Manage your Test Data for Effective Test Automation

ray_parker01 profile image Ray Parker Updated on ・2 min read

Is it time for DevOps already? Well, yeah if your business is moving to DevOps from the traditional environment, then it is important to make a strategy to meet all the challenges for effective test automation. One of the biggest challenges is to have access to stable test data. Due to faster feedback required in the DevOps, there are severe consequences due to the lack of good test data. Most of the organizations are struggling with automation, but failing to achieve their purpose, so they consider DevOps since they cannot manage test data properly. This is true in the case of organizations that are implementing DevOps. It is not possible to be successful in DevOps without effective test automation. And it is not possible to have effective automation without managed test data. This is why test management tools are extremely important for achieving organizational goals and business success.

DevOps - Test Data Challenges

For the successful implementation of DevOps, it is important to have a set of automated tests that confirm that a given build is ready to be pushed from production to release. Test data should be consistent and reliable.

Following are a few test data challenges that come their way when testers are implementing test automation in DevOps:

Tests and their Data Sync:

Tests that expect a different response from what the system under test (SUT) provides, you get frequent false positives and end up with unnecessary test cycles as to why the test actually failed. Thus testers need to ensure that there is proper sync between the tests and their data. Test management tools can be used to manage all test cases at a single place for better results.

Lack of Test Data for Integration Testing:

When there are tests that require data in specific states across multiple systems or integrated systems, testers waste a lot of time in setting up data across systems or avoid testing at all. So it testers should test data for integration testing without spending too much time on repetitive testing.

Strategy to Overcome these Challenges

Once testers have understood all the test data requirements, they need to develop a strategy to manage this data. It is recommended to have a step-by-step process for managing test data since there are so many variables across the systems and technologies. Testers should identify a range of techniques to be applied based on individual requirements. These can be divided into three categories: system/application, test suite and external.


Organizations have started focusing on managing test data only once they started facing issues like unreliable automated test execution. Since there will be alot of test data debt collected, so they focus on managing the tests efficiently to ensure successful test automation in the DevOps. Teams use test management tools to record, prioritize and manage all test data and make the most of their software testing efforts. Organizations step up their test data process ensuring they implement automation testing in the right manner.


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