"With growing data volume, increasing data security breaches, and complex application-performance issues, most enterprises today face significant data management challenges. Keeping inactive data online not only creates security risk but also increases infrastructure and database cost. Some enterprises are literally throwing away data to minimize complexity and lower these costs. Although there are several better options available to control data growth, data archiving is the best long-term solution to significantly improve application performance and reduce the cost of servers and storage. Data archiving supports many other requirements, including retiring applications, managing test data, improving database manageability, performing data sharing, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Application development professionals and information architects should consider building an enterprise-wide data archiving strategy for large databases and applications."- Forrester

Test Data Management Services

Why Test Data Management Services?

There is a constant and increasing demand to cater to higher test data volumes, encompassing diverse data types, with the application landscape distributed geographically. These factors have made Test Data Management services (TDM services) an important component to ensure reliability and quality for enterprise class software applications. TDM services refer to an organized way to manage and control test data in various test environments.

Challenges

Inadequate, improper, and insufficient test data, and lack of a well-orchestrated Test Data Management strategy poses challenges from an end user perspective. To achieve this, the most important aspect is the ability to clone the production environment to the best possible extent.

That said, following are some big challenges around the Test Data Management space:

  • Complex and large volume of data requirements for validating business processes
  • Handling multiple sources of data in different formats required for testing
  • Managing changes to shared test data that affect multiple projects / programs
  • Techniques to handle PII related data to be in compliance with (such as HIPAA, PCI, GLBA, SOX, etc.)
  • Lack of formal governance and processes to dispose test data when not needed
Approach

TDM services of Cigniti are designed to be able to meet and satisfy the demands of enterprises looking to take advantage of test data and environment management solutions for complex IT deployments. Broadly, the TDM services from Cigniti cater to the following categories: Test Data Discovery, Subset Production, Masking, Test Data Refresh, and Automation of Comparing Results, Streamlining Deployments, and Centralising TDM Services.

Following is a list of recommended best practices to overcome the challenges of TDM services.

  • Test Data Profiling - Needs, Requirements, Strategy, Sources
  • Test Data Provisioning - Subsetting, Cloning, Masking, Random
  • Test Data Management - Populate, Cleansing, Refresh, Disposing
  • Test Data Governance - Automation, Deployment, Consumption, Centralization
  • Test Data Automation - Opportunities, ROI, Tools, Accelerators
Benefits

The key benefits of TDM may be summarized as below:

  • Availability of on-demand fit-for-purpose test data
  • Centralized test data management results in quicker data provisioning
  • Improved test coverage due to improved test data quality
  • Availability of voluminous and real look testing data
  • Reduced test cycle time due to automated test data processes

To know more about how Cigniti can help you take advantage of its Test Data Management services, write to info@cigniti.com.