Several Test Engineers work for over 6 years to provide regression-testing
services for several commercial release of the various range
of products. To ensure that addition of new features have
not adversely impacted existing features, test plans are written
for each release and automated using customer proprietary
Test execution, automation and maintenance tools used to enhance
the regression tests have resulted in increased productivity
thereby enhancing the quality of the product by capturing
defects early. Verification services have also result in an
overall QA cost reduction.
Our Software Quality Management solutions help clients analyze
software artifacts and fix flaws throughout the entire development
or integration processes, using metrics to improve quality
and productivity on current and future projects. UpStream Solutions Data
Systems has top-notch people. They have great skills not only
in developing the testing, but they also have an art form
around using the standard tools that are out there."
For more than a decade, our Software Quality Management (SQM)
solutions have helped Global companies dramatically increase
software security and reliability while boosting productivity
and mitigating the business risks of software failure. Simply
stated, we improve "speed-to-quality" during the
software development and integration processes
Unmatched Expertise Delivers Exceptional
Our best-of-breed solutions are delivered
by highly skilled professionals with in-depth industry experience.
By analyzing software artifacts, fixing flaws throughout development
or integration, and improving processes for subsequent projects,
UpStream Solutions's specially trained experts deliver value through:
Leading-Edge Research Fuels Technical Excellence
The powerful technologies and strategies
behind UpStream Solutions's SQM solutions are the result of the groundbreaking
work conducted at UpStream Solutions, our award-winning research facility.
UpStream Solutions is the foremost research facility devoted exclusively
to software quality.
“Assure the Quality. Improve the Process.”
By combining risk management, software measurement
and software process improvement, UpStream Solutions's SQM Solutions
help companies drive down the cost of producing quality software.
reliability, security and performance;
implementing continual software
development processes improvements;
mitigating the business risks
inherent in software development, deployment and
providing a quality-based context
for determining application readiness.
Whatever the complexity, we always adapt
our services so they fit into our client's world. And its
this ability to create new tailored service offerings quickly
from our standard service elements that allows us to keep
adding value to our clients as their business and environment
Sometimes we deliver a service as a stand alone service
block : a performance test of a new
SAP implementation or a UAT training course for business
analysts in fixed assets.
More often, we combine our services to build more complex
combinations, such as an outsourced testing service
for a large change programme or a testing transformation
service across an organisation.
On many programmes and large projects, testing
will take up a significant portion of the budget. But it will
receive less management attention than an activity of this
size warrants. At UpStream Solutions, we help programme and project managers
define what they want to achieve from testing, deliver the
testing benefits and maximize the return on the resources
And testing is not just about reducing risk - it is also about
increasing control. By aligning the testing objectives with
the business objectives and by increasing the effectiveness
of testing both can be delivered.
testing expertise in the contractual definitions for
the system or service and the acceptance processes can
significantly reduce the delivery risks
objective and accurate information on risks, issues
and milestones throughout the project lifecycle can
significantly increase control.
And this clarity enables
managers to make informed and timely choices as the project
proceeds. Effective testing services improve the outcome and
the journey to create it.
Performance Testing Services
Performance problems in operational IT systems
and software applications are costly both in terms of business
disruption and remedial work. These issues tend to go undetected
prior to launch because of the difficulty of conducting realistic
We have created our Performance Testing Service to address
this problem before you launch. Through the use of proven,
advanced techniques, a structured testing approach and appropriate
performance testing tools, we will reduce the risks of performance
failure for new or enhanced applications.
Our performance testing service elements include:
||Load and stress testing
||Scalability and volume
||Endurance and soak testing
||Performance testing tool evaluation
||Performance monitoring and tuning
Software Testing Automation
Industry analysts predict that during the
second half of this decade, increases in software testing
activity will be fuelled by software testing automation. Automated
testing tools have matured and ROI to a state where ROI (return
on investment) need no longer be a pipe dream.
This will allow more people to be engaged in software test
automation with better testing tools. Yet there are still
far too many programmes where automation is not delivering
on this promise. The main drivers seem to be inflated expectations
created by unrealistic ROI in business cases; poor planning
and management; and poor skills in implementing the automated
It is important to consider automation of the test environment
as early as possible and design it into the system from the
outset. It's also important to recognise that automation is
not appropriate for every project or for all testing on any
We can help you achieve this balance so that the benefit from
test automation at the right time and in the right way.
When designing for automation, some of the pitfalls to avoid
be dogmatic and automate everything. You need to be
selective and concentrate on common and repetitive tasks
sure the ROI is realistic. The costs can be high in
the short term and initially outweigh the benefits.
It is key that credible payback on investment is calculated.
Make sure that
the staff have suitable levels of skill and experience.
If you're using some types of automated tool this can
reduce the required skill level across all the testing
test scripts and data driven testing to improve the
parameterisation of the solution.
Our usability testing services will help you design your products
and services with your customers at the forefront of your
We identify how people interact with your product or service,
||What they find difficult
or easy to use
||How long tasks take and
how accurately they are completed
||How users feel about the tasks they
||How much users can recall about the
To support this form of testing
we use test labs, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) on websites,
interactive television, wireless and mobile devices providing
expertise at all stages throughout the development lifecycle.
By making the product more efficient to use, your customers
or users will take less time to accomplish a particular task,
and find it easier to learn and satisfying to use. Often the
way that users actually interact with the product identifies
defects that have remained undetected.
Network Infrastructure Testing
As important as understanding if an application performs as
expected is understanding if the network infrastructure performs
as expected. To meet this need we have developed dedicated
network testing services.
