The Extraordinary Costs of Test Data Management
Just as a high-performance engine needs the right fuel, your testing team rely heavily on high-quality test data to ensure success. Unfortunately, test data management is an enormous and time-consuming task for many organizations.
Enterprise landscapes are highly complex and interrelated. To get good data, referential and logical integrity must be preserved, and not all relationships are explicit. That complexity, combined with the fact that there are often multiple, massive data stores with multiple formats, makes extraction an intricate task at best.
Further complicating the process is the passage of time. Your data never sleeps. Values change with operations and with the clock. Rules change with revised requirements and new configurations. Test data that was valid last week—or even earlier today—may be invalid now.
Gathering test data has historically been a manual and labor-intensive task requiring the involvement of many outside resources including IT, security personnel, business analysts and subject matter experts.
Test data management is a recurring task, the costs for which are often hidden. In fact, for many organizations, up to 60% of ongoing testing effort is spent finding and extracting representative test data.
Simplifying Test Data Management
Certify Data™ is an innovative solution designed to automatically identify and extract representative SAP® data so that it can be directly embedded into Worksoft Certify® test processes as the test steps are constructed. Certify Data can then maintain test data in existing tests by performing managed data updates from within Worksoft Certify, drastically reducing recurring data acquisition costs.
Certify Data was developed to be usable by both testing professionals and business users. It is perfect for SAP Business Analysts, Business Experts and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). A simple point-and-click interface allows users to select and manage test data easily.
Simply extract relevant data as you are building a test by rightclicking on one or more desired fields. You can choose to extract one record, a hundred or thousands. You can even pull a large sample and then choose to save a subset based on your desired criteria. Because data is extracted from live systems, you know it is representative and has logical and referential integrity. You can update test data at any time by simply selecting the previously acquired record set and getting new rows of data from the SAP system. This just-in-time method of data extraction ensures fresh data is at your fingertips when you need it. You can even refresh automated test data directly from within the Worksoft Certify interface.
Obtaining valid test data using this simple, repeatable and accurate method reduces time and costs involved with creating and maintaining end-to-end business process tests. By simplifying test data management, you can improve the quality and coverage of your automated testing.
Bottom line, Worksoft provides the confidence and assurance required to deliver new SAP functionality faster and with higher quality—resulting in reduced risk in ongoing SAP operations and a material improvement in business agility.
- Extracts relevant data as you are building a test by simply rightclicking on one or more desired fields.
- Update test data at any time. Simply select the previously acquired record set and get new/more rows of data from the SAP system.
- Data is correlated across fields and screens as long as it comes from the same SAP table.
- Document data version allows extraction of data from completed SAP documents with full correlation across the business process
- Automated test data refresh supported from within Worksoft Certify.
Faster Delivery: Removes the extraordinary recurring burden of manual test data extraction
More Complete: Simplifies the process of creating and maintaining end-to-end business process tests
Improved Business Agility: Faster delivery of functionality for better return on your SAP investment
Lights-Out: Enables business process tests that are self-sufficient and can run in an unattended or “Lights Out” mode