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Leading load testing company Facilita deploys GT Datamaker software to manage test data requirements

08-29-2008 02:57 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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Facilita have now acquired the Grid-Tools Datamaker professional edition, strongly convinced this test data suite can offer them a wide range of functionalities to manage their test data requirements.

Using Datamaker, Facilita can now quickly and easily create accurate test data as and when they need it. They can likewise automatically create subsets of existing data and scramble/condition sensitive or personal data records.

With the infrastructure Grid-Tools Datamaker provides combined with the deployment of a centralized test data repository, Facilita is now able to use and re-use test cases whilst utilizing a wide range of powerful data manipulation features.

Facilita are also able to provide personnel within their company the ability to offer ‘Test Data on Demand’ to all of their users.
Generating Test Data – proving effective and successful for Facilita.

Facilita have in the past been reliant on generating test data the “traditional way” via making copies of production data or manually creating data. Traditional methods proved to be costly, time consuming and laborious for Facilita. Datamaker seemed to provide an obvious and compelling solution.

GT Subset, an element of the Grid-Tools’ Datamaker Suite, now provides Facilita with a low cost method for rapidly extracting test data from their production database. Using the latest technology from database vendors combined with an easy-to-use front end, GT Subset allows definition of any relationships required to subset the data, as well as using existing database constraints.

Gareth Heaton, Senior Sales Consultant at Facilita, said, “Due to the sensitive nature of our solutions, testing procedures are necessarily rigorous, and this adds significantly to the overall application cost. GT Datamaker contributes directly to the quality and speed of the delivery of the final product, achieving the valuable ‘double’ of reducing costs and improving the quality of the test data we use for our testing. ”

Huw Price, Managing Director of Grid-Tools, said, “Although GT Subset is a highly specialised tool, it’s easy to use and performs a crucial function for anyone developing a modern data processing application. Today’s databases are often full of complex interdependencies and applications are also increasingly sophisticated, meaning that test databases need complete integrity and test data needs to be a proper representation of live data if the application is ever to work properly in the real world.”

Gareth Heaton, Senior Sales Consultant at Facilita added “The test data generation and depersonalisation features of GT Datamaker will also remove our headache, as we can easily demonstrate compliance with data protection rules. GT Datamaker’s test case repository would also allow us to re-use datasets, improving productivity even further.“

Jessica Jones
Marketing and Sales Executive
Grid-Tools Ltd
14 Hanborough Business Park,
Long Hanborough,
OX29 8LH
+44(0) 1865 980679

About Facilita:

Formed in 1989, Facilita is a leading UK developer of IT performance and load testing tools and solutions, and has delivered testing solutions across a range of industries including financial institutions as well as IT systems integrators and testing consultancies.

Facilita backs its portfolio of testing tools with comprehensive professional services, providing major organisations with cost-effective, enterprise-class testing solutions. Facilita also works closely with an expanding network of partners to add value to their own testing offerings. For more information, please visit or call 0870 405 8088.

About Grid-Tools Limited:

Grid-Tools are specialists in data creation, test data management and information lifecycle management. Their experienced personnel have been writing and developing solutions for large companies in both the private and public sectors for over 15 years. The Grid-Tools Datamaker Suite includes a wide range of tools for test data management including Datamaker, DataShrink, Data Test Professional and Data Archive. Within a short span of time, Grid-Tools have picked-up significant momentum and an impressive list of well known and respected customers such as the UK National Healthcare Service, British Telecom, Deutsche Bank and Sony. Grid-Tools software is also used within a large UK Government agency.

The Grid-Tools methodology consists of using the “data-centric” approach to testing whereby, their focus is to ensure the quality of the test data being used is of the right quality for successful testing.

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