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Test environments increase overall software delivery efficiency and ensure robust software quality. Using a test environment, QA can perform all the required testing which can provide enough confidence to production support and the business team. Below are key benefits

    1. Faster Time to Market: A test environment greatly helps to reduce the time to market of an application by driving agility and flexibility. This also reduces the overall approval cycle in taking new software into a BAU environment for production support and business approval. It is of no surprise that, while the initial investment may be on the higher side, test environments can save the organisation money.
    2. Testing efficiency improvement and higher test coverage: Testing takes up a significant portion of the overall application development lifecycle. This goes to show that even the slightest improvement of overall efficiency can make an enormous difference to the overall timeframe of the project. Through the implementation of a production-like test environment, a greater number of tests to the production-like behaviour will occur and there will be a sharp drop in the amount of time required to run tests. It contributes to a higher quality of work, thereby decreasing the necessity for fixing glitches after release and reduces project costs.
    3. Earlier Detection of Defects: Since a test environment provides a production-like interface to the tester, so it’s easy to detect any defects earlier. This helps increase the overall development speed while ensuring correct functionality across areas. The earlier a defect is identified, the more cost-effective it is to fix the glitch.

To find out more about test environments, read Test Environment Management.

About the Author:

Anurag Sharma is a dynamic, ambitious and a result-oriented IT service management professional. He loves challenges and is willing to take a risk.

Anurag’s specialities include:

  • Test environment management/architect
  • DevOps architect/consultant
  • I.T. service management
  • Test management
  • Cyber resilience/security researcher