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Verification tool eases embedded development

Posted: 30 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software verification? verification tool? software development?

S2 Technologies has released Verification-as-Services (VaS), said to be the first comprehensive solution for organizations developing software for real-time or embedded applications. The VaS solution enables software development teams to use their own processes while S2's underlying quality platform creates a shared framework that can be used across all stages of the release cycle.

VaS leverages the best aspects of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model popularized by and managed-services offerings. VaS eliminates the need for an organization to recruit, retrain and retain a large staff of test and verification engineers and managers, because S2 provides the required resources and domain expertise. At the same time VaS is a secure, flexible solution that seamlessly fits into the customer's environment.

The result is a comprehensive verification solution that is affordable and requires minimal effort on the part of the development team.

Virtually all embedded software development groups recognize that software verification is a problem but lack an effective and ongoing means of addressing it. The VaS solution from S2 brings together its verification expertise, patented technology and ongoing process management to provide a seamless method for verifying embedded code.

"VaS is a strategic solution that frees organizations from the day-to-day management responsibility for software test and verification. It is designed to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and it is a cost-effective solution that ultimately results in better predictability and quality of software deliveries," said Philip Micciche, president and CEO of S2.

With VaS, all verification activities are codified as part of a monthly subscription service implemented and maintained by S2 that provides complete management of embedded software verification. This approach eliminates large up-front software license costs and ensures an organization continues to get full value from the solution over time.

Intuitive solution
S2 testing and integration experts observe and document existing development processes, then integrate the verification platform into the key systems used in those processes. S2 verification experts set up software, processes and reports and execute verification activities as an ongoing service for development groups.

VaS incorporates a scalable infrastructure that removes the obstacles for early test and validation success. At every stage, development teams will be able to seamlessly blend testing and verification activities, including planning, analysis, test execution and measurement, with the organization's embedded software development processes. By including defect tracking, test-asset development and validation, VaS helps to deliver a common view of quality across disparate parts of an organization during the entire test and integration lifecycle. VaS provides management-level reports on key testing and integration metrics and helps to incorporate rich diagnostic capabilities such as software analysis, testing automation and management.

VaS is also operated, maintained and enhanced by S2 as new features and techniques become available. Because most development groups have other high-priority objectives to accomplish, S2 automates testing processes, executes tests, certifies components according to predetermined criteria and applies product enhancements on an ongoing basis during the life of the subscription. Through this, development organizations can focus entirely on building the best possible embedded software rather than devoting critical technical resources to testing and verification.

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