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The Pros and Cons of Test Data Synthetics (or Data Fabrication)

22 October, 2020 by Louay Hazami Data privacy is one of the most pressing issues in the new digital era. Data holds so much value for normal internet users and for all types of companies that are looking to capitalize on this new resource. To keep data anonymous and...

Supporting Privacy Regulations in Non-Production

18 SEPTEMBER 2020 by Arnab Chowdhury Every aspect of our daily lives involves the usage of data. Be it our social media, banking account, or even while using an e-commerce site, we use data everywhere. This data may range from our names and contact information to our...

What Makes a Good Enterprise Release Manager?

09 SEPTEMBER, 2020 by Michiel Mulders Do you want your company to scale efficiently? Look for an enterprise release manager (ERM). An ERM protects and manages the movements of releases in multiple environments. This includes build, test, and production environments....

What Is Data Masking and How Do We Do It?

04 AUGUST, 2020 by Michiel Mulders According to the 2019 IBM Data Breach report, the average data breach in 2019 cost 3.92 million USD. Businesses in certain industries, such as healthcare, suffer more substantial losses—6.45 million USD on average. As the amount of...

What is and why have a Release Calendar?

13 JULY, 2020 by Eric Boersma Every project manager in the world shares a similar stress. They’re working on something important, and a key stakeholder sticks their head around the corner. They ask a small, innocent question. “When are we going to release that...

What is and why have a Test Environment Booking Form?

01 JULY, 2020 by Diego Gavilanes Ever since the dawn of time, test environments have been left for the end, which is a headache for the testing team. They might be ready to start testing but can’t because there’s no test environment. And often, the department in...

Data Literacy and GDPR (Know Your Risk)

29 JUNE, 2020 by Carlos Schults In today’s post, we’ll discuss data literacy and its relevance in the context of GDPR. We start by defining data literacy and giving a brief overview of GDPR. Then we proceed to explain some of the challenges organizations might face...

Top 10 Cloud Optimization Tricks

23 June, 2020 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury In this digital era, online businesses have become mainstream. Consequently, online commerce has flourished—and led to loads and loads of data! Businesses need to build data centers to store information. Not only that, but if you...

SRE vs Disaster Recovery (Friends or Foe)

08 JUNE, 2020 by Eric Boersma Every company needs a disaster recovery plan. This is just a simple fact of life. Your company needs to know how to recover when something breaks or you can’t get access to something you need. In larger, more advanced tech companies,...

Zombie (Ghost) Assets and How to Stop Them

25 May, 2020 by Daniel Longest Zombie and ghost assets sound exciting, like a late-night movie you’d watch around Halloween. While in reality they may not be that exciting, they’re scary if you don’t understand and prevent them. The good news is the steps you need to...

Environment Resilience – Hiring an SRE Team

05 May, 2020 by Eric Boersma Taking on Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is not an easy task. It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from. Some organizations have done a little DevOps and are trying to break into SRE. Others haven’t even taken that step, and figure...

Test Environment Management for Dummies

We often get asked by people “What is TEM (Test Environment Management), well for those of you looking for a quick overview of Test Environment Management, here is Use Case we developed as a way…

DevOps versus SRE – Friend or Foe

19 MARCH, 2020 by Michiel Mulders SRE vs DevOps: Friends or Foes? Nowadays, there’s a lack of clarity about the difference between site reliability engineering (SRE) and development and operations (DevOps). There’s definitely an overlap between the roles, even though...

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Top 10 Best Practice

06 MARCH, 2020 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury Top 10 SRE Practices Do you know what the key to a successful website is? Well, you’re probably going to say that it’s quality coding. However, today, there’s one more aspect that we should consider. That’s reliability. There are...

What Is Data Literacy? (aka Know Your Data)

20 FEBRUARY, 2020 by Arnab Row Chowdhury   Technically, the world today has advanced to a level we never could’ve imagined a few years ago. What do you think made it possible? We now understand complexities. And how do you think that became possible? Literacy! Since...

