Broadcom Test Data Manager Review

Allows us to find the right test data and to get required inputs into our API test

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What is our primary use case?

One thing that we're using Test Data Manager for, is to build data marks so that we can test APIs of our application using users from every company within our application.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are that TDM allows us to find the right test data for the test that we need, and then it also allows us to get the required data inputs into our API test, so that we can do a full test.

What needs improvement?

One of the features that I wanted, which I think is going to be released, is to be able to create virtualized data sets, or virtualized databases. That's a feature we're going to take advantage of. All of our developers will be able to have their own virtual copy of a golden copy of our database, and be able to do transactions against their virtual copy, and then restore back to a known good checkpoint.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution has been very stable for us. We've gone through multiple upgrades of versioning, and each one of them gets progressively better. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is outstanding. We're able to scale it to any size of data that we want. We can do small data sets, we can do large data sets.

How are customer service and technical support?

On many occasions, we have sought CA's technical team to help us solve problems, and they've always been very responsive. A good relationship.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our team made the decision that we were going to get into DevOps and do test automation. As a way of providing our API test adequate data, we knew we needed to have a better solution than manually collecting data from databases. So we brought in Test Data Manager to work in conjunction with our app test.

What other advice do I have?

If I were talking to my peer managers, I would recommend Test Data Manager - and I have, on multiple occasions - because it does allow the developer to have quick access to data that, normally, would take them hours or sometimes days to gather. 

I would say TDM, on a scale of one to 10, is probably in the eight category. It's a very solid solution. I think it can do more for us, and we're always trying to find new ways of using Test Data Manager.

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