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TESTING COTS OR CONTRACTED SOFTWARE EQAA Ninth Session.

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1 TESTING COTS OR CONTRACTED SOFTWARE EQAA Ninth Session

2 COTS software review process Why are you buying the software ? What purpose will it server ? Make a list of features that you need in the software. Prioritize the features Investigate and Research available vendors/tools Schedule Demo Review the product based on the feature list Select the product that best works for you/company

3 Challenges with COTS Software Purchased COTS software  Missing features  Software fails to perform  Does not meet all the business needs  Does not meet operational needs  Does not meet people needs  Extra features

4 Contracted Software Test Process Assure the process for contracting software is adequate Assure that requirements and contract criteria are testable Review the adequacy of the contractors test plan Perform acceptance testing on the software Issue a report on the adequacy of the software to meet the needs of the organization Ensure knowledge transfer occurs, and intellectual property rights are protected Incorporate copyrighted material into the contracting organization’s manuals Assure the ongoing operation and maintenance of the contracted software Assure the effectiveness of contractual relations

5 Challenges in Testing Contracted Software Contracted Software  Quality factors may not be specified  Non-testable requirements and criteria  Contracting organization’s standards may not be met  Missing requirements  Overlooked changes in standards or technology  Training and deployment may be difficult

6 Thank You COTS Software Test Process

7 Challenges in Testing Acquired Software Differences between software developed in-house and software developed by contractors are: Relinquishment of control Loss of control over reallocation of resources


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