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Method to Provide a Software Overview Assessment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034589D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Breyfogle, FW [+details]

Abstract

A process is described which addresses a strategy to determine quickly if a software product will meet most of its intended function. Conventional strategies for testing software products do not, in general, give emphasis to assessing software from a "big picture" point of view. Documented software-testing strategies usually emphasize evaluating software at the "path" and "state" level. This testing can be very important for software reliability; however, often the "big picture" applications are lost. In addition, whenever a software product is developed at a vendor, "path" testing is not usually performed by the procurer; the procurer may often evaluate only a few "typical" applications. Basically, the purchaser is at risk that the vendor developed/tested the product satisfactorily.