Produban wanted to improve its time-to-market while reducing reliance on its mainframe environment for testing purposes. It needed to allow direct system access to partners for application testing purposes, while complying with strict data privacy regulations.
Operating in the highly regulated financial services industry, Produban must comply with strict personal data protection laws and internal security and confidentiality standards. A sophisticated application testing process guarantees the highest levels of application quality. However, the process of extracting data from the production environment, masking it, and entering it into the test environments was a manual process which was time-consuming and involved MIPS and CPU resources which were needed to run the production system.
Ricardo Lopez Jimenez, Data and Implementation Manager at Produban explains: “We were under pressure to improve our time-to-market for new business applications but needed to save MIPS/CPU consumption in our mainframe environment as well. We felt that centralizing our test environments would reduce costs and avoid data duplication. Automating the data masking process, compliant with our requirements, would accelerate the testing preparation and execution time. If we could do this without impacting our core IT resources we felt we could improve the batch and online test performance.
Data confidentiality meant Produban partners could not test their applications directly in Produban’s test environments and so this was an extra strain on the IT team.