"Enabling Reliable Testing Through Test Data Management"
Enabling Reliable Testing Through Test Data Management With growing complexity of IT applications, application testing has gained paramount importance. Today organizations have the need to improve the quality and reliability of their applications and systems, and testing plays a crucial role in ensuring that these standards of quality and reliability are met. But testing itself is a time-consuming and cumbersome process. Test teams not only face tough challenges in ensuring efficiency, but they are also required to follow exact test methodologies while making sure that the accuracy of test data is not compromised. In addition to this, they are required to systematically manage the testing process and at the same time ensure that the actual requirements of testing and application development are met. This is possible only with the help of a reliable test data management strategy. The process of managing test data plays a critical role in maintaining applications and databases. Moreover, stringent guidelines govern the management and security of test data, making it essential for organizations to strategically handle test data. Only a robust test data management solution can address these multiple requirements. A good test data management solution is one that is capable of securely managing test data and development processes on a single platform. It should be able to rapidly reduce inefficiencies in the testing process, help extract greater value from test data, and should make reliable test data available in a well-organized, controlled, consistent, and secure fashion. IBM Optim test data management solution comes with these capabilities. With a reliable test management solution like the one designed by IBM organizations can: Bring down IT maintenance costs associated with large data sets Implement a comprehensive and well-rounded data management strategy Eliminate the need for high cost storage in production servers Dramatically improve productivity among application users Such a test data management solution employs advanced techniques and powerful analysis tools that help create an environment which can enable the maintenance of secure, reliable, and well- integrated test data quality over repeated test cycles. It can also dramatically simply the testing cycle and boost business confidence in making decisions using models generated from good quality test data. Thus by enabling centralized management and security control, organizations can ensure that an efficient IBM Optim test data management strategy is used, which produces realistic test data that can enable reliable testing which in turn helps in making reliable applications.