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Continuous Testing Requires Continuous Data

Software development organizations are being pressed to become more responsive to the needs of the business.  As such, there has been a move afoot for the last dozen years or more that is all about doing more, quicker, and better.  From agile, to DevOps to CI/CD, organizations are striving to deliver high quality code into product faster than ever before.  An implied requirement of this move is Continuous Testing. This goes beyond ‘simple’ test automation to a state where the testing is integrated into the CI/CD pipeline.  What is not always realized, but soon becomes evident, is that in order to get it right, you also need “Continuous Test Data.” 

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Shift Test Data to the Left, Too!

How exactly did you expect shifting testing left to benefit you without shifting the test data left, too? Much has been written about the “shift left” principle, meaning that testing becomes a consideration much earlier in the software delivery process than it had. In traditional approaches, testing and even the planning for testing begins much later in the development process (to the far right). That thinking has been replaced by the move to shift testing to the left. If you need some grounding on the shift left concept; check out some of these great DZone articles: What Is Shift-Left Testing? by Arthur Hicken and How Shift Left Testing Works by Urvashi Babaria. The whole

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Thinking of a TDM? Calculate Your ROI.

The adoption of Agile and DevOps is accelerating as IT teams see them as important approaches for keeping up with the relentless pace of product development and enhancement. To reap the full benefits of this approach, development and QA/testing teams are shifting testing to the left, automating more tests and automating the provisioning of test environments.  While testing has been shifting left, the provisioning of test data has not made the shift. Without an automated solution for generating quality test data, testing teams spend a tremendous amount of time on provisioning test data, test environments are over-sized to accommodate production copies and sensitive data is often used and put at

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Semele Update

We are pleased to announce that the Semele Data Platform has been enhanced to include many new features to improve ease-of-use and capabilities based on client requests, summarized below.  Look for big news about a major new release, coming soon, that will significantly accelerate software development and testing velocity. Release Details: Numerous discovery enhancements to classify fields by category of sensitive information to enable automated obfuscation rules. Discovery rule user interface improvements. Extract improvements to improve speed and performance. Several enhancements were made to the discovery reports for improved usability including: The addition of metadata analysis results. Manual download capabilities from the dashboard. New options for sort order. Inclusion of

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It’s Not all or Nothing. Subset.

Your Testing Environment is Too Big. It is not uncommon for organizations, over time, to get to the point where they have a production environment with multiple business critical applications that are integrated with one another.  It’s also likely that those operational systems feed data into a data warehouse.  As the amount of systems and the level of integration increases, so does the environment complexity.  That complexity is then reflected in various testing environments. The complexity impacts numerous things related to the testing environment. One, in particular, relates to the loading of test data.  Most would acknowledge that other than for load/performance testing purposes, you don’t really need to have your test environment loaded with the same volume

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Talking Data Security with Cathie Brown

Protecting data assets should be part of a comprehensive security and compliance program for any company that creates, maintains and stores sensitive information.  Cathie Brown has deep experience in this space.  She currently is the Vice President of Professional Services at Clearwater Compliance, Inc. the leading provider of cyber risk management and HIPAA compliance solutions for healthcare providers and their partners.  Prior to that, Cathie held a number of senior leadership roles including serving as the Deputy CISO for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as the CISO/VP of Governance, Risk and Compliance at Impact Makers, Inc. Chris Pillay, CEO of Semele Data recently interviewed Cathie about industry trends she is

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