New applications are often enablers of new business opportunities. Whether the apps are configured versions of commercial packages or custom-developed by in-house staff, business applications require useful, accurate, and secure test data. Some test data might require masking, where sensitive fields such as social security number, patient name, asset balance, etc. are obscured. Other test data sets might require coordinated snapshots from multiple systems, such as master data management information from a product database, inventory database, customer database, and sales transaction database. Finally, some test data sets might require test data from specific points in time, e.g. from both the week before and the week after a particular sales promotion launched.
In each case, application developers and testers require more than a simple copy of a production database. Without this data, the application is unlikely to reach production.
Providing developers and testers with useful test data in a timely manner can greatly affect the delivery speed and quality of business applications. Today, test data creation is cumbersome and can delay projects by weeks or months.
Delphix creates virtual copies of production databases, quickly, easily, and cost effectively, so that application teams can deliver new apps and updates, sooner.
Working with leading third-party masking products, Delphix can create masked virtual test databases, can automatically refresh copies based on updates to production databases, and can enable developers to create and manage their own databases, synchronized to any point in time. One global financial services organization found that by automating the creation and management of test data, it cut tens of millions of dollars in storage costs and process overhead from a single development project.
Agile Test Data can also cut the time and cost required to upgrade packaged applications, by generating new test data for certification and acceptance testing. In many cases, the infrastructure cost and time to create temporary upgrade databases and to generate appropriate and secure test data can prevent or delay projects. With Delphix, IT can deliver more applications, sooner and with higher quality.