A business view on testing ERP Systems with value-based requirements coverage

Authors Rudolf Ramler
Theodorich Kopetzky
Wolfgang Platz
Editors F. Piazolo
M. Felderer
Title A business view on testing ERP Systems with value-based requirements coverage
Booktitle Innovation and Future of Enterprise Information Systems - Proc. ERP Future 2012 (Revised Papers)
Type in proceedings
Publisher Springer
Series Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
Volume 4
ISBN 978-3-642-37020-5
Month June
Year 2013
Pages 219-234
SCCH ID# 1273
Abstract

Testing has been identified as a critical factor for a successful implementation of ERP systems. However, most testing activities are still value-neutral and do not utilize the information about the system’s achievable business value, which is a particularly promising improvement for testing of business software and ERP systems. In this paper we therefore present an approach for value-based coverage measurement that can be used to align the testing effort to the value associated with requirements and typical usage scenarios. It has been implemented as part of the commercial test tool TOSCA Testsuite by Tricentis and was successfully applied in real-world projects. The results demonstrated its ability to adequately capture the distribution of the business value involved in different functional units. Furthermore, when compared with a value-neutral and a pure requirements-based approach for test case prioritization, it produced a higher benefit curve and an early positive ROI from testing.