Testing with Migrated Data
Virtually every ERP implementation entails the testing of business processes as well as the migration of data. One thing that is easy to overlook, however, is testing business processes with migrated data. As development and testing environments are populated with data to facilitate unit and conference room piloting, there is a tendency to test different scenarios with the same data over and over again. While the processes may end up fulfilling all expected results, it is important to wrap back around and run the tests again with data as it will exist the day of go live.
When the implementation day comes around, it is common that master and dynamic data will be loaded into the ERP system using tools, utilities and programs that will not be used for transactions from that point forward. For example, inventory balances may be programmatically loaded, rather than created “organically” through a production or purchase order receipt transaction. While the base data of the inventory records may seem complete, there is potential that ancillary data normally captured during daily transactions has not been properly loaded. It is important to confirm that the migrated data supports further transaction processing, and that surprises don’t lurk behind the scenes.
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