Poor Quality Magnifies the Effects of a Recession for Software Development Organizations

A new white paper from Seapine Software provides steps for weathering trying economic times through an increased focus on quality

Mason, OH—September 10, 2008—According to Quality-Centric ALM in a Down Economy, a new white paper released by Seapine Software, companies can survive an economic downturn by increasing their focus on quality.

Seapine’s research shows that many organizations cut back on testing and QA activities in the rush to develop and release products. Releasing products regularly helps maintain mindshare, but ignoring quality to push software out the door results in:

  • Avoidable labor costs
  • Increased baseline costs
  • Delayed sales and lost revenue
  • Diminished reputation and market share
  • Regulatory non-compliance

Findings indicate that software quality often suffers because of one or more of the following:

  • Organizations assume that testing will find the problems.
  • Time to market is the key measurement for success.
  • QA is not involved from the beginning.
  • Developers only want to work on new features and leave quality up to the QA department.

The white paper includes research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Gartner Group, and the Seapine Software Quality-Ready Assessment. Along with that data, it provides ways to overcome the issues threatening software quality and thrive during a recession.

The Quality-centric ALM in a Down Economy white paper is available at www.seapine.com/downeconomy.

About Seapine Software
Seapine Software, Inc. is a privately held technology company whose application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions help companies manage the process of developing high-quality complex products—often in regulated industries. Our award-winning ALM solutions drive the creation of recognized brands, life-saving medical devices, even games of the year.

Founded in 1995, Seapine has headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Africa with over 8,500 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.seapine.com.

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