Testing in the New World of Off-the-Shelf Software

Gerie Owen and Peter Varhol

Testing an off-the-shelf, sometimes called COTS, system? Often, project managers and stakeholders mistakenly believe that one benefit of purchasing software is that there is little, if any, testing required. This could not be further from the truth. Testing COTS software requires a different focus from traditional testing approaches. Although no software package will be delivered free of bugs, the testing focus from the purchasing organization’s perspective is not on validating the base functionality. Gerie Owen and Peter Varhol share a framework for testing COTS packages and discuss in detail each of the major focus areas―customizations and configurations, integration, data, and performance. Discover how to work with business processes and integration maps to design an effective test strategy. Whether you are testing a small COTS package or a large enterprise COTS application, join Gerie and Peter to learn how to focus your testing effectively and develop a new test skill set.

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