What is TDM?
Test data is a realistic data set that used as inputs to perform a test. Test Data Management is a process of satisfying the test data by ensuring the data has sufficient quality, correct format and suitable environment at the essential time.
Challenges of Manual Testing
Lack of Data Variety: Test data variety is crucial to perform necessary tests and declare the software is defect-free. Manually adding of test data may not be assure the coverage.
Human Error: Creating test data manually cannot be ensured as error-free because it is very dependent to labour. Labour intense also delays testing activities because of data creation and re-creation processes consume more time.
Data Security Risk: Manually creating tests may cause security problems because the test cases may contain some sensitive data.
Test data management provides companies create more qualified software development that can be considered reliable and more cost-efficient software deployment process. It also decreases the companies’ security risks. TDM assures:
Circumstantial analysis and review of requirements ensure acknowledgment of defects
Virtual data set can be created for new applications or features
Well defined process for data set achieve improvement for testing requirements
Automated process lead to implement different test cases and track the defects easily
Reduced test case designs and test data preparation effort leads to achieve cost saving