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Steria launches ‘Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)’

New service to make software testing process more efficient and cost-effective

UK, London, 12 December 2012 - Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, today launches 'Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)'. The service will assist customers through the testing phase of the upgrade process for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems running on SAP efficiently and cost-effectively.

Due to the high level of customisation required, upgrades can be incredibly time and resource intensive, making the process a massive drain on IT resources. 'Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)' will help customers better understand where testing is needed, reducing the amount of time spent by an estimated thirty to forty per cent. The solution will analyse where testing efforts should be made, rather than having to test everything, in order to maximise business continuity, reduce costs and drive efficiency.

The solution analyses the SAP code and builds relationships between the code and the associated business process, enabling organisations to pinpoint the potential impact of any code changes using technology from Panaya. This approach provides the intelligence needed to structure an effective testing procedure to deliver a safe, rapid and cost effective change. The solution will be available on a pay-per-use model, requiring no upfront capital investment from the customer.

Clients will benefit from Steria's testing experts and a proven methodology and approach to testing for ERP SAP upgrades. Steria uses the industry open standard Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi) for quality assurance and to ensure that the correct testing processes are build in right from the start. This avoids any future issues or conflicts between developers and testers.

Dominique Raviart from analyst firm NelsonHall explains, "Testing is a vital part of upgrading SAP applications to ensure that there are no errors that could have a knock-on effect on the rest of the business. Yet not all SAP upgrades testing service offering are equal and those that stand out rely on a higher level of automation to reduce potential human mistakes and shorten the length of testing projects."

François Enaud, Steria Group CEO, says, "In our experience, around seventy five per cent of the time and resources dedicated to upgrades will be spent testing or preparing to test. With an estimated 2,500 SAP upgrades planned in India along next year, minimising the amount of time and resources spent on upgrades will be crucial. 'Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)' will help clients navigate their way through the process so they better understand the cost to the business, and prevent any disruptions. This will offer huge time savings and cost efficiencies to our customers."

In summary
Steria launches 'Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)' to help clients through the testing phase of upgrading their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems running on SAP more efficiently and cost effectively. Due to a high level of customisation, upgrades can be complex as well as time and resource intensive. 'Steria: RightTest ERP (SAP)' will help customers better understand where to target testing using its proven methodology, rather than having to test everything. This reduces the amount of time spent on the process by an estimated 30-40%. The solution will drive efficiencies, reduce costs and maximise business continuity.

-ENDS-

About Steria: www.steria.com
Steria delivers IT enabled business services and is the trusted transformation partner for private and public sectors organisations across the globe. By combining in depth understanding of our clients' businesses with expertise in IT and business process outsourcing, we take on our clients' challenges and develop innovative solutions to address them efficiently and profitably. Through our highly collaborative consulting style, we work with our clients to transform their business, enabling them to focus on what they do best. Our 20,000 people, working across 16 countries, support the systems, services and processes that make today's world turn, touching the lives of millions around the globe each day. Founded in 1969, Steria has offices in Europe, India, North Africa and SE Asia and a 2011 revenue of €1.75 billion. 21%(*) of Steria's capital is owned by its employees. Headquartered in Paris, Steria is listed on the Euronext Paris market.

(*): including the Employees Shares Trust in the UK

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