In the recent past, testing and tagging (also known as appraisal, de-duplication, or copy testing) have been the most popular method of testing the quality of database systems. Testing and tagging mean that you examine the database entries that you wish to check for data inconsistency or corruption. Determining these inconsistencies is crucial because they can lead to errors in the production and results of the production reports that you get from your database. Some of the methods that this type of testing or tagging are applied to the database systems are:
Audit Checks – The audit checks are to be made in order to determine whether or not the database system is fully functioning and running with an error-free performance. Such operations may include monitoring the events, user activity, reports, and the runtime performance of the database system.
In-Depth Analysis – The evaluation of the database is done so that any issues or flaws in the system can be determined and acted upon. This includes the locating of files that do not belong to the database; removing of false data from the database; identifying all erroneous entries from the system; testing the time required for typical operation of the database, and identifying the processes that the database system performs in order to check and correct any errors that may arise.
In-Depth Technical Checks – The most common cases where these checks are performed are to prevent the failure of the software, hardware, networking, databases, and storage device. Some of the methods used in this type of checking are to test for the performance of the hardware components, internet protocols, database data integrity, and network connectivity.
System Performance Diagnostics – To maintain and improve the performance of the database, it is necessary that the database systems run efficiently. It is also important to check the systems for their efficiency so that the production processes and reports will have more accurate data.
Specific Checks – To properly check and identify all the files that are not contained in the database, there are specific ways in which the data entry may be verified. If there are any possible discrepancies between the data that is found in the database and the data entered by the users, then the database system needs to be testing and tagging in order to resolve this issue.
Determining if the system is functioning well is important because it prevents many problems and errors from happening and also ensures that the system runs without errors or defects. However, just because the database is operating properly does not mean that it has been testing and tagging thoroughly.
Process Quality Check – The process of data analysis and tracking is extremely important in order to reduce the risk of errors that may occur because of data inconsistency. In addition, it is important to identify any inconsistencies that might happen because of the incorrect changes that have been done by the users.
Information Storage Efficiency – The data entry that has to be checked is an important step in the process of data analysis. The data that has been generated by the users are stored in the database so that these data entries can be tracked.
User Interaction – The system that is to be tested is to be checked for the usability of the system and for the accessibility of the data. To ensure that the information is accessible, the database should be tested and tagged for the accessibility of the data.
Database Maintenance – The maintenance of the database is important because it helps to check whether the system is running properly. The maintenance checks are to be done in order to prevent any corruption or error in the database or to identify if the system is performing well or not.
Database testing and tagging can be done in two ways. One is through manual check and the other is through automated check and tagging.