Patent application serial number 850554 has not been assigned to a company or institution.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates generally to a system and method for efficiently validating the functionality arid performance software applications. In particular, the system and method relates to a multiple test phase integrated process for testing applications, in which the system and method enables the efficient use of test phase deliverables to produce high quality business requirements-based software applications.
"Typically web-based software applications are designed to accommodate a multitude of different kinds of business transactions, where each transaction often requires a significant number of functions to be performed In order to complete that transaction. The quality of a software application depends largely on the extensive functionality testing required to validate each function used to execute an on-line transaction and that each on-line transaction is consistent with the business functionality requirements. Software developers recognize that testing software applications is a continuous process that is often time consuming, repetitive and expensive. The testing process is usually divided Into test phases which include unit test, system test, integration, user acceptance testing, customer installation and support test phases. Of the various test phases, phases such as the system test phase, which are designed to validate the functionality and performance of a software application, quite often Involve the largest number of repetitive tests and tasks.
"Repetitive testing and other inefficient testing methods are often the result of having the various phases of test performed by separate and Independent organizations that do not communicate with each other. In this type of testing scheme one organization performs the functional tests which involve the creation of requirements-based conditions, test data and manual lest scripts. Another organization independently performs automated regression tests which also involve creating requirements-based test conditions, test data and manual test scripts and a third organization conducts performance tests which again similarly requires the creation of requirements-based test conditions, test data and test scripts.
"Those skilled in software test have recognized that the use of independent organizations to perform tests such as those in the functional, automated regression and performance test phases is an overall testing method that results a high degree of duplicative testing. Duplicative testing is highly inefficient, costly and time-consuming. These types of inefficiencies are particularly apparent in the related areas of functional, automated regression and performance phase testing.
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