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Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments

There is no way that’s more effective at reducing your overall test environment spend than migrating to cloud test environments and embracing testing and infrastructure automation. The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle […]

February 28th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Metrics and KPIs for Test Environment Stability

If your testing environments are constantly unavailable and affected by outages, your release timelines will be affected. You can use Plutora to measure stability events for specific environments, so you can pinpoint and plan around events that will affect your critical path to release. How often is an environment unavailable due to factors within your project’s […]

February 26th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Control Costs: Measure Test Environment Effort

How many people does it take to set up and tear down a test environment? If you ask this question and measure the effort required you might be surprised by the result. While organizations often focus on the hardware budget for test environments, the largest cost associated with test environment management is almost always the […]

February 19th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Control Costs: Scale Down Test Environments

You’d be surprised how often organizations insist on running a carbon-copy of a production network for a rarely-used staging environment; this is unnecessary. You don’t need a million-dollar staging environment sitting next to your production environment. You should control your test environment costs. If you are searching for strategies to reduce the cost of your […]

February 14th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

How Much should a Cloud-based Test Environment Cost?

How much should you be spending on your test environments? How much is too much? How much should test environment cost? In this post, we outline a simplified model of a generic application running in the cloud. Using Amazon Web Services (AWS) on-demand prices we calculate some price points and explore the cost of QA […]

December 14th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

How much do the environments cost?

When I talk to people about environment management I’m surprised by the number of people who don’t understand how much they cost.  In a large organization it isn’t immediately obvious just how much a particular environment costs.  It isn’t like people announce how much a VM costs every time someone spins one up to support […]

October 31st, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Reclaiming Underutilized Environments

What is an Environment? When we discuss Environment Management, we’re not thinking about simple systems.  An environment isn’t just a web server and a database.  Instead, we’re thinking about complex systems with a lot of moving parts.  For example, a large e-commerce website that generates billions in revenue may have several different environments: one for […]

October 26th, 2016  |  Published in Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

An Environment for Every Developer?

This trend is showing up in the enterprise and it’s starting to cause friction for TEM managers who might not yet appreciate what’s driving this transition. If you’ve run a report on environments and noticed that one or two teams has hundreds of QA environments this is a signal that you have a team that is trying to transition to cloud-based development.

July 15th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

How to Clean Up Polluted Test Environments in 9 Steps

Take thousands of developers, distribute them over several departments, and split them up into small teams of 10-20. Now take these 20-50 development groups and ask them to create a distributed, service-oriented architecture. Without a solid approach to test environment management your organization will end up with a real “mess” of testing environments. Test environments […]

June 3rd, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

What is Test Environment Conflict?

In an environment where infrastructure is shared across several development teams test environment conflict happens when more than one project needs to use test environment resources at the same time. It can also occur when competing release trains of the same project have overlapping test environment requirements. Test environment conflict is a common cause of […]

May 16th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

How to Prepare for Test Environment Emergencies

Environment “shortages” always start with a test environment emergency – some unforeseen need for a new environment. Maybe a high-profile project has both an urgent production bug to fix and an unrealistic deadline to meet at the same time. This project’s QA and staging environments can’t be disturbed to fix production without ruining a schedule […]

May 10th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Testing Against Production? Blame Your Data

Managing databases and newer, more exotic NoSQL stores is an emerging challenge in an industry under constant pressure to move faster. While the industry has perfected the art of cloud-based provisioning and configuration of application servers, databases continue to be a pain point for environment managers. There are a few factors at play. Most large […]

April 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

What is Test Environment Pollution?

Test environment pollution and test environment churn are two of the biggest factors contributing to delay and inefficiency in test environment management. Test environment churn is a measure of how quickly test environments are changing and the stability of your test environments. Test environment pollution is a measure of how active, up-to-date, and relevant your […]

April 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

What is Test Environment Churn?

Test Environment Churn and Test Environment Pollution are two things that happen when you have environment managers creating hundreds of environments to support hundreds of projects across several departments. In this post I’m going to focus on Test Environment Churn: what is it? And, what does it represent in the context of Test Environment Management. […]

January 4th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Launching our Test Environment Manager Solution

When we founded Plutora, we sought to provide a simple and transparent way for organizations to manage their releases and reduce delay. Our customers have told us that delays in the environment management process are costly and time consuming, ultimately delaying time-to-market for their software releases. That’s why today, we’re excited to announce the release […]

October 17th, 2013  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Managing Test Environments

Test Environments (also called QA or Pre-Production Environments) are a vital cog in delivering fully tested code and instilling confidence there will be a successful project or release. Any weakness with the robustness of the test phase will likely have cost implications for the business further down the track so it is important your test […]

September 12th, 2013  |  Published in Deployment Management, Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

Plutora Test Environment Management Update June 2013

It is an exciting time at Plutora! As environment issues in non-production environments can cause up to 40% of lost time on IT projects, our focus over the last month has continued to be on linking Test Environment Management Capability with Release Management Capability. Here’s what’s new with Plutora this month: •    Release Manager […]

June 5th, 2013  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Incremental Test Environment Management Process Improvements

This post highlights the importance of an efficient and reliable Test Environment Management process in supporting application releases/project delivery. We begin with the introduction of test environments and the problems that companies are facing due to poorly implemented and executed test environment management practices. Finally, we suggest itSMF ITIL V3 compliant best practices for improving […]

May 22nd, 2013  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Test Environment Management

Test Environment Management can mean many things to different people who are involved in either software delivery or IT Operations. In this post I wanted to touch on what it means in the context of “planning releases”. It’s probably good for me to point out as well that if you’re a small internet company or […]

February 10th, 2013  |  Published in Test Environment Management