- OpEx reduction
The reduction in operation expenditures is predicated around three major cost savings:
- Elimination of wait time
- Reduction of time needed to configure environments
- Reduction of access fees
2. CapEx reduction
A physical staged environment is the only way to accommodate the complexity of an organization’s test environment. Expanding the staged environment requires additional capacity for acquiring, maintaining and configuring machines and licenses.
Service virtualization allows an organization to forego purchasing additional machines and licenses by using simulated test environments instead. The overall demand on the current staged test environment is significantly diminished.
- Risk reduction
When upstream process timelines are stretched, the cycle time allotted for testing activities is limited significantly.
Service virtualization delivers a simulated test environment, which means QA and performance testers can simulate missing or evolving system components in order to incrementally test applications earlier and more completely.
Additionally, development and QA can more easily keep up with the speed and cadence of agile method.
- Incremental top line revenue
Service virtualization speeds innovation by eliminating delays and providing the infrastructure for better testing. This results in higher quality deliverables.
Though incremental revenue can be difficult to calculate due to the array of conditions that impact the release and deployment of software, the qualitative benefits of service virtualization are clear:
- Faster release cycles
- Earlier time to market
- Earlier start for the testing cycle
- More opportunity for earlier revenue
To sum it up, with today's interconnected applications, a complete and realistic test environment is nearly impossible to stage. At the same time, without reliable access to a reliable, high-fidelity test environment, testing is delayed and business risk the following negative impacts:
- Brand erosion as faulty software drives away customers
- Delays in time to market which diminish market share
- Exposure to legal liability associated with application failure (security, reliability, performance)
Service virtualization brings substantial opportunities for ROI in terms of OpEx reduction, CapEx reduction, risk reduction and incremental top-line revenue.