over 1000 changes per year. To enable zero defects when pushing these changes live, they needed a way to automate impact analysis. They use LiveCompare to do this. They integrate LiveCompare with HPE ALM and SAP Solution Manager’s ChaRM for a completely automated approach to impact analysis and testing. As well as impact analysis, they use LiveCompare to assess their code quality and analyze their transaction use. LiveCompare reports tell them what transactions they use, who use them, when and in which locations.
Since using LiveCompare, this organization’s approach to change management has measurably improved: more changes are implemented, faster and to a higher quality. They get real-time, any-time analysis of the changes they make and the results are shared and viewed globally.
Another company we work with increased the frequency at which they release change to production purely because LiveCompare can tell them what the impact will be.
By using LiveCompare, they can adopt an agile approach to SAP change management, implementing changes as and when they need to rather than bundling them up into quarterly releases or even less frequent updates.
By using LiveCompare, organizations can:
• Pinpoint exactly what needs testing.
• Move away from a test-everything or guess-test approach.
• Identify test script hits and gaps for both manual and automated scripts using LiveCompare with HPE ALM.
• Prioritize change depending on what risk that change poses to the business.
• Shorten test cycles.
• Reduce testing resources required.
• Reduce the time and effort required for testing, which will reduce costs associated with testing.
If you’re wondering how LiveCompare does its analysis then take a look at this five minute video here for a short intro.
How Does LiveCompare Work?
LiveCompare looks at three key factors to determine exactly which transactions you need to test when making change:
• How critical are transactions are to the business?
• Relationship between the changing and used objects (we refer to this as “depth”).
• How often transactions are used by the business?
LiveCompare crunches your SAP data (what’s used, what’s changing and how all the objects depend on one another) and provides reports which will tell you exactly what to test and why. If you use HPE ALM/Quality Center then use LiveCompare to tell you which tests to run, and identify where you have gaps in your test coverage.
If you want to analyze the impact of SAP application change fast, accurately and with zero defects in 2017, contact us today to book a demo and find out more.