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Bank of England

Overview
The driver for change was unusual. In May 1990 a City of London messenger carrying £291.9 million in certificates of deposit and treasury bills was mugged and relieved of his documents. The bonds were recovered, but the Bank of England decided electronic transfer was a more effective method of settlement. More...

Solution
The CMMO project was devised and QA/testing was crucial as it was expected to settle all transactions in a market worth £80 billion per day, and T-Plan Professional was chosen as the test management tool and implemented at the bank of England.

Key Benefits

  • Systems Development Manager Steve Barton started out with a testing budget of £900,000. He came in at £600,000
  • Barton's next test planning project aims to reduce costs by a further 25%
  • Of the 50 staff working on CMMO it was envisaged that 15 would be dedicated to testing. In fact only 11 were necessary
  • Due in no small part to the tools success... in 2000 the T-Plan tool was the most highly rated software quality management tool in the software quality industry, according to Ovum Ltd.

Some six months after completion, Graham Kentfield, then Deputy Chief of the Banking Department and Deputy Chief Cashier of the Bank of England wrote;

..... the CMMO was delivered on time and within budget and it has been operating successfully
for some six months. In a project of this size and complexity, this is no small achievement; it is
something in which the Bank as a whole can take some pride.
Graham Kentfield, then Deputy Chief of the Banking Department and Deputy Chief Cashier of the Bank of England

Given that the BCS has reported 80% project failure on three key points; Budget, Schedule and Function, the experience at the Bank is remarkable.When it is considered that the project itself underwent a 36% change in requirements as it was developed, a common occurrence in most I.T. projects, the result is significant.

To this day... over 20 years later the Bank is still using the 'V' model and the tool it implemented in 1990. This is striking given the pace of technological change that has occurred over this period.

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Northgate

About Northgate
Northgate Information Solutions is a market leader in providing specialist software, outsourcing and information technology (IT) services to the human resources, local government, education and public safety markets. Northgate, which is listed on London Stock Exchange, currently employs over 6,000 staff and operates in 46 countries across 5 continents.

Northgate has approximately 4,500 large/medium customers and approximately 10,500 small/medium enterprise (SME) customers worldwide, including approximately 1 in 5 Fortune 500, 90% of the UK local authorities and all of the UK’s regional police forces. Northgate are a technology services company with a difference. Northgate is committed to high quality public services and understands the public sector. That knowledge is core to its business. Northgate’s task is to share in the economic and social benefits that this brings.

Northgate assists the public sector to promote community well-being by helping them provide citizens with accessible and responsive one-stop services based on clear and detailed information; by engaging with public sector employees to transfer and enhance skills; and by working with public sector management to enhance performance management.

Overview
Prior to taking T-Plan, Northgate were using MS Word and Excel with Visual Basic applications and macros to manage their testing process. Northgate increasingly found this approach required far too much maintenance and administration as well as being very time consuming. In the main, Word was used to create test script templates, but others found there was a lot more flexibility in using Excel. At any one time within Northgate there are a large number of ongoing projects and when members joined each others projects the approach to documenting scripts and reporting on test progress differed.

At this point Northgate began to investigate Test Management solutions to provide a more efficient and standardised approach, and researched different products following the ISO standard for evaluating software. They finally chose T-Plan citing its ability to break down testing into steps as one of the major advantages over its competitors.

Challenges
Northgate were looking to address 3 main problems in their testing process. These centred on the time associated with manual test management, inconsistent approaches to documentation process, and the difficulties of project reporting.

Time
The very nature of a manual system meant that there was an amount of administrative overhead. This coupled with the fact that Northgate had large numbers of people moving between projects and each project containing (by now) large quantities of documents meant it was very difficult for new members to pick up where each project was in the testing process.

Process
By using office tools there was no formal process flow, which meant that often it was difficult to monitor the progress of projects through the testing process. In order to overcome this, significant manual intervention was required. In addition, with the inherent flexibility of office tools it meant that everyone had their own specific way of presenting data, creating inconsistencies throughout the projects.

