Tag: QA

Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments

There is no more effective way to reduce your overall test environment spend than to migrate to cloud test environments and embrace 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 […]

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

What’s in an Environment? How much do they 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