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What is Test Data Management?

Test Data Management (TDM) refers to the supervision and administration of enterprise architectures, methods and policies to successfully manage the value of the data and information lifecycle in-house or from outside vendor sources.

Test Data Management is important to IT Central Station users who are tasked with managing data across an entire organization. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are put in place in order for Test Data Management to be consistent with guidelines and procedures developed for the daily functioning of a company. IT managers and DevOps are looking for robust test automation that is flexible, dynamic and able to be efficiently deployed. In order to adhere to company directives, IT managers and DevOps use various key software on-premises, in the cloud, the hybrid cloud and across mobile devices. Test Data Management should deliver data security and copying speed, and increase virtual and automation efficiency. The strategy for developing and facilitating TDM implementation should address variables of data verification, data confidentiality, disk space and prolonged test duration.

IT managers and DevOps align with critical data compliance and confidentiality. Because integrated, sensitive data, business classification and policy-driven data masking are integral to security, IT Central Station users look for a safe and secure environment in which to test data and prefer that Test Data Management ensures that each test begins with a consistent data state, important in maintaining predictable data at the end of testing. Overseeing visible test results and the effects on a database is vital and would be almost impossible to achieve manually. IT and DevOps need to effectively monitor data in order to serve Enterprise needs and outcomes, therefore Test Data Management deployment is the best solution for maintaining protocol and serving the professionals involved.


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Real User
Senior Specialist at Cox Automotive

What is most valuable?

A lot of people, when they first started looking at the tool, started immediately jumping in and looking at the data masking, the data subsetting that it can do, and it works fantastically to help with the compliance issues for masking their... more»

How has it helped my organization?

When I look at the return on investment, there are not only huge financial gains on it. In fact, when I recently ran the numbers, we had about $1.1 million in savings on just the financials from 2016 alone. What it came down to is, when we... more»

What needs improvement?

It's cool that right now with this tool, they're doing a lot of things to continuously improve it. I think Test Data Management as a strategy across the whole organization, has really picked up a lot of momentum, and CA’s been intelligent to... more»
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Project Manager at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What do you think of Tricentis Tosca?

Overall, it is quite a different experience in using it. It does not contain any code, and builds from the requirements as a model of what the actual application will contain. The catch being that initially you do not need to define your test cases from the application end and things might not even be in sequence of what the actual final application would look like. I have an analogy for this – a human body is composed of head, body, hands and legs. Each one has its own “attributes”, which in turn have “instances”. This is what is called the ‘Model-based approach’. Each hand will have attributes such as fingers, nails, elbow, fore-hand, wrist, etc. Then, all these attributes will have instances – long fingers, short fingers, thick fingers, etc. Now to build a body, you need to...
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Senior Test Data Management Specialist at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

TDM has tons of great solutions involved in one package. For me personally, what I find to be most valuable is its ability to do synthetic data creation. I love that because it has a lot of flexibility and you do not have to worry about one... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits of doing something like the data creation is that you are going to be able to totally have control of your data from the get-go. You are not worrying about "what you see is what you get" kind of results from a production set.... more»

What needs improvement?

As the solution continues to evolve, the one thing I like about it is the API-friendly layers that they have added into the realm. So, I just would like to see more support around that and more usability. If we can continue expand upon that,... more»
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Practice Manager (Testing Services) at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

You've got the basic services of the TDM tool which allows you to mask data, it allows you to create synthetic data, but I think what really sets TDM apart from the other competitors, is the kind of the added extras that you get with doing... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've got a centralized COE in terms of test data management within our organization, benefits that are really three fold in terms of cost, quality and time to market. In terms of the quality we through test data management where, data is... more»

What needs improvement?

I think the kind of the big area for exploitation for us is already a feature that already exists within the tool. The TCO element is something massive, I talked earlier on about the kind of the maturity and the structure that it gives you to... more»
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IT Leader in Global Technology, Corporate Systems at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

We use these functions: * Archive – archive data to PST files, we do not archive data to the archive DBMS * Data privacy – masking of PII and PHI data * Submitter – test data management This product archives all types of relational databases.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Archive Moving data that is no longer needed in daily processing on to archive files, resulting in: * Faster query performance. * Shorter batch execution trails. * Stops/slows the growth of disk spaces. We don’t have to constantly add... more»

What needs improvement?

