For the QA and UAT validation approach for a new implementation of a multi-region/locale corporate site scenario, we are exploring two option for testing
1st option - Have a global report suite for QA/UAT environment where data from all regions(close to 25) flows into this single global report suite to check the correctness and consistency of data. When going live to production, we split out individual countries into individual report suites (regular or virtual) and have one global report suite
2nd option - We have an exact replica of production env architecture in QA/UAT environments also i.e. one global QA/UAT report suite and individual QA/UAT report suites for all regions (close to 25)
Can you please suggest what is the most efficient out of the two approaches above and what is the general practice followed in testing out such corporate web analytics implementations ?
If your localized report suites are going to have identical menu structures, I would recommend using virtual report suites. This means you would only need to send server calls to your global report suite without any secondary server calls. You would only need live + QA/UAT report suites - everything else could be a virtual report suite.