As just a user of software, the normal person only sees the best product. If any new problems or bugs arise, developers can quickly patch their software, and the users can benefit from the updates. What the users do not see is the extensive work that goes on behind the scenes, or what it took for the developers to get to that final product.
To ensure that any software application works as intended, it must first go through a test environment where the software undergoes a series of experimental uses. Most testing strategies involve a test environment, which includes the hardware and operating system on which the software will be tested.
During the software’s life-cycle, it is typical to move through four different stages, or environments: development, testing, staging, and production. During development, programmers are writing their first lines of code, and their application evolves from concept to the minimal viable product.
With a server set aside for specific test use, the test environment phase will begin. That environment must meet the minimum requirements for the application to function, and it is likely you will need multiple tests. These tests can run one after another, or concurrently across several test environments.
From there, sponsors can see the product during the staging phase, but users still have to wait. Staging means simulating production as much as possible, and is extremely limited to select people. Still, more tests will be required.
Last, things can move into production. End-users can finally get their hands on your software. During production, you can still run further tests, and these new features can be released safely and intermittently.
Test environments are crucial for the success of your software and your business. With peak performance, you will see peak satisfaction. For more information on setting up proper test environments for your application, call Cybergear today at (586) 531-7116.
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