IBM treats non-production deploys with a lower priority to resolve problems. When we archive, we select a similar-sized non-production environment first, before we archive production. We need the volume to determine how big to make the... more»
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CA Technologies
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Sr Test Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

There are a lot of great features with Test Data Manager. It's allowed us to really revolutionize the way that we are doing our testing. We use Test Data Manager to create synthetic data for our testing purposes. We have a legacy application that has been around for a very long time, and a lot of the people that originally developed it are no longer with the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's really allowed us to focus on the craft of testing, and not focus on the creating data, spending time setting up the scenario that we need, or trying to find that sort of thing. It's allowed us to be more focused on our efforts, it's allowed us to be faster. We run an agile shop, and so we've been able to use that data in our pipeline as we deliver stuff in... more»
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Quality Assurance at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features to us is synthetic data generation. We generate a lot of synthetic data for our performance testing and bulging up our performance environment to see how much load they can sustain. We've been doing it for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has really changed the culture in the company because nobody could ever imagine generating millions of records. Even production systems have just a couple of million records. When you want to test your applications with three or four times... more»

What needs improvement?

The solution can really improve on non-relational data structures because that's a big industry use case which we are foreseeing, with non-relational database structures. I talk about databases. I talk about request-response pairs; the... more»
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Client Partner at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The most important feature I see is how to have a centralized view of the test data; how efficiently you can use the test data across different business units, starting from generating the data that you need to use, to how to use it,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Now, though, my company is going through a process to be more agile, which is basically the theme of a recent CA conference I attended. While we are trying to go through the agile journey, there are some building blocks that need to be in... more»

What needs improvement?

I think one thing we would like to see is how quickly it can be used like a SaaS product. You can just plug in incoming data that we have from different sources; how quickly that can be integrated and how the test data can be generated. That... more»
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Solutions Architect at American Express
Dec 31 2017

What is most valuable?

* I am able to maintain metadata information based off of the structures and * I am able to generate and manage synthetic data from those.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to create a testing environment that is repeatable. And we can manage the data so that our testing becomes automated, everything from actually performing the testing to also evaluating the results. We can automate that process.... more»

What needs improvement?

The interface based, on our unique test case - because we are extremely unique platform - could be better. We have to do multiple steps just to create a single output. We understand that, because we are a niche architecture, it's not high on... more»
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Project Manager at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

- Great User Interface and ease of checking all your artifacts of Testing. - Makes optimal use of Model-based Test practice in getting Object-references from the application. - Script-less, so less maintenance headache for non-technical users... more»

How has it helped my organization?

- Brought a good environment of test automation - Allowed a significant increase in Continuous Integration

What needs improvement?

- Upgrades to the newer version, if extra Add-ins are installed sometimes causes weird issues. - Needs a UI to be open and present when running the tests. Cannot visit the DOM like in Selenium. - Needs a UI to visualize the test case... more»
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AVP Quality Assurance at GM Financial

What is most valuable?

Test Data Manager allows you to do synthetic data generation. It gives you a high level of confidence in your data that you're creating. It also keeps you out of the SOX arena, because there's no production data within that environment. The... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have certain aspects of our data that we have to self-generate. The VIN number is one that we have to generate and we have to be able to generate on the fly. TDM allows us to generate that VIN number based upon whether it's a truck, car,... more»

What needs improvement?

I would probably like to see improvement in the ease of the rule use. I think sometimes it gets a little cumbersome setting up some of the rules. I'd like to be able to see a rule inside of a rule inside of a rule; kind of an iterative process.
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Project Manager at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 27 2017

What do you think of Tricentis Tosca?

a) It is a good tool for use by Business b) It requires an initial framework / artifacts to be built by a person who is technical and can understand testing an application in-depth. i) He has to be a person who can create the modules and also do some technical coding using VB and/or Java & C# ii) He has to have a background of working with Excel and Math functions, so that he can create the relevant queries and use the in-built TQL language to create the required reports and search + merge duplicates. c) Good use in Agile workshops, where the person needs to conceptualize the tests before the developer provides the complete application interface. i) Has an integrated Requirements module, which integrates and creates a good report tool for senior management to use and...
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CA Technologies
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QA Director at Sogeti UK
Jan 07 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Portal that comes with the tool. That helps make it look much more user-friendly for the users. Also its ease of use - even for developers it's not that complicated. It gives us the ability to * mask the data * sub-set the data * synthetically generate test data * create test data for specific business case scenarios and more.

