What Is Test Data Management in Software Testing?

What is test data management in software testing?

Testers have quite a lot of responsibilities. Often, when a tester thinks that they’ve covered all the test case scenarios, a regression defect appears. Usually, it appears at a late testing phase or when some new code changes are pushed in the application—the worst case being when the tester from the client side catches these defects in the production environment. Problems like this arise when a proper test data management (TDM) strategy isn’t in place. Managing data is, in fact, the hardest part of the software development life cycle (SDLC).

In this post, we’re going to learn about TDM in detail. We’ll get to know what test data and test data management are. Also, we’ll check out why TDM is important and the challenges that come along with it. Let’s dive into the details.

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What Is Data Management and Why Is It Important?

Digitalization is happening at an even faster pace these days. This means there’s more data than ever before. Organizations can capture all this data to optimize their businesses. In theory, every business can capture data. For example, a hospital captures data about its patients and their diseases, treatments, and much more. A pharmacy can collect sales data and customer data. Any type of data collection is possible!

If your organization doesn’t manage data properly, then the collected data will be scattered and hard to analyze. These problems can be especially tricky if you’re trying to DevOps your data.

To prevent disorganized, inaccurate data, it’s important to learn about data management and its importance. We’ll also discuss common data problems and how to solve them.

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What Is Test Data Management Strategy? A Complete Explanation

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As systems become more isolated and autonomous, teams diverge from having shared, centrally managed test data. Legacy test data, which many teams use, can cause problems when it changes without team members’ knowledge. You may get lots of advantages using these more independent systems, but you now have to deal with the pain when your older test data management strategy doesn’t hold up. You need a new way to manage our test data and to make your problems visible.

In this post, you’ll learn how to strategize to conquer test data, just as a general strategizes to conquer a territory. You’ll find out the key elements to a test data management strategy, including what tools to use and how to measure success. We’ll also cover some tactics you can apply to ensure a  strong strategy. Consider this an Art of War for test data management.

I hope this post gives you the confidence to implement your own strategy successfully. Let’s get started!

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