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Ask any tester and they will likely tell you that far too often the bane of their job revolves around their test environment. Test environment management, while too often overlooked, is no small matter. It involves guiding and managing the test environment hardware, software, databases, applications, and test data. Tools, procedures, and various other resources are utilized for each area of management from automation tools, best practices procedures, hardware and software resources and of course the actual people. It is a significant undertaking to properly manage test environments, so why should we do it?
Unreliable test environments can greatly increase operational costs at multiple levels, as well as decrease test coverage and lower the overall quality of the end product. Poorly managed environments lead to slowed testing and inconsistent results while inadequate test data management leads to different, but just as problematic, testing issues.
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