14 Aug How Popular is Time Simulation?
Time simulation, also called time virtualization, has been engaging software testers for 25 years thanks since Solution-Soft first introduced this technology. It has gained popularity among large companies for its ability to reduce IT costs, improve efficiency and enhance software testing options across the organization.
The solutions can be used across many areas, particularly in IT for software testing, but also to interactive teaching. It enables the company to time travel its applications to any point in time, which has many uses and can be essential in some areas to test at critical dates:
- Processing of month-end, year-end or quarter-end
- Billing cycle
- Term payment
- Predicting workflow
The benefits and advantages which are engaging software testers include:
ERP/SAP Testing: Using a time shift solution for ERP systems can accelerate sessions by increasing the speed of the clock, therefore giving faster SAP deployment. Hundreds of customers use a time traveling software solution, such as Time Simulator or Time Machine, to boost the testing of their SAP systems.
Migration Testing: A tester can use virtual clocks to run any of the modules on any dates, meaning all the date and time logic can be tested within the migrated environment. One clock can allow testing for end-of-month while the other explores validity for end-of-year, at the same time.
Regression Testing: If you need to run tests to ensure changes won’t interrupt your functionality, the virtual clocks will help bring flexibility to this process as they all test automation suites.
Which Industries use Time Simulation?
While time and date shift solutions for temporal testing are openly engaging software testers, are they being used solely in the IT industry or across a broader spectrum?
While the benefit of use in pure IT is evident, it is also invaluable in making efficiencies and savings in industries which could not run without software products. Time simulation solutions are used by many Global 100 and Global 500 companies around the world, in a wide variety of fields, especially in finance, insurance and government agencies which all frequently deal with critical dates. Other industries which rely on software are also now opening up to the benefit which this solution can bring to them with it now being used widely across healthcare, pharmaceutical and energy companies, as well as those in transport and general industry. Some users of time simulation software tools include: DHL, Amex, Federal Reserve, Deutsche Bank, Orange Telecom, Boeing, etc.
Companies in all of these industries are now requesting software testers to thoroughly test any functionalities which are time or date sensitive throughout their environment and applications. Traveling to the future to test an event before it happens can translate into big savings.
There are plenty of uses in which industry can utilize time and date shifting, across their IT systems, for example, elements such as software billing or year-end testing. It can also be used in data ageing, time zone correction and financial validation purposes. Some companies make use of it for monthly or quarterly testing, policy dates or tax payments. The possibilities are limitless.
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