Tricentis, the leader in Continuous Testing, announced the acquisition of Q-up: a test data management (TDM) platform architected to provide secure, reliable, and compliant test data on-demand. With a business-friendly, self-service interface and a lightweight provisioning agent, test data access is reduced from weeks to seconds.
With GDPR now in effect, the business risk associated with using production data for software testing has become prohibitive. Organizations are suddenly realizing that TDM must become a critical component of a complete data privacy and security policy.
“For years, companies have been obtaining test data by extracting data from production environments,” explained Q-up Managing Director Andreas Günther. “GDPR will finally put an end to this approach by requiring extracted production data to be masked deterministically and irreversibly. This may be a blessing in disguise, because simply extracting data from production does not deliver data that’s optimized for the purpose of testing. Since organizations are already being forced to re-examine their TDM processes, now’s the perfect time to bring their overall TDM strategy in line with the demands of modern delivery processes.”
“To ensure that these new requirements don’t impede software delivery speed, we’re expanding our solution with fast, intuitive ways for testers to add GDPR-compliant test data to their tests—either through extraction and masking or synthetic test generation,” added Wolfgang Platz, Tricentis Founder and Chief Strategy Officer. “We’ve long recognized that TDM is a linchpin for Continuous Testing. Now, we’re expanding the Tricentis Continuous Testing Platform with a unique and innovative approach to providing secure test data.”
Tricentis’ enhanced TDM capabilities give users multiple options for the design, generation, and management of test data. This allows users to select the best strategy for their architecture, development phase, and/or release cadence. For example, users might want to start by rapidly configuring “smoke tests” that closely mirror production data, then later use synthetic test data generation to increase test coverage and complete negative testing prior to delivery.
This announcement coincides with the SAP SAPPHIRE NOW conference, where Tricentis is showcasing how these new TDM capabilities advance SAP test automation. As organizations adopt modern SAP platforms such as SAP S/4HANA to enable digital transformation, testing must also be modernized. This transition to Continuous Testing requires a new and more strategic approach to TDM. Testers need rapid access to test data across a broad array of SAP solutions and integrated systems, while management needs confidence that test data is always used, stored, or processed as outlined in their organization’s data security and privacy policies.
In addition to the upcoming TDM talks at SAP SAPPHIRE, Tricentis is also hosting a webinar to introduce the testing community to the test data management capabilities. This webinar is scheduled for June 14.