Test Data Management
Compuware’s Test Data Management solution, which leverages the industry-leading File-AID products, simplifies the complexity of test data management—for both test and production environments—through a standardized approach to managing data from multiple databases and file types.
How you manage test data plays a role in controlling or increasing complexity and IT costs. While physical data storage costs are decreasing, that number is only becoming more dependent on what tools and skills you leverage. In other words, the more complex test data becomes, the more skill you need to manage it and the more expensive test data management becomes for the enterprise.
Test Data Management with Compuware eliminates the need for extensive training or knowledge of esoteric procedures, making it easy to find, create, compare, extract, convert, load, edit, protect, age and maintain data. Test Data Management helps lower data management costs and free up developers to focus on mission-critical tasks.
Large enterprises must effectively leverage their high-value mainframe data as veteran mainframe professionals retire—and the responsibility of leveraging that data falls to a new generation of developers and data architects who have little or no expertise in mainframe technologies. This is especially important as today’s hybrid enterprise applications process multiple data types.
Compuware provides a single data editor to replace multiple source-specific tools for browsing and editing data. Additional capabilities include rich visualization of data relationships and data extracts that help to increase application understanding.
The amount of stored data is growing exponentially. With so much data—and with complex applications processing data from many different locations—it is increasingly time-consuming to find data that matches the needs for the tests. To that end, IT will often make multiple, full production copies of test data—upward of tens of millions of records—to use in the testing cycle. And the process is often repeated for each layer of testing.
Excessive data, however, is not only unnecessary, it’s also expensive to manage, protect and ultimately store. Importantly, testing cycles are often longer and results are difficult to assess, because there is so much data to process. The end result is that companies incur significant expenses due to data storage costs as well as CPU consumption that occurs when applications are repeatedly tested.
To shorten test cycles and control costs, Compuware’s Test Data Management solution can extract and load subsets of related production data, while maintaining application and DBMS relationships. This data can also be supplemented with additional test cases, and the test environment can be easily refreshed.
While testing with subsets of data will improve processing times, test cycles will not be successful unless the test data is representative of the data that will ultimately flow through the applications and tests all application logic that has been modified. To maintain integrity, these subsets must also maintain relationships from multiple data sources. Poor test data coverage results in insufficient testing of application logic, wasted testing cycles, and performance and stability issues among other potentially costly problems.
Test Data Management capabilities ensure all test conditions are met by selecting the precise application test data you need. And, test data can be customized for a particular application and/or specific conditions.
Current and emerging data protection regulations like the GDPR are becoming more austere in how they require companies to protect personal data. Without a reliable, modern test data management solution, your organization could be more vulnerable to data misuse, data theft and the consequential financial penalties for allowing those activities to occur.
To help teams improve these areas, Compuware’s Test Data Management solution provides a wide range of unique capabilities for ensuring test data is managed easily with efficiency across platforms while raising data privacy standards.
Compuware’s Test Data Management solution helps you improve data privacy by cutting out the need to continuously pull test data from “live” databases—a dangerous practice that requires additional time to run the test due to file sizes as well as uses costly and/or scarce CPU. Instead, Test Data Management makes it easy to leverage reliable, realistic yet anonymized test data before launching new or enhanced applications into production.
 Cindy LaChapelle, “The Cost of Data Storage and Management: Where Is It Headed in 2016?” The Datacenter Journal, March 10, 2016, http://www.datacenterjournal.com/cost-data-storage-management-headed-2016/