The completion of the test automation initiative confirmed the transformational value Accenture expected in terms of better, faster and more cost-effectively:
Having honed test automation, the SAP team was not only able to meet the project objectives, but also use automated scripts to test Accenture’s implementation of SAP Suite on HANA, SAP’s advanced in-memory platform, as Accenture undertakes a multi-phase journey to migrate to SAP S/4HANA Enterprise. For the next phase of the journey, the SAP team will create the additional automated test scripts needed to cover the resulting new processes and functionalities.
Better – Internal IT is maintaining high testing quality as Accenture has grown.
Faster – Regression testing effort declined 60 percent, which lets Accenture deploy changes to the business faster. The reduction of test effort in some areas was much higher; for example, a 90 percent reduction in the order-to-cash process.
More cost-effective – The reduction in testing effort reduced the following fiscal year’s testing budget by approximately 50 percent.
Additionally, the success of the test automation initiative opened the door to automating production processes as well, and led to a second initiative that is automating the production execution of Accenture’s financial close process. Accenture plans to continue to further automate its most complex and critical processes.