This workshop is an example of implementations ideas shared in the Test Data Management. Delphix is a data virtualization platform and it allow users to quickly start and refresh test or developers databases. During a workshop there will be a presentation of creating new database, refreshing it using GUIs and automation. Also there will be examples of patching database and testing before a production patches.
About Test Data Management: Testing is an important part of every development projects unfortunately there are still projects that are not doing it right.
Based on my experience two of the most common problems are: size of data and data accuracy. If test with production like data sets are performed at the end of time deployment cycle, in the pre production phase, cost and time used for fixing potential bugs will much higher than if same errors were found at the beginning of the deployment cycle. Both problems mentioned above are typically related to an infrastructure and/or organization issues. Modern software and hardware solutions can address typical problems of cloning full data sets and provide an easy and cost effective solution for data cloning. But cloning a production data for testing will create another serious issue with has to be addresses. It’s data confidentiality and potential access to a sensitive data for development and testing teams. This issue has to be addressed with a data masking solution so data can be anonymized before released into non-secure zones.
This presentation want to address a necessity of providing a proper data to developers and testing team in the fast and reliable way. In addition to that integration of data management with a common code control mechanism will be presented.