Test data management (TDM) has always been a critical part of application development and the testing life cycle, but enterprise architecture professionals typically have not taken it seriously enough. Without a formal and comprehensive TDM platform, enterprise applications risk failing in production, which leads to unhappy customers, a negative impact on business operations and revenue loss. TDM ensures that the right data is available at the right time to developers, testers and administrators involved in the application development and testing life cycle. TDM is not just about moving data from production to test; it comprises a complete data management function for testing and developing business applications.
Key Takeaways in this Enterprise Test Data Management Vendor Landscape include:
- New Trends Make An Impact on TDM: Enterprise architects should be aware of key trends that are likely to affect TDM strategy, such as big data, DevOps, Agile development, new compliance mandates and cloud. Fine-tune your TDM strategy to deliver business value and competitive edge.
- Manage the Test Data Life Cycle Holistically: Architects need to manage the complete test and-development cycle for test data. Beyond just provisioning and refreshing, they must ensure its security and governance. Look at subsetting, masking, cloning, data definition, refreshing, provisioning and synthetic data creation as part of your test data life cycle.
- The TDM Vendor Landscape Consists of New And Traditional Vendors: Vendors like Actifio, Delphix, Informatica, Oracle and Solix Technologies have raised the stakes, aiming to take share and grow the market and coming to it from a data management provisioning angle. Meanwhile, vendors like CA Technologies, Compuware, Tricentis and, to some extent, IBM are offering TDM as part of an integrated continuous testing strategy.