Coopers & Lybrand spotted what it believes is a gap in the testing market. Teaming up with automated software testing company AutoTester, the consultant is arming itself with tools its clients can use to test mission-critical projects.
Year 2000 compliance, the euro currency and large enterprise software rollouts are dictating the need for more comprehensive testing tools, said Phil O'Prey, partner, information services and technology group, Coopers & Lybrand. O'Prey said that, despite the urgency of millennium and euro issues, Australia is lagging in the 2000 compliance cycle. "I think we are still trailing a bit -- one would have anticipated there would be a lot more testing right now. Most large companies are looking to be wrapping that up in the third quarter of this year."
Designed to test systems once any modifications have been made, end users knowledgeable about the functioning of the system do the testing with this product.
"It doesn't solve problems for users -- it tells them whether their system is performing as before," O'Prey said. AutoTester software includes 19 different products capable of testing modifications to data repositories, load and stress problems, functional issues and regression testing. The software also tests enterprise applications.
AutoTester and Coopers officials warn, however, that Y2K testing should not be the only focus for Australian companies in the lead up to 2000. Users will soon need to be able to test systems following euro modifications, O'Prey said. In large software rollouts, such as SAP R3, testing an enterprise resource planning implementation is about 50 per cent of the effort, he said. The software can also be used to test customisations and upgrades.