COMPUTER software industry, BUSINESS enterprises, and COMPUTER industry
Reports on growth in systems performance modeling software industry by a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based market research firm Daratech Inc. Possible reasons for growth in the sector; Reasons for investments in digital prototyping technology.
Computer Weekly. 4/20/2004, p30-31. 2p. 1 Color Photograph.
COMPUTER software industry, PRODUCT management, RAPID prototyping, INFORMATION technology, BUSINESS enterprises, and ORIGINAL equipment manufacturers
Although companies may feel that acting as a testing site for a supplier's new product may be too risky to their business, firms must weigh this up against time they will spend testing for the advantages to be gained from customised software. Although becoming a beta site may seem a risky choice, many companies that have taken part have experienced many advantages, from customised advancements to their IT systems to savings from personalised software. One company that has acted as a beta site is Evans Vanadine, a family-run business that manufactures hygiene products and agricultural disinfectants. For the supplier, the ability to garner ideas from customers about how their products should develop is a key benefit of running a beta programme. These can also be used to test specific features that have already been developed. In addition, suppliers may use a single beta site to provide a proof-of-concept environment for a product which has been tested under laboratory conditions, but which needs to be shown to work when faced with user requirements. INSETS: Case study: Chapman Taylor;What to ask before becoming a beta site.