by: Shamim Ahmed
Across regions and industries, virtually every organization is under increasing competitive pressure to accelerate the delivery of new digital services and applications. Now more than ever, it is critical to speed time to market for new applications. At the same time, it is an equally critical imperative to safeguard sensitive data and ensure compliance with data privacy regulations and other regulatory mandates.
As teams look to balance these considerations, test data management (TDM) has emerged as a significant requirement and impediment. Test data is an integral piece of the testing process, and therefore is key to an organization’s ability to deliver quality software. However, many teams are currently confronting serious challenges in managing test data.
In traditional, monolithic application environments, data was largely self-contained within a specific computing domain. However, in today’s cloud and API-driven world, all that changes. Data and services continue to be integrated in an ever-more frequent and complex fashion. Now, these ecosystems encompass technologies and services within an enterprise, as well as a growing network of external cloud providers, third-party development teams, and more.
These modern environments present a range of complications when it comes to TDM. Most critically, in these environments, the potential of having personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive data exposed has increased significantly. Consequently, businesses are vulnerable to the risk of breaches and non-compliance, and, without robust TDM capabilities and processes, these risks are especially pronounced in non-production and test environments. Often, these realities leave teams forced to choose between significantly reducing test data coverage and testing efficacy, or accepting the risk of breaches and compliance failures.
In addition, many teams’ TDM efforts are being plagued by these challenges:
Combined, Broadcom and Cigniti are uniquely positioned to help organizations address their pressing TDM challenges today. Broadcom and Cigniti offer best-of-breed technologies and services, respectively, enabling teams to maximize both efficiency and test data coverage, so they can speed delivery and minimize risk.
Broadcom delivers market-leading TDM technology to support continuous test data management. Broadcom Test Data Manager offers comprehensive environment support. With this one solution, teams can manage testing in legacy environments, including mainframe and SAP applications, as well as modern mobile and microservices environments.
This solution is relied upon by a range of brand-name enterprises around the world, and has been proven to deliver significant results. For example, many customers have seen a 90-95% reduction in the time it takes to provision high quality test data.
Broadcom has been recognized as a Customers’ Choice vendor for 2022 in Data Masking on Gartner® Peer Insights™. This distinction is a recognition of vendors in this market based on feedback and ratings from 39 verified end users of our product as of April 30, 2022. Overall, Broadcom reviewers gave us a 4.4 out of 5, with 88% saying they would recommend our product.1
The team at Cigniti can help clients design and execute a long-term TDM strategy that saves time and accelerates time to market. Cigniti offers an effective TDM framework that follows best practices for data management. Cigniti experts are specialized in the TDM domain. These teams have well-defined topologies, services, and skills that have been proven to foster customer success.
By partnering with Cigniti, one U.S.-based financial services firm was able to shrink test bed creation time by 87% and reduce its test environment’s storage capacity requirements by 80%. In addition, a title lending company in the U.S. was able to both boost test coverage by 60% while reducing overall test lifecycle times by 40%.
For today’s enterprises, the competitive demands to accelerate the delivery of new digital services continues to grow more intense. In the process, the need to optimize TDM processes and capabilities only gets more critical. Broadcom and Cigniti offer the products and services that can help teams meet these demands. To learn more, be sure to review the white paper, “A CIOs Guide to Overcome Challenges of Security, Speed, and Quality with Test Data Management.”
1Gartner, Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Data Masking, By Peer Contributors, 30 June 2022
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