Reporting
Having to write reports became laborious as data had to be pulled from a variety of different sources in order to compile the document. Ad hoc reporting was also an issue and when requests for a ‘snapshot’ of a project was requested this proved very difficult to deliver in a timely manner.

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Virgin Mobile [View pdf version]

Overview
In 2003 Virgin Mobile realised their test programmes for new business applications weren’t being managed as well as they should. The Virgin Mobile management wanted a system that gave them better control of their test management process.

Challenges
The Virgin Mobile testing process was largely ad-hoc, used spreadsheets, was manually intensive and overly focused on incident management. In effect they were re-inventing the wheel for every test project.

“We wanted an integrated test management process”
Francesca Kay, Test Manager

Solution
With the objective of a better-managed, end-to-end testing process, Virgin Mobile researched the market thoroughly. T-Plan was chosen because it provided all the tools required and represented excellent value for money. Their preference is to work with smaller companies because they are usually more responsive and adaptable to changing requirements; T-Plan fitted the bill perfectly.

Benefits
T-Plan software allowed Virgin Mobile to standardize, control and report on all of its testing processes, thereby:

  • Giving a better view of how testing projects are progressing
  • Enabling insight into how a change in requirements affects testing schedules
  • Providing more information on test performance and risk tracking
  • Allowing the standardization and reuse of test projects
  • Offering one central database to analyze trends

Of particular note was the high level of service that Virgin Mobile received. From product explanation and initial training through to day-to-day account management, T-Plan’s service was second to none.

“Very flexible and excellent value for money”
Concluded Francesca Kay, Test Manager

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United Utilities (UU) Plc.
Warrington, UK.

UU is one of the leading licensed Distribution Network Operators (DNO) in the UK. It owns and operates the local electricity distribution system within its own authorised area.

DADS (DUoS and Associated Distribution Systems) is a web based Billing application being developed and tested over the past 2 years which has undergone 3 releases. This is a project of 2500 function points, which needs thorough testing to prove the requirements are being met by the application.

The DADS project chose the ‘T-Plan’ product suite to manage the entire testing activities, which includes the following:

  • Developing the ‘Test Cases’ and ‘Test Scripts’ in Ms-Word and then exporting into T-Plan;
  • Developing the ‘Test Data’ in Spreadsheets and linking to the Test Scripts;
  • Developing the ‘Test Schedules’ in T-Plan for test execution;
  • Monitoring ‘Test Execution’ progress;
  • Managing the ‘Incidents’;
  • Single repository for all project deliverables.

Based on the experience of using ‘T-Plan’ over the last two years, I would like to highlight the following features of ‘T-Plan’ and given a chance I would not hesitate to recommend others for using T-Plan for ‘Test Management’ activities.

  • Structured approach to defining the Test Cases;
  • Flexibility in defining the ‘Test Scripts’ as per user requirements;
  • Flexibility in defining and modifying the data in spreadsheets, which has a link to ‘Test Scripts’;
  • Flexibility in modifying the ‘Test Scripts’ during ‘Test Execution’ for later phases of testing;
  • Efficient ‘Incident Management’;
  • Easy for management reporting;
  • Timely support from the T-Plan ‘Customer Support’ team.

The DADS project team is thankful to ‘T-Plan’ for the product which is a great help for ‘Test Management’ activities.

Janaki B. Mishra
Test Manager

TCS [Tata Consultancy Services] Consultant for DADS project
UU

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nCode International Ltd

nCode International Ltd (nCode) would like to congratulate T-Plan on the release of their V5.0 product lines.

nCode is a leader in the development and provision of advanced software tools for the processing, reduction, and validation of engineering data. Increasingly, nCode is focusing on the provision of systems to manage the volumes of data and documentation generated during measurement, test, and analysis campaigns. nCode has been in business since 1982. The company is committed to the provision of best-in-class tools for signal processing, data reduction, durability, and the integration of these tools into systems that assist engineers in the development and testing of their products. nCode's vision is to provide its customers with the means for transforming data into useful information upon which business decisions can be made. This highly focused heritage has enabled nCode to accumulate an unmatched wealth of knowledge related to materials, analysis techniques, correlation, data management, and a host of other related topics.

