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QA Consulting & Engineering
Our practical, proven approach to managing non-production environments enables our clients to maximise their testing efforts. We are passionate about improving environment management so you can achieve effective and repeatable success stories.
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The importance of non-production environments in testing
The key ingredient to successful software testing is the availability of a suitable platform to perform the testing. Non-production environments are a key enabler of reliable service delivery and provide critical protection to production systems. The role of these environments is to safeguard the user experience and therefore they must keep pace with the demands of rapid service delivery cycles and increasing systems complexity.
In non-production environments, all other variables in the equations are limited, providing testers with a clean slate to tweak and experiment with the product. This is an environment that testers want to continuously change, keep dynamic and handle breakages. Software can be rigorously tested without fear of repercussions.
From trying out minor iterations to stress testing high volumes, there are few things testers can’t throw at a non-production environment. This, and the ability to quickly set up and tear down environments represents the most ideal way to perform software testing.
The challenges of non-production environments
By definition, a non-production environment is one where volatility is welcomed. Breakages and deviations are not only encouraged, but also necessary to test and explore software to its full limits.
While this free rein is certainly beneficial, there are risks that are part of working in such an environment. These include:
The scope and flexibility that non-production environments bring also requires significantly more effort and experience to manage effectively. Often the responsibility is passed to production-oriented support teams. We have dedicated non-production professionals who are totally focused on this environment, which means you get the supportive care and agility your testers require, while the team works collaboratively to ensure a quality outcome.
Non-production environments are not restricted by the need to carefully control and monitor each change. However, there can be a lot of work that goes into testing given the wide range of users and devices often involved. In addition, application monitoring, configuration and data management, operations support, release management, continuous delivery and licencing requirements need to be considered.
Our years of experience in building and managing these environments means we can optimise, utilise and mobilise your testing capability to achieve the best possible results.
Testing in a non-production environment can be an expensive undertaking if not managed well. We work with you to help bring these expenses down to make software testing more cost-efficient by looking at your non-production environment and processes and identifying where efficiencies can be gained.
At the core of our solutions is our highly experienced team with extensive expertise in establishing and managing non-production environments. We also provide a range of valuable resources, including facilities where you can test your software in a non-production environment setting. We can host remote systems and run server, network and other virtual environments.
We can facilitate non-production environments for client devices as well as host client-side non-production environments. This is especially critical for businesses that need to produce a mobile-optimised website for example, taking into account literally thousands of combinations of devices that could be viewing the website. With stringent testing procedures in place, you can ensure a good customer experience.
Non-production environments can be difficult for even experienced organisations to master. We are here to provide valuable advice, guidance and resources to ensure you have successful software outcomes.
Talk to us today about how we can help with your non-production environment.