Discuss the issues involved in testing large ICT systems?

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I need help answering this please :)

Posted Tue 5th June, 2012 @ 17:07 by Nathan

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I'm guessing this is probably one of the really long essay questions that we have to answer, usually worth about eleven marks?

I think the general way to go about it is to make sure that there is an introduction and conclusion, and make sure you don't cover too many topics. You just need to expand lots.

For example, you could say:

"There is an issue involved in testing large ICT systems because of the time constraints, costs and environment."

Or, you could expand and be like:

 "Time is an issue when testing large ICT systems because by the time the large system has been thoroughly tested, the user requirements might have changed. Not meeting the user requirements will render the whole ICT system useless as the main purpose of the system is to ensure that it fulfils the needs of the organisation using it. This will then have a knock-on effect on the security of the system because to complete the testing on time, either more testers are needed or the testing has to be less thorough, leaving the ICT system open and vulnerable to security breaches if more people have access to it or if the testing process is rushed."

Something like that.

I'm guessing issues would be things like: Costs, Time, Consistency of Tests, How 'deep' the tests are.

Hope this helps, sorry I can't write more. :)

Answered Thu 7th June, 2012 @ 23:22 by Former Member
Edited by Former Member on Thu 7th June, 2012 @ 23:26
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You could mention something about compatibility issues with existing hardware and software when implementing a new system. This would be relevant if only part of the system is replaced. May lead to extra cost, staff frustration and perhaps?

Answered Mon 11th June, 2012 @ 18:03 by Peasy
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I know its a bit late for this year's preparation but for further planning... Because the question specifies "LARGE" ICT systems, test harnessing, volume testing, scalability testing and multi-platform testing would need to be discussed to get top marks.

Answered Thu 14th June, 2012 @ 17:26 by Mss Tee