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APOS Validation Manager

Automated Report Testing

APOS Validation Manager provides automated report testing for:

  • SAP Web Intelligence
  • SAP Analysis Office
  • SAP Crystal Reports
  • SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

Content validation is a necessary step in the implementation of new versions and SPs of SAP BI. Ensuring that report objects and instances behave in the same manner pre- and post-implementation is a critical element of the testing process, and we have designed the APOS Validation Manager to take much of the drudgery out of this part of the process.

Keeping enterprise software up to date is critical to the smooth functioning of any organization. Your SAP BI system needs to run on the newest SP to allow your decision-making workflows to take advantage of the latest and greatest BI platform advances, but even the implementation of a new SP requires due diligence and can consume your resources for a considerable amount of time. One of the most time-consuming and labor-intensive activities in such a technology adoption project is content validation.

APOS Validation Manager

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Validation Manager presents a project-based, highly controlled environment for testing reports. From the main screen, you can log in to your source BI system, search for report objects, add the report objects to a project, set the target BI system connection information, and import the files into your project. You can simplify the import operation by using other APOS solutions such as APOS Insight or the InfoScheduler or Instance Manager modules of the APOS Administrator solution, or you can import by specifying schedules or from existing instances.

Once you've set up your source and target systems, you specify schedules for validation and run the validation process. Once the validation process has run, you will see a status icon beside each object:

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Validating SAP BI Content Appearance, Functionality & Calculations

You need to validate content in a number of ways, but two of the most time- and labor-consuming validation processes are:

  1. Validating whether instances appear and function in the same manner. That is, the SP didn't break the existing instance. When you open the instance after deployment of the SP, it looks identical to how it appeared before the SP deployment.
  2. Validating that reports run in the same way with the same parameters, producing the same results. That is, calculations do not change from one SP to another.

The APOS Validation Manager automates these two validation processes, returning results in a small fraction of the time it takes to perform these processes manually.

While there are other facets of instances that organizations may test, it is these two that are the most time-consuming and labor-intensive. Because the Validation Manager handles a substantial chunk of the most labor-, time-, and cost-intensive activities, it allows you to enlarge your sampling of reports and instances while liberating resources to perform higher-ROI activities.

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