Test Data Management Tool Comparison
Test Data Solutions ComparisonGenRocket offers a test data generation solution for software testing service providers who are dissatisfied with TDM and homegrown test data solutions. GenRocket quickly delivers model-based test data for enterprise applications in just about any desired structure and format and at a much lower operating cost.
|Homegrown Test Data Solutions||Test Data Management Solutions||GenRocket|
|Flexibility of Test Data|
|Types of Test Data The flexibility of test data that can be built to match the needs of your tests|| || || |
|Test Data Output The variety of test data outputs|| || || |
|Test Data for new functionality The ability to support new data models and applications||Not available if pulling from released production data.||Not available – TDM usually pulls from released production data…||Available whenever test data is needed.|
|Speed of Provisioning|
|Test Data Provisioning Methods How testers get access to test data.||Centralized. Testers have to wait for test data sets to be provisioned.||Centralized. Testers have to wait for the TDM manager to procure and deliver test data sets.||Decentralized. Testers can generate the test data they need on demand. No waiting.|
|Test Data Modification Methods How testers modify data to meet their test requirements.||Manual. Testers often have to modify test data sets to meet their specific testing needs.||Manual. Testers often have to modify test data sets to meet their specific testing needs.||Automated. Testers generate exactly what they want when they want it.|
|License Cost Cost of solution.||Cost of developing and maintaining a home-grown solution. Cost of upgrading and not being able to test fully due to missing functionality.||~$25,000/user||$1,500/user/year|
|Resource Cost + Training Cost Cost of solution.||Dedicated resource. Significant cost when resource is not available or leaves company.||Dedicated resource. Specialized training – up to 10 days. Significant cost when resource is not available or leaves company.||Non-dedicated resources – any tester can generate test data. Self-serve training / less complex solution to learn.|
Homegrown Test Data SolutionsHomegrown test data solutions start out with good intentions – there is a need and it can be addressed quickly, easily and at a low cost – at least that is the thinking. But then the reality kicks in – the system lacks necessary functionality as Continuous Testing requires much faster delivery of test data and also better test data is required than the system can produce. So what do you do – keep investing and growing and maintaining a complex software application or do you switch to a solution like GenRocket that has much more power, flexibility while also being low cost?
Test Data Management (TDM)Test Data Management solutions were the industry standard up until now. While they are valid test data solution they are very expensive and experience from the market shows that testers can wait days or even weeks to get test data sets for their tests. And because TDM prunes test data from production there is a limit to what can be generated so there are many times when testers have to manually modify test data to fully match their testing needs. TDM is too slow and expensive to keep up with today’s need for Continuous Testing when solutions like GenRocket are available.
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