Upon our first introduction to T-Plan, some 2 years ago, it became very apparent that it comprised a test management tool that would add significant value to the testing process adopted at nCode.

nCode's principal requirements at that time were :-

  • centralisation of all our test documentation
  • levy a risk-based framework around our testing practise
  • improve the simplicity with which tests are created and scheduled
  • implement full traceability between requirements & tests (based upon the V-Model)
  • integrate incident management within testing practise
  • obtain metrics at the push of a button
  • support a model of remote testing
  • excellent after-sales support

T-Plan had all the solutions. Indeed, compared with other market leaders it proved to be the product best suited to nCode's requirements and, quite virtuously, the most cost effective. nCode were impressed that the T-Plan product layered easily and effectively onto our software processes and products lines, which are predominantly of a high mathematical, scientific and engineering content (comprising an apparent departure from the product lines of the majority of T-Plan's customer base).

In V5.0 the T-Plan products have improved still further upon these requirements. In particular the introduction of steps has improved our ability to simplify test scheduling (and especially so for our remote testers).

nCode is a dynamic company that has always prided itself on the level of support it is capable of providing to its customers. It is pleasing to witness that T-Plan also regard customer support as key to their business enterprise. Over the 2 years in which T-Plan has been implemented at nCode, we have requested many enhancements to the software. The uptake and implementation of these requests has surpassed our reasonable expectation.

In 2002, nCode gratefully accepted an invitation from T-Plan to deliver a presentation at their user-group conference. These are forums in which T-Plan management, staff and their customers have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share examples of good practice. nCode now regard themselves as an integral member of the T-Plan community.

A final note of appreciation goes from nCode to their T-Plan account manager. It is our experience that T-Plan account managers are never more than a phone call away, they are always ready to listen and wherever possible accommodate - thus delivering 100% on our expectation of post-sales, customer support.

Mark A. Ashton
Test & Release Manager

nCode International Ltd

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International Securities Market Association (ISMA)
London Case Study

Industry /Market
The International Securities Market Association (ISMA) is the self-regulatory organisation and trade association for the international securities market.

The Challenge
ISMA's COREDEAL system needed to be audited by the FSA (Financial Services Authority) before they could launch their system.

Solution
Implementation of a Testing Methodology and Process, together with the T-Plan Product Suite.

Why T-Plan?

  • The T-Plan Product Suite supports a structured Testing Methodology and Process
  • Ability to show visibility and traceability of tests against regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to provide test coverage analysis of all levels of testing from requirements to test scripts to test execution.
  • The architecture of the T-Plan Product Suite provides a high degree of information reusability.

Results

  • COREDEAL passed the FSA Audit.
  • Regulation of the Process.
  • Reduction of Costs.
  • Reduction of Business Risk.

ISMA - Project COREDEAL

ISMA's initial usage of T-Plan Professional was prior to the launch of COREDEAL, the investment exchange for international debt-related securities. Stringent requirements were imposed upon ISMA in developing the system to ensure that it met the standards expected by its chosen regulator, the UK 's Financial Services Authority (FSA).

During the critical product launch of COREDEAL it quickly became apparent that the usage of T-Plan Professional could be embraced across the range of products and services being developed by ISMA. As a result, the improved structure provided by T-Plan Professional now underpins ISMA's testing in respect of a wide series of products - a case of well-deserved repeat business.

Initially, ISMA was using just the Test Management tool - T-Plan Professional. ISMA now also uses the Incident Management tool to allocate priorities to fixes as they are logged. The quality management reports generated by the incident management tool can be quickly and routinely circulated to the business teams within the company, enabling them to take well-founded decisions as to which issues are most critical in terms of requiring a solution before the launch of a new product or upgrade.

