The Cost of Standards Compliance – What to ask your Vendor

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Author: Matt Davis, QA Systems

Industry leaders want to produce high quality, safety compliant embedded software in the most cost-effective way. However, complying with software safety standards is a complex and time-consuming process. In order to verify code according to any major software safety standard, a certifiable/qualifiable tool is required to ensure that bugs are found early in the development lifecycle. Bi-directional requirements coverage is required by all major software safety standards and this is a labour-intensive process if done manually or without guidance. As a result, tool vendors should provide high level support for developers and evidence that the tool has been certified by an independent certification body. For standards such as DO178B/C which do not permit pre-certification of tools, evidence required on the tool qualification process should be provided with suitable guidance instead. 

This presentation will cover how test automation and requirements traceability reduces the effort  involved in achieving standards compliance. Information will also be provided on what to expect from a vendor in terms of certification evidence and guidance and what the cost benefits are from choosing the right vendor. From this, attendees will leave with the right set of questions to challenge their vendor with to ensure that they minimize cost and that their code is safety standard compliant.

Quality and Reliability - Weds 26th September 15.20 - 15.45

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Matt started his professional career in software quality assurance at IPL - a leading independent UK software and systems house. As a qualified software auditor, he worked for 5 years on multi-million pound projects from business critical telecoms to safety critical systems. Since 1996 he developed and globally marketed embedded unit and integration testing solutions for a diverse range of business safety-critical customers. He left IPL as Products Partner Manager to join QA Systems with the acquisition of the testing products business unit in 2012. In 2015 Matt was appointed Managing Director of QA