What do you think are the most important steps to take during the software application testing period of a new business system?
One of the most important steps is planning. This is what separates the formal testing phase from limited testing previously performed during the design and construction phases.
During this planning period, it is critical to make sure that the right end-users will participate in testing, developing test cases and integration testing. A test case specifically defines what to test in terms of business process scenarios and includes the expected results. It is best to test as many scenarios as possible to achieve a high level of test coverage.
Integration testing is about ensuring all modules of the system work well together when processing complete business processes through the network. For example, the sales-to-cash process involves many modules; that entire process must be able to run with no software glitches.
More on ERP deployments
Read a tip on two ERP deployment options
Understand hybrid cloud ERP deployment
See how cloud deployment helped consolidate ERP systems
Learn the value of proper ERP testing and how it can ensure ERP implementation success
Find tips for planning ERP site visits to determine the right ERP vendors for you
Read advice on how to manage ERP consultants before, during and after a project
About the author:
Steven Phillips is an ERP professional with more than 27 years of implementation experience, and the author of the book Control Your ERP Destiny. His background includes senior management education, software selection, project management, application consulting, process redesign, systems design, testing, training and post-go-live support.
Steven has a degree in production and operations management, with advanced studies in industrial management. Previously certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, he has written articles appearing in APICS publications. He also runs the popular blog Street Smart ERP.
Dig Deeper on Manufacturing ERP implementation tips
Related Q&A from Steven Phillips
In this expert response, find the pros and cons of using software from large ERP vendors.continue reading
In this expert response, find out how to separate best-of-breed software hype from reality.continue reading
In this expert response, learn how to best use software for manufacturing forecasting and automation projects.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.