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Curiosity and Windocks Present

Turn Your Production Systems into Test-Ready Data



On Demand Test Data

Most organisations today rely on production systems for test data, as 54% of test teams depend on production data copies [1]. Yet, using production data for testing poses challenges in data quality, staleness, and compliance. Production data often includes sensitive information, but lacks data to support diverse test scenarios. Refreshing data via backups is furthermore slow, creating out-of-date and costly test environments. There is additionally never enough data for parallel teams and tests, introducing constraints and test failures that derail rapid software delivery.

This webinar will set out how production databases can be made “test ready” and delivered on demand, enabling rapid, rigorous and compliant testing. Veteran test data inventor, Huw Price, will team up with Paul Stanton, a database virtualisation expert and co-founder of Windocks. They will set out a roadmap for making complete and compliant data available on-the-fly during rapid software development and CI/CD. This strategy will include:

  1. Data analysis, profiling, and archaeology, understanding the location of sensitive information and coverage gaps across environments.

  2. Just in time data “find and makes”, automatically finding and making complete and compliant data during manual testing, test automation, and CI/CD.

  3. On demand database virtualisation and orchestration, serving low-cost virtual data copies in parallel and in seconds.

[1] Capgemini, Sogeti (2021), The World Quality Report 2021-22. Retrieved from https://www.capgemini.com/gb-en/research/world-quality-report-wqr-2021-22/ on 18/02/2022.

About the speakers

Huw price


Huw Price is a test data management veteran and a serial entrepreneur, now founder of his fifth software start-up. Huw’s 30 years of experience in software delivery has brought collaboration with a wide range of organisations, large and small. He has crafted strategies and innovative technologies for test data success, on projects ranging from large-scale migrations from mainframe to open systems, to building best-of-breed test automation frameworks for microservices.



Paul Stanton is the Co-Founder of WinDocks, which brought Docker Containers to Windows. Adding value over Microsoft's implementation with broader support of the Windows OS, with SQL Server containers, and with database cloning and data virtualization. Driving product strategy, go-to-market, sales, partnering, and Alliances. Pauls mission is to help you update SQL Server operations in a matter of hours, to achieve your DevOps and business agility goals, in a cost-effective solution that costs you less one month from now than today.


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