What Is SRE (Site Reliability Engineering)?

14 FEBRUARY, 2020 by Michiel Mulders A site reliability engineer loves optimizing inefficient processes but also needs coding skills. He or she must have a deep understanding of the software to optimize processes. Therefore, we can say an SRE contributes directly to...

Data Compliance: What It Is and Why You Should Care

07 February, 2020 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury Do you remember what Uncle Ben said to young Peter Parker? “With great power comes great responsibility.” The same applies to companies. At present, businesses hold a huge amount of data—not only the data of a company but also...

The History of SRE

17 JANUARY, 2020 by Sylvia Fronczak Site reliability engineering (SRE) uses techniques and approaches from software engineering to tackle reliability problems with a team’s operations and a site’s infrastructure. Knowing the history of SRE and understanding which...

Securing Data by Masking

25 JANUARY, 2020 by Michiel Mulders With the cost of data breaches increasing every year, there’s a huge need for higher security standards. According to IBM’s 2019 security report, the average total cost of a data breach has risen to $3.92 million per breach. It’s no...

Top Test Data Challenges

08 DECEMBER, 2019 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury In the last few years, people have started to rely less on manual work and more on automation. Internet banking and online shopping portals are some examples of this growing trend of digitalization. Instead of going to the bank...

Release Management Explained in Depth

12 DECEMBER, 2019 by Carlos Schults The software development process today is very different from what it used to be 15, 20, or even more years ago. One of the most dramatic of such differences is undoubtedly the number and frequency of releases. Agile practices have...

Your Essential Test Environment Management Checklist

26 November, 2019 by Carlos Schults Your Essential TEM Checklist   “Test Environment Management Checklist.” Yep, that sounds like a mouthful, but don’t let that discourage you. The idea here is quite simple—adopting a checklist to evaluate the soundness of your test...

Why Is Test Data Management So Important?

18 NOVEMBER, 2019 by Carlos Schults Test data management is vital for achieving a healthy test automation strategy, yet many professionals are still not familiar with the term. They don’t know what the concept means, nor why it’s so important. But why would that be a...

Incorporating Test Data / Data Compliance in DevOps

03 NOVEMBER, 2019 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury DevOps, a word that combines “development” and “operations,” is a business process that shortens the time taken to gather customer feedback. Besides, it also enables progressive software delivery and helps clients grab market...

Are You TEM Savvy?

30 OCTOBER, 2019 by Erik Dietrich Measuring TEM Capability in Your Enterprise Once upon a time, testing your software was easy. Or, at least, relatively speaking, it was. Your team would write some code, tag an unreleased version of the software, build it, and hand it...

Software Security Anti-Patterns

22 OCTOBER, 2019 by Eric Boersma If you're like a lot of developers, you might not think much about software security. Sure, you hash your users' passwords before they're stored in your database. You don't return sensitive information in error messages. Each time you...

How Data Breaches Happen?

08 OCTOBER, 2019 by Michiel Mulders Preamble You’ve probably seen some recent articles asserting that the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil—it’s data. New internet titans like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft look unstoppable. In fact,...

DevOps and TEM Go Hand in Glove

25 SEPTEMBER, 2019 by Mark Henke DevOps is overall a healthy practice for most development teams, but it doesn’t come for free. Enterprises are eager to adopt the practice but their tools often lag behind DevOps practices. This is a bit like walking out into the...

Data Security (Scale and Bees)

25 AUGUST, 2019 by Jane Temov Data security, The problem is scale & a lack of bees One of the biggest challenges of securing one’s enterprise data is the sheer volume. Think about it. Hundred (perhaps Thousands) of Applications, Thousands (perhaps Tens of Thousands)...

The Test Environment Management Plan Template

13 AUGUST, 2019 by Jane Temov So, you’ve been asked to write a “Test Environment Management Plan”? Or perhaps you just want to write a plan to baseline your current non-production processes, outline future test environment strategy and/or educate those around you. *...

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