Explore Cloud Services for Application Testing While Controlling Risks through Governance

  • by Judith M. Myerson , Systems Engineer and Architect/Owner
  • October 14, 2010
Service rentals, faster service, low operational costs, and lower energy costs are some of the reasons for the increasing popularity of cloud services for application testing. Testing procedures, economies of scale, service governance, and jurisdictional issues are the criteria in selecting a cloud service. To protect test plans and tools against unauthorized access, risks are controlled through governance.
Key Concept
Cloud services are services that are delivered and consumed on demand over the Internet, on or off premise. A cloud service can help a company save money by renting the service by usage or subscription.

Cloud computing — services bought and used on demand via the Internet — can improve a company’s IT services by saving money when testing applications by renting a cloud service for your SAP systems. By using cloud services, you can avoid using office space, hardware, and software that you would otherwise have to. 

Relating specifically to SAP BusinessObjects GRC applications, private clouds are better suited than public clouds to ensure user authentications, encryption, and other security controls are in place to comply with regulations and protect data sensitivity. User controls of private clouds range from no control to complete control over the operating system.

I’ll give background on user controls referenced in the cloud, as well as a testing service example for each cloud service type. Then I’ll discuss the criteria of selecting a cloud service from the perspectives of testing procedures, economies of scale, service governance, and jurisdictional issues. Once the selection is made, you can determine what one or more software testing types you should do. Then consider cloud service governance and risk control to ensure security controls are in place to protect test plans and tools against unauthorized access.

Judith M. Myerson

Judith M. Myerson is a systems architect and engineer and an SAP consultant. She is the author of the Enterprise System Integration, Second Edition, handbook, RFID in the Supply Chain: A Guide to Selection and Implementation, and several articles on enterprise-wide systems, database technologies, application development, SAP, RFID technologies, project management, risk management, and GRC.

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