ERPs are complex systems that impact virtually every aspect of a company, so testing your ERP software is a critical piece to ensuring a successful implementation. ERP software testing finds and solves problems before they snowball into expensive catastrophes, so you can focus on running your business efficiently.
ERP software testing needs to happen at each and every implementation stage. This way, you can thoroughly vet each component of the platform before it is live. To do so effectively, you can follow this simple methodology (but we recommend calling in ERP experts to handle this critical part of the ERP process):
- Set up the test system and the data you will be using for testing.
- Run the tests and log any issues you find.
- Evaluate those problems to determine how to fix them.
- Test again to see if the fixes worked.
You will be testing functionality, ensuring that all of the features you have implemented are working as they should to meet the specific needs of your company. And you’ll also be testing performance, ideally putting the system through demanding examples that represent how you will use the ERP at its peak. The last thing you want is for your ERP to fail when you need it most.
Integration testing ensures that your ERP software is linked in with itself, so you avoid problems arising between modules or components, as well as integrating within your organization. This testing proves whether or not your ERP is a good fit for your company by using real business scenarios. You may also wish to test how the ERP handles data, as well as security and usability for various users.
ERP software testing is one of the most important things you can do for your company, staff, and resources. It requires a lot of work and cooperation across various departments and users, but it’s well worth it to find and solve issues internally before they become a larger problem. It’s also not easy to take on alone, so consider engaging with an ERP expert to ensure nothing is missed or overlooked during this critical stage.
As your trusted ERP solution provider, Decision Resources, Inc. is also your partner in the implementation and testing of ERP software. The reliability of your software is as important to us as it is to you. For more information about ERP software testing or to set up a consultation, get in touch today.