The introduction of a testing methodology and process across the product range is proving itself by saving time and resources. It has certainly brought tangible and considerable operational efficiencies for the people responsible for testing at ISMA - their workload is now far more orderly.
However, the benefits are wider. The structured framework offered by T-Plan has beneficial knock-on effects for the business as a whole. All of the testing ISMA's QA team does is now routinely referenced back to the original business requirements of a given product. This means that not only can ISMA quantify and qualify its testing against the actual needs of the business, but that the business specifications produced by its product developers are by necessity more detailed and more accurately prescriptive. As a result, products can be brought to market more quickly.

The thorough testing process brought by T-Plan also brings considerable further reassurance to ISMA in terms of reputation risk. Putting a product live in the secure knowledge that it has been properly and fully tested considerably reduces concerns about undiscovered bugs being released into a production environment.

COREDEAL provided by ISMA for the members of the COuncil of REporting DEALers is the electronic exchange for international debt-related securities owned by ISMA, major banks and securities houses.

ISMA's COREDEAL system needed to be audited by its chosen regulator, the UK 's Financial Services Authority (FSA) before implementing the system.

Whilst ISMA had previously used - and found satisfactory - its own, internally-developed testing regimes, the FSA clearly regarded T-Plan Professional as a quality management tool that would help provide a clear indication that COREDEAL met the standards required by the Authority. As a result, T-Plan Professional became the obvious candidate for ISMA to adopt as a QA management tool.

The key attractions of the T-Plan product suite were:

  • Capacity to support a structured testing methodology and process.
  • Ability to show visibility and traceability of tests against regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to provide test coverage analysis of all levels of testing - from requirements to test scripts to test execution.
  • Tool architecture provides a high degree of information reusability.

The FSA looked at the testing they were performing and prescribed 2 main requirements:

  1. The FSA imposed on ISMA a strict requirement to tie its testing back to COREDEAL's business requirements in order to ensure transparency in gauging exactly how many of the requirements had been tested.

  2. The regulator needed ISMA not only to be able to produce a list of errors / incidents that it had found, along with criticality etc., but also to be able to demonstrate how much test coverage had been achieved and to which aspect of the business requirements each incident related.

ISMA therefore needed to provide firm evidence to the FSA of the following:

  • The testing process for the COREDEAL system is under control.
  • Test Plans provide adequate coverage of the functionality of the system.
  • Traceability is demonstrable between source documentation (E.g. Functional Definition) and test documentation.
  • Where functional documentation is not present or inadequate, that this is identified and adequate test coverage is provided.
  • Non-functional testing requirements (E.g. Volume and Stress Testing) have measurable requirements that can be proven.
  • During the test execution phase, statistical evidence of testing progress can be provided showing conformance to the defined testing strategy, including progress against the agreed entry and exit criteria for each stage of testing.

T-Plan were called in to put a process in place. This involved:

  • Delivering a Test Strategy and Test Plan.
  • Implementing T-Plan Professional (Test Management Tool).
  • Production of a central requirements repository in T-Plan Professional for all documentation relevant to the testing life-cycle.
  • Populating the Test Management Tool (T-Plan Professional) with the tests that ISMA had already created and relating these back to requirements. The statistics feature in T-Plan Professional was then able to demonstrate test coverage.
  • Assessment of Business Risk to areas of the system in order to measure impact of change and also to analyse testing coverage against critical areas of the system.
  • Consolidation of all test results in a central repository in T-Plan Professional, with therefore the ability to link and measure passes and failures back to original requirements.

Result:

The end result was that ISMA passed the FSA audit and COREDEAL went live.

Visit ISMA @ www.isma.co.uk

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Musgrave Budgens Londis
United Kingdom

Budgens have been a firmly established community food retailer for over 125 years and is recognised for its excellent FRESH food, FRIENDLY staff & VALUE for money.