These services are aimed at determining how well the network
and infrastructure will cope with change. Our testing services
are tailored for different scenarios, such as:
||Introducing new applications
or new services
||Increasing the existing
user population or transaction throughput
||Iroubleshooting by locating and resolving
problems with the network or infrastructure
||Rationalising the existing infrastructure
We also provide services aimed at addressing
problems identified by the testing. These include: improving
network performance monitoring and tuning and enhancement,
infrastructure design and management and server based computing
Our security testing services
In partnership with specialist security
companies, we also offer a range of security services to
help you address issues that arise from security tests.
These services include:
||Developing security policies
and security procedures
||Independent advice on
security tools, services and applications
||Designing and implementing a secure
||Wireless network security
If you've ever migrated to new software
applications or converted from one IT platforms or infrastructures
to another you'll be aware of the risks in this activity.
Fear of these risks results in many businesses remaining
with legacy systems, unable to take advantage of the rapid
advances in technology and IT products and systems.
For those organisations that do migrate
their IT solutions or business data there is a balance to
be struck between the time and cost it takes to move and
the risks involved. Since most companies aren't constantly
migrating applications and infrastructures they are usually
short of staff with the necessary skills and experience.
We have developed our migration testing
services to meet this need. This approach has been proven
to work in different business environments and is independent
of technology or application type. One of the key elements
of a successful data migration is the conversion of the
business data into the required format. This data is often
extremely valuable and needs to be treated accordingly.
It is also often incomplete, inconsistent or inaccurate
so data clean-up is a key element of data migration. Our
risk based approach ensures that the critical data conversion
is prioritised by the impact and likelihood of failure.
Website Testing and other Test Lab Services
Many applications need to be tested to
ensure they behave as expected when run over a plethora
of different technologies, different media and different
end user terminals and environments. This requires a well
provisioned test lab staffed with experts in hardware and
software configuration who understand how to test quickly
Acutest offers a host of lab testing services including:
Our testing transformation services enable
you to maximise the value you derive from testing. As with
all our services it's designed for test reduction: reducing
the time spent testing, the cost of testing and the risks
to going live.
Identifying and mandating good practice is not enough, You
also need to tackle why programmes and projects fail in
testing services, why test process improvement is inadequate
on its own, and how you can overcome the pejorative view
people often have of testing which itself can stifle progress.
Our approach enables you to achieve dramatic and lasting
improvements in all four elements of our test transformation
framework. The improvement is dependent only upon your ambition
and extent of change you'll endorse.
Our experts, technology and in-depth industry
experience allow us to analyze software artifacts and fix
flaws throughout the entire software lifecycle. Relevant
findings are then applied to improve quality and productivity
on current and future projects. Among the benefits to clients:
reduced late-lifecycle testing costs, identification of
cost take-out opportunities, and increased confidence that
release schedules and quality goals will be met. UpStream Solutions
SQM Solutions are aligned under the following areas:
Driven by software-induced business risk analysis
and software-related metrics, these solutions
ensure overall quality, security, reliability
and application readiness.
Improvement: UpStream Solutions offers enterprise-level
software development process improvement programs
that leverage SQM while increasing productivity
on current and future projects.
The true measure of "quality"
for software is an application's ability to effectively
support business goals and operations. In today's computer-oriented
business environment-with business continuity a top priority-software
must work. Unfortunately, application-release decisions
are often based solely on budget and schedule concerns,
with no regard to quality. This approach is no longer sufficient
and actually creates additional software-induced business
risks. UpStream Solutions Assurance Solutions balance traditional budget-and-schedule
concerns with the need to achieve business-appropriate levels
of software security, reliability and performance by focusing
on risk analysis and software-related metrics. This ensures
overall quality within established budgets and schedules.
Ultimately, if software is not designed to be secure, it
is vulnerable to malicious attack from both outside and
within your organization. UpStream Solutions Software Security Solutions
are based on a proactive approach to software security,
ensuring that software is built to be secure from the ground
up. One popular myth about software security is that it
can be simply "bolted-on" to an existing application
by beefing up the perimeter. This approach, however, leaves
applications vulnerable to infrastructure software failures
and insider attacks. Starting with an understanding of business
objectives and security requirements, UpStream Solutions Assurance
Solutions ensure that security and reliability are designed
into the software and thoroughly tested and measured throughout
the development lifecycle. This not only decreases the risk
of applications being compromised after a perimeter security
breach but also ensures protection against infrastructure
failures and insider attacks.
Assurance: Helps clients deliver quality
software on time and on budget.
Assurance: Helps clients assure that
software does not have security vulnerabilities
Software Best Practices: Helps clients improve
information security from the inside-out, rather than
relying solely on perimeter defenses (e.g., firewalls
and other network security mechanisms) to protect
vital software applications.
Assurance: Helps clients assure the quality
and security of outsourced/offshore software.
||Packaged Software Validation:
Helps clients ensure the successful integration of third-party
software (i.e., "COTS") applications.
Compliance: Helps clients ensure compliance
with regulatory mandates (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA,
Gramm-Leach-Bliley) through software audits.
Software Process Improvement Solutions
In order to live up to their implied promise, effective
software process improvement programs must combine the rigor
of enterprise-level SQM with the disciplines of decreasing
development costs and time-to-market. UpStream Solutions provides a
variety of Software Process Improvement Solutions that make
this promise attainable within the everyday world of deadlines,
budget cuts and constantly changing requirements. UpStream Solutions's
measurement-based approach allows for the identification
and removal of inefficiencies and rework from software development
processes while maintaining or increasing business-appropriate
levels of software quality. By auditing clients' processes
against industry standards (e.g., CMM, ISO) and best practices
(e.g., RUP, XP), UpStream Solutions helps clients understand and improve
the ways in which their standards and practices contribute
to the goals of increased quality and productivity and decreased
costs. UpStream Solutions Software Process Improvement Solutions allow
companies to go beyond simply collecting project-management
data to leveraging decision-support systems based on software