Minimize risk & improve quality

A research project delivers valuable knowledge especially for small and medium-sized IT companies.

Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH) resides in the countryside north of Linz and enjoys a excellent reputation nationwide as an innovative competence center. Together with the Institute for Computer Science of the University of Innsbruck, SCCH has been studying the application, evaluation and improvement of risk-based approaches and methods for software testing. Additional project partners are five IT companies: InfPro IT Solutions GmbH and PDAgroup GmbH of Innsbruck, ekey biometric systems GmbH of Linz, ventopay gmbh of Hagenberg and DGR DatenverarbeitungsgesmbH of Haid.

Improving testing processes

The project’s scientific coordinators explain the goals: “Risk-based testing means identifying the areas of risk in software and targeting the testing approach to these areas. Testing has the fundamental goal of detecting faults and thus delivering immediate feedback for the assessment and improvement of quality,” emphasizes Mag. Rudolf Ramler, Research Team Leader at Automated Software Testing at SCCH. Dr. Michael Felderer of the Institute for Computer Science of the University of Innsbruck adds: “Research results acquired through empirical analysis support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that lack their own testing departments in improving their testing processes and thereby the quality of their software. The mutual exchange of experience and knowledge between research and practice has proven very constructive and highly profitable for all involved.“ Dipl.-Ing. Hansjörg Haller, CEO of the project partner InfPro IT Solutions GmbH, fully agrees: “This innovative project promotes additional quality improvement in IT companies. This is welcomed by all.”

The smart testing project is supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).