'The Support at T-Plan has been very good. If we have a query, they are very fast to respond and always very helpful. Overall, T-Plan has been a great investment for Budgens'

Mark Earl
IT Project Analyst

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Carter Holt Harvey Forests
New Zealand

Carter Holt Harvey is one of Australasia's leading wood fibre products companies.

It is a business with diverse interests across a wide range of areas. These include wood products, tissue, forestry, pulp and paper and manufacturing, as well as packaging, information technology, venture capital and human resources.

'Our project is on time, on budget and the steering committee has been impressed with the project and the thorough approach.

I presented an overview of the tool and how we are going to use it to the project team. So far, feedback from the consultants has been good:

  • "It looks a good tool"
  • "I'm glad we're not doing this in word documents and spreadsheets"
  • "Good choice"
  • "It is powerful"

And for my part:

  • I feel in a position where I should be able to readily report to management on our position
  • That the testers can clearly see what is required and are set to work in a self monitoring way
  • That I can focus on value adding activities

So thanks for your help in getting it going!!'
Anna Tyler

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Telstra
Client Story from PlanIT Australia

Controlled IT development maintains competitive edge

BT Portfolio Services (formerly known as Bankers Trust Australia) is one of Australia's most respected financial institutions. Key to the success of BT Portfolio Services is its ability to quickly adapt to the increasingly sophisticated needs of the market. Underpinning this success has been the introduction of best practice testing to the development and deployment effort with assistance from Planit.

The Business Challenge

BT Portfolio Services provides business critical financial solutions in an increasingly competitive market. BT Portfolio Services' Delivery Centre supports a complex network of multi-platform applications ranging from Mainframe through various Windows NT client/server systems finally linking to multiple web based front ends.

To create and sustain a competitive edge BT Portfolio Services sought to decentralise testing across multiple locations and evaluate the opportunity to automate where beneficial. Of paramount importance was controlling the technology changes from development to production through:

  • Data Stability - preventing the loss of data and code
  • Improved Audit Trails - meeting the stringent needs of the bank's internal auditors
  • Higher Service Levels - allowing the teams to meet the increased needs of developers and users alike
  • Overall Cost Benefit - justify the investment

Why T-Plan?

Planit has a proven track record in providing corporate cost-saving test solutions. After much analysis and evaluation BT Portfolio Services selected Planit to provide a test management solution to satisfy requirements and produce measurable benefits.

The Solution

BT Portfolio Services relies on a variety of products and support services from Planit.

T- Plan Professional ensures in-built Quality Assurance of existing test material and the functionality exercised. T- Plan Professional is used within BT Portfolio Services to provide overall test/development process management with a more structured, visible and cost effective approach to testing. From the earliest stage of implementation significant benefits were realised in the identification of gaps and duplication in the existing test pack.

A BT Financial Group staff usability study confirmed TTP's undeniable success in its appeal to testers and managers alike through ease of use and support.

An important factor in implementing T-Plan Professional was Planit's impressive service and support record. Planit trained the team in generic testing principles to ensure a consistent approach to testing best practice and all users were then trained in the best use of T-Plan Professional. Planit continue to provide on going specialist test education training to BT Portfolio Services/Financial Group.

The Benefits

  • Control over test material and the flow of information
  • Reduced time spent testing
  • Reduced costs of testing resource
  • Quality control over deliverables
  • Gap analysis provides a framework for test best practice

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Telstra
Client Story from PlanIT Australia

Telstra is Australia's principal telecommunications company, one of Australia's largest corporations and one of the best-known brands in the country. Telstra offers a broad range of telecommunications and information services and is permitted to compete in all telecommunications markets throughout Australia.

The Business Challenge

Capitalising on growth opportunities, Telstra was determined to implement and enhance a number of new products and services for customers (including; MobileNet®, MessageBank®, Easycall®, Call Waiting, Call Forward and rolling out the CDMA mobile network.) To underpin this Telstra sought:

  • Accelerated 'time to market' efficiencies
  • Deployment of collaborative QA procedures across disparate projects
  • Improved internal productivity through enhanced information sharing
  • Return On Investment

Why T-Plan?

