Mosaic’s Data Store for Testing and Automated Regression (DSTAR)
Test Data Management for Cost-Effective Manual and Automated Testing
DSTAR, Mosaic’s Data Store for Testing and Automated Regression, is a central repository for creating, maintaining, and managing your reusable input and expected results test data. DSTAR solves an industry problem ignored by other testing tools — the managed creation, linking and maintenance of the test data needed by your manual and/or automated tests. DSTAR interfaces as an add-on to HP Quality Center or through Mosaic’s Reusable Software Testing and Automation Repository, RSTAR.
DSTAR eliminates premature binding of test data to tests by managing the test data as reusable assets in a database. This enables Full Reuse of all your testing assets: tests, scripts and the test data facilitating:
The cost savings can be substantial.
How do you manage your input and expected results test data now?
While these approaches may reflect current industry practices, they are very inefficient and ignore the significant reuse potential of test data. When test data is created for specific test(s), the result is duplicate, redundant data that is difficult to maintain.
Today’s test automation frameworks claim reuse with data-driven or keyword-driven approaches. Yet these reusable assets are then bound to non-reusable test data killing their reusability.
There is a better way to manage your test data -- DSTAR
Why Test Data Management?
The inability to manage and maintain test data is the main reason automated and manual regression test beds fail. Test data is complex, prone to change and plagued with sensitivity issues. Most testing approaches, including HP Quality Center (QC), bind data to the tests too early. This limits reusability and significantly increases the costs to maintain and manage the test data. DSTAR tackles these issues by decoupling the data from the tests and by managing the data in a database environment where it can be readily managed and controlled.
DSTAR interfaces with a wide variety of tools. Our QC version interfaces as an add-on to HP Quality Center. Other tool interfaces are available through Mosaic’s Reusable Software Testing and Automation Repository (RSTAR) or simply through our DLLs. By managing the test data as reusable assets in a database and delaying binding to tests until execution, DSTAR enables the reusability of your manual and automated tests and allows these assets to be shared and easily maintained.
DSTAR supports data import, maintenance and assignment manually or through API’s. It also includes an integrated test automation framework and management reporting. The automation framework supports direct automation of the manual tests, eliminating the rework inherent in most automation approaches. The management reporting provides visibility into test condition coverage and test data usage not available with MS Excel and QC data tables.
DSTAR Key Features
The benefits of using DSTAR include:
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