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Lack of test data

Testing without proper test data can be a daunting activity. The supply of appropriate data for any kind of testing has been reported a time consuming effort which finally often does not even provide ideal testing conditions. The test system does just not reflect a production-like data reality. Therefore testing or in other words a rehearsal of what will subsequently be done on production is neither holistic nor meaningful enough.

An other aspect of test data is certainly data privacy. According to regulations such as General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) and alike test data needs to be free of personal data content. Article §5 of GDPR states that personal data has a clear purpose limitation to its initial purpose it was collected for. Excluding the rare event of personal data was collected for testing purposes, this has an significant impact on test data creation in general.


Happy birthday

Now there is an answer to that and we are happy to announce that SAP S/4HANA Cloud, test data refresh was released with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108 and is available for subscription since August 9th this year.

The solution´s uppermost goal is to provide an ideal test data environment within a test/quality system.

After running several successful customer pilots we can now offer this cloud service for our SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers. It enables testing on most current production-like data of high quality and quantity. SAP S/4HANA Cloud, test data refresh includes the following features:

  • It refreshes master and transaction data (application data) of the test/quality system sourced by data from production

  • A built-in depersonalization feature supports customers' data privacy compliance.

Both features ensure Test/Quality system consistency after each refresh.

Customers can subscribe to the service and subsequently request a test data refresh by opening a support ticket.

For more service details and its delivery please visit SAP Help Portal


The journey just started

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108 the journey started. With the following release test data refresh is planned to be equipped with more and more features. Here an outlook:

Reduction scenarios

Refreshing all application data is not needed to support holistic testing all the time. Therefore we intent to offer options to reduce the data refreshed.

Cloud extensibility

In-app extensibilities allow users to create custom data. In future our customers shall be enabled to pick and choose whether this data will be refreshed. In addition depersonalization logics shall be made applicable to cater data privacy too.


By the way

We constantly strive to improve this service, thus appreciate feedback and suggestions for desirable features and improvements. Therefore we kindly ask you to place your innovation requests on SAP Customer Engagement - Influence and Adopt for continuous influence session SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Migration

In case of questions please feel encouraged to check the FAQs on SAP Community or ask a question.


Thanks for your interest in test data refresh.