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Original Software releases TestPLAN 1.3

Original Software releases TestPLAN 1.3


Original Software, creator of testing solutions for iSeries UAT and QA teams, has announced the release of version 1.3 of TestPLAN. A powerful test planning and management utility for IBM iSeries, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle, TestPLAN has already seen substantial success since its launch in September 2003.

TestPLAN offers users the ability to control and run major elements of the testing process from within a test plan for much more efficient use of testing and development resources. With TestPLAN, QA, UAT and development teams