Planit has a proven track record in providing corporate test solutions. After an extensive selection & evaluation process, Telstra selected Planit to provide a test management solution to guarantee the successful implementation of their new products and services range.

The Solution

With an increasing reliance on technological solutions, Telstra implemented T-Plan to assist with the effective management of their testing within certain projects. T-Plan was chosen because it was able to store and support traceability of business requirements, rules and test cases for all stages of testing and the test teams and was considered to be the best product fit to automate the preferred Telstra testing methodology. The introduction of T-Plan also demonstrated appreciable cost savings on the testing effort.

"T-Plan is a great asset and adds value from a management point of view.
The tool's greatest value is the fact that it provides traceability back to requirements"
Murray Ranking, Testing Manager, Telstra OnAir

Key Benefits

  • Faster 'Time to Market' - re-useable test cases improved testing productivity by up to 30%
  • Demonstrated considerable cost savings on the testing effort and resource requirements
  • Improved quality of the product released through the use of a standardised, structured approach to testing
  • Able to support ALL levels of testing from Unit and String through to Business Process
  • Able to support ALL types of projects from client server through to web and e commerce
  • Scalability - able to support single user projects through to multiple users projects
  • Provides management with quantitative data on which to make critical project management decisions

"...It also showed us that a structured approach with
traceability and accountability is the way to go when testing software"
Michael Dawes - Release Manager - Rating & Finance Development - Telstra Core Billing & DboR

T-Plan was chosen by Telstra for a number of reasons:

  1. Ability to store and support traceability of business requirements, rules and test cases for the test teams.
  2. Test analysts could use T-Plan at the start of the development lifecycle during static testing of user requirement documentation.
  3. T-Plan can be applied to producing tests at all levels of a system development; acceptance tests, system tests, integration tests, module tests and unit tests.
  4. T-Plan could provide a return on investment through demonstrating considerable cost savings.

"T-Plan fully supports a structured approach to test planning and design,
it has actually helped us to consolidate process improvements introduced to a number of projects"
Daniel Tour, Team Leader, Test Consultancy Team, BP&I.

The implementation of T-Plan added such significant value to the project that a decision was taken to roll-out the T-Plan method and tool across other Customer Partnership Units. T-Plan is now the Standard Operating Equipment (SOE) favoured product within Telstra for Test Planning Management & Repository for NT Server & desktop platforms and is now used on over sixty diverse projects within Telstra from Core Billing to OnAir - mobiles, data, Internet and e-commerce applications.

"T-Plan is a sophisticated tool-set that provides significant benefits to projects committed
to implementing mature testing processes, and then introducing a tool that supports those processes.
... I've no doubt that this saved months of work by correcting problems before they even occurred"
Chris Warren, Team Leader, I&ES Tools, Telstra Business Unit Service Provision.

Permission granted for public use: January 2001.

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Melbourne IT
Client Story from PlanIT Australia

Melbourne IT Ltd supplies key software products and services, such as domain names and eCommerce solutions, required by companies entering the digital economy. Established in 1996 as a new subsidiary of the University of Melbourne, Melbourne IT has quickly grown to become a publicly listed global company.

Since its inception Melbourne IT has placed a firm emphasis on the reliability, scalability and quality of its eCommerce solutions. After a thorough investigation into the market, Melbourne IT chose to implement the test process management tool T-Plan Suite with the aim of decreasing the number of testing man hours through utilising reusable test packs.

Key Benefits

  • Ease of use of T-Plan Suite has enabled quick assimilation by users
  • Reusable test packs have resulted in a saving on test resources
  • Implementation of a standard testing process has resulted in faster time to market
  • Increased test coverage with a reduction in the time taken

T-Plan Suite is used at Melbourne IT, predominantly to provide a structured and manageable testing solution for Melbourne IT's core business - Internet Names WorldWide (INWW) which supplies domain names or "internet addresses" to the worldwide market. Internet Names WorldWide supplies country code domains such as com.au mainly to Australian companies and gTLD domains (.com, .net, .org) to Australian and International customers. As such INWW is a high profile division of Melbourne IT that requires comprehensive testing for each release.

