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Journal Issue
Volume 14 Issue 2, ICIME 2011 / Sep 2011  pp167‑281

Editor: Ken Grant

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Investigating the Factors Inhibiting SMEs from Recognizing and Measuring Losses From Cyber Crime in South Africa  pp167‑178

Gino Bougaardt, Michael Kyobe

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Assessing Information Management Competencies in Organisations  pp179‑192

Andy Bytheway

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IT Outsourcing in the Public Sector: Experiences Form Local Government  pp193‑203

Michael Cox, Martyn Roberts, John Walton

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Human Resources Transformation Beyond Boundaries in Outsourcing Business Model ‑ Expatriate Benchmarking  pp204‑215

Swathi Duppada, Rama Chandra Aryasri

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Assessing Future Value of Investments in Security‑Related IT Governance Control Objectives … Surveying IT Professionals  pp216‑227

Waldo Rocha Flores, Teodor Sommestad, Hannes Holm, Mathias Ekstedt

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The use of RFID and Web 2.0 Technologies to Improve Inventory Management in South African Enterprises  pp228‑241

Sizakele Mathaba, Nomusa Dlodlo, Andrew Smith³, Mathew Adigun

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A Framework for Enhancing the Information Systems Innovation: Using Competitive Intelligence  pp242‑253

Phathutshedzo Nemutanzhela, Tiko Iyamu

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Mitigating the Impact of Software Test Constraints on Software Testing Effectiveness  pp254‑270

Grafton Whyte, Donovan Lindsay Mulder

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Abstract

Software testing is the one of the primary methods used in the validation and verification of output in the software development industry. It is seen as a key method for achieving software quality, reliability, fitness for purpose and customer satisfaction. Software testing is however an expensive process accounting for as much as 50% of the cost of developing software based systems. In recent years, software testing as a discipline has come under pressure due to time, cost and skills constraints. These constraints impact negatively upon software test effectiveness. Therefore it is critical to identify and implement test tools that reduce the negative impact of software test constraints on software test effectiveness. In this paper the researchers examines some of the most popular software testing tools such as test case prioritisation, test suite reduction and test selection criteria, to identify: Which individual test tools are most likely to yield optimal test effectiveness and, Which combination of test tools is most likely to yield optimal test effectiveness and mitigate the effect of test constraints An extensive review of the software testing literature was conducted and used to construct a survey instrument as the basis for examining the impact of test constraints on software test methodology. The survey was issued to expert software test practitioners from various locations globally; the sample consisted of 43 test cases. The main findings were that no one approach to testing would yield satisfactory results but a combination of two or more test types from Automated testing, Smoke testing, Test case prioritisation and Regression test selection could yield effective software testing results and mitigate the effects of test constraints. 

 

Keywords: software test tools, software test effectiveness, software test constraints, test selection methodology, test case selection criteria

 

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Adding Action to the Information Audit  pp271‑281

Huan Vo-Tran

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