What is Digital Twin?
Digital Twin, as a concept, has been around for a while. There are several use cases for which Digital Twin can be applied. As a concept, Digital Twin has been widely accepted as a virtual representation of a physical asset, which could help in getting data using IoT sensors from across all the physical devices. The IoT data can then map their process and activities in a virtual world, thanks to the world of sensors and PLC and what not, we are able to realize all the physical assets. The new dimension of thinking is whether we can apply this concept for testing our applications. Probably one the best reasons why Gartner repeatedly rates Digital twin as one of the Top 10 technologies for 3 years now.
Why Digital Twin for Testing
There are two types of Digital Twin
- Process Twin
- Product Twin
- Replicate all process activities from physical to digital world
- Gather all Live application data from Application logs and Devices
- Replicate all live application issues in Test using logs
- Predict and Prevent failures
- Create a digital world with a non-real physical Process
- Capture time and motion analysis from a physical process
- Provide intelligence in optimizing physical process
- Instrumentation for Business process improvements
In the current scenario of development of a product towards business users, there is no way we can test with the real-time business scenario. All testing depends on manipulated data and there is no way we are able to realize the sequence of activities that happen in a production environment. It is also impossible to test the whole scenario with all the data and application interactions the way it happens in production. The current process lacks a snapshot of the production data that helps in retrieving and replicating the way scenarios panned out. There is no mechanism to slow down or speed up the data entry and attempt the same scenarios in a faster input manner. Soak a test environment with the same data sequentially and repeat the same activity multiple times, and this reduces the testing efficiency overall.
The Innovative Way of Testing and Enhancing Application Behavior
With the above scenario as a problem statement, what if we can build a system that can virtualize, visualize and test the application all in one go? In a real-time scenario, this would be extremely advantageous for any business owner because now he not only visualizes the process but also is capable of effectively testing the application that is behind the system.