The ROI of TDM

Crafting a Convincing Business Case for Test Data Management

In today’s complex app development, budgets are crucial. Agile and DevOps require more investment. Poor testing can exceed budget expectations, often due to lack of accessible test data.

Smart executives see Test Data Management (TDM) tools as efficient investments. Yet, building a persuasive business case for various stakeholders is challenging.

Key Steps for an Effective TDM Business Case:

  1. Clarify Your Focus: Tailor the case to your use case, like DevOps enablement or QA efficiency.
  2. Define Approach and Scope: Choose a limited pilot or comprehensive rollout, aligning with risk tolerance.
  3. Engage Stakeholders: Involve QA, architecture, compliance, and business teams. Show how TDM benefits them.
  4. Quantify Benefits: Highlight cost savings and productivity gains.
    • Reduce Infrastructure Costs: TDM reduces the need to replicate production environments.
    • Enhance Tester Productivity: Swift provisioning of test data saves time.
    • Boost Developer Productivity: Developers get quick access to quality data.
    • Minimize Support Costs: Quality app development reduces post-launch issues.
    • Avert Data Breach Costs: Proper de-identified data lowers breach risks.
  5. Substantiate Benefits: Document benefits with real data and assumptions.
  6. Understand Investment: Consider the complete cost, including licensing, implementation, and support.

Conclusion: Build a tailored business case, securing approval for TDM investment. This initiates efficiency, quality, security, and cost improvements across the organization.