What needs improvement?

* Addition of more data sources. * Make the Portal a little more user-friendly, make it even easier to configure things directly from the Portal.
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Systems Architect at Global Bank Corporation
Jan 14 2018

What do you think of CA Test Data Manager?

Primary Use Case We are having a serious trouble delivering and providing development environments and test environments for the diversifications that we use at the bank. What we are trying to do is use the time for that delivery, and that is why we are exploring using CA tools for networks. We already have the Server Virtualization tool, and now we are entering into the test of the management phase of tables. • Improvements to My Organization We realized before what we are looking for. Now, we are trying to get everybody to work with the DevOps mindset. That is the main advantage and benefit that we are seeing here. • Valuable Features They are able to provide some technical data, then provide that data to multiple teams for testing purposes. That is the most value for us....
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Real User
Senior at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jun 28 2017

What is most valuable?

Below are the features that are the most valuable in regards to this product: * With one click, it will scan all the elements on the screen, so that the user can select the required elements for automation tests. * Exploratory testing gives... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization is satisfied with this product on the technical side of it, but our organization was looking for the reporting part of this product since they undergo an auditing process for each year. The reports should be improved for the... more»

What needs improvement?

They need to improve on the reports after the execution of automation tests, since all the current organizations are looking for detailed graphical reports. My previous company uses an application which will create a purchase order for their... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Lead Test Data Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 01 2018

What is most valuable?

The masking of data has really been key for us to be able to replace PII with fake values. To be able to model the data, then subset it based upon a set of drivers that I use.

How has it helped my organization?

We are still in our DevOps build out phase. However, it will allow us to have quicker releases, more frequent with smaller content, as well as speed up our testing.

What needs improvement?

They are currently working on a lot of things that we have requested to simplify: the UI and to make it more consistent; a better fit and finish. Get everything centralized into the portal.
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Senior Informatica Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The product provides four main features: Data discovery to profile data and mask sensitive data. Data subsetting to take a subset of production data from all schema tables while preserving referential integrity. Data masking to create masking... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I did the implementation for many clients. It is mostly used to mask production data and get values that are realistic but not real. With this, they create development and testing environments with data that looks like it’s real. Developers... more»

What needs improvement?

Data discovery and the built in policy packs are very simple; they need stronger ones.
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Senior Automation Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jul 02 2017

What is most valuable?

Tosca is a model based component tool and also quite flexible in terms of the customization required for most of the applications, if objects are not recognized. It allows manual testers to pick up automation, because it is a scriptless tool.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are only using Tosca for our test automation. It helps the business testers to get involved and be a part of automation. It helps us define the right coverage by defining the scope in the test case design section. This tool has test data... more»

What needs improvement?

* Objects re-scanning (recognizing the objects again) * Providing features to highlight the objects * The user guide/help document needs to be improved for better understanding of the tool and its features. * ScratchBook execution needs to be... more»
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Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Domain Manager at KeyBank National Association
Feb 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Currently the data mining, complex data mining, that we do out there. Any sort of financial institution runs along the same challenges that we face in that referential integrity across all databases, and finding that one unique customer piece... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is that it removes manual intervention. A lot of the time that we've spent previously was always manually, as an individual running SQL scripts against databases, or manually going through a UI to create data. These solutions... more»

What needs improvement?

I think the biggest one will be - all financial institutions are based on mainframes, so they're never going to go away. Opportunities to increase functionality and efficiencies within the mainframe solution, within this TDM product.... more»
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Real User
Test Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 03 2017

What is most valuable?

Image recognition: It has allowed us to automate a GUI section of our product which involves drawing different topologies. I’m aware that other tools have this feature, but the whole test suite, it makes it good enough for us not to look for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

No, not in global organization; we are the only ones who are using it in our location (Austria), but in our team, it changed the testing workflow: Every second week we release a candidate, and from two weeks of hard manual testing, we are... more»

What needs improvement?

Running the regression – if multiple lists are executed at once or if a list contains 200+ tests, it’s a pain to stop the execution.
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