There is a constant and growing concern from Software Companies to develop applications and systems that are of quality. Products that will satisfy the client’s needs. Companies will go the extra mile to meet these demands. That is why they spend large quantities of money into them.
Developers now have to deal with multiple teams working concurrently under tight schedules that are becoming even for stringent. The systems also have to work and communicate with a number of different systems and platforms. These circumstances make it really important to have protocols of quality assurance. Software Testing Environments become really important.
Optimal testing environments improve the efficiency in the testing phases. According to Gartner, the economic cost to fix bugs during the analysis phase is of around 70 USD, comparing this with fixing bugs in production there is a huge difference; 14,000 USD. Software testing environments play a big role mitigating these bugs in production and finding them during earlier phase of the development.
There are two global tendencies that have started to emerge in the software world. These help us better understand how testing environments should be managed.
TEM (Test Environment Management):
This model proposes the creation of a unique centralized administration of testing environments, monitoring, maintaining and solving emerging situations, establishing a sole entity responsible inside the environment.
TDM (Test Data Management)
This model ensures that the testing environment databases contain all that is necessary to deliver good tests, ensuring speed, efficiency and the continuous deployment of the software.