Since early 1999 Melbourne IT have used T-Plan Suite on all successive testing projects. As a result Melbourne IT have been able to build a large repository of test assets.

"T-Plan has enabled us to rationalise a central repository for all tests create, as well as help formulate a formalised approach to testing as a whole. As a result, an increase in test coverage has been realised, but with a reduction in overall time taken to test. Utilisation of this product has also provided benefits to staff as an aid in learning more about the testing process undertaken within INWW; through enforcement of a structured approach to Test Analysis, Design, and Management staff have been able to identify and utilise the separate processes required for each of these areas needed".
SeanTwyford, Test and QA Manager, Melbourne IT

Permission granted for public use: December 2000.

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TGS Systems (Aristocrat)
Client Story from PlanIT Australia

Since its inception in 1985, TGS Systems has been at the forefront of supplying promotions and membership management systems to the club and hotel industry. Widely recognized for innovation and technical leadership, TGS Systems offers an extensive range of products and services that are used by over 40% of the market in NSW and the ACT.

TGS Systems values its reputation as a supplier of quality products. Ensuring that Computa Game, the market leading promotions and membership management product was firstly Y2K compliant and latterly quality assured was an essential requirement for TGS Systems to be able to assure its clients of a trouble-free entry into the new millennium and beyond.

Key Benefits

  • Software tested and proven to be Y2K compliant
  • Higher quality software released to market - with fewer calls to the helpdesk
  • Quicker time to market due to reusability of Test Material
  • Less post implementation support required
  • Auditable test process

The PlanIT/TGS Systems relationship has been ongoing since 1998. PlanIT was originally recommended to TGS by its then owners Tattersalls (another PlanIT client) to verify TGS Systems Computa Game promotional system as Y2K compliant. The relationship continues today now that TGS Systems is owned by TAB Limited and PlanIT have subsequently been involved in testing a number of functional and system releases.

"Proven Technology and Process"

The T-Plan Professional Test Management tool has been in use at TGS Systems firstly, for Y2K testing and subsequently because test material maintained in T-Plan is re-useable, the tool has been utilised on the major system release, and for ongoing TGS Systems development projects.

TGS Systems now has a large repository of test assets stored within T-Plan that saves significant time in regression testing.

"T-Plan have a proven technology and process which has contributed
substantially to the quality of delivered software".
Julien Paradis, Deployment Manager, TGS Systems

"Professionalism, Initiative, Quality and Responsiveness"

PlanIT have also provided consultancy and testing resource to TGS Systems on an on-going basis since 1998. Initially to ensure that the TGS Systems Computa Game product was Y2K compliant PlanIT devised a test strategy and a test plan and then worked closely with TGS Systems development staff during the test preparation and test execution phases.

"Many smaller IT companies will not realise the benefits of quality testing until they have implemented T-Plan Professional ".
Julien Paradis, Deployment Manager, TGS Systems

Permission granted for public use: August 2000.

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The Preston Group
Client Story from PlanIT Australia

The Preston Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company and provides leading simulation, decision support and scheduling systems for the global aviation industry. The Preston Group has developed advanced optimisation and visualisation technology, as well as industry expertise, to meet the needs of its customers through cost-effective aviation software and service solutions.

"T-Plan has been important to our successful testing. The testing of the port has come in on time & budget. Our requirements risk analysis provided great flexibility and control in our testing process. Testing is no longer an ad-hoc process - we are being pragmatic and everybody involved knows the trade-offs we are making. Business in the close of the century is becoming all about managing tight resourcing against company objectives. It is important to stay in control when such pressures are brought to bear. Implementing T-Plan Professional has provided us the maximum control and yielded the best result possible."
Mark Smith, a member of IEEE and Testing Manager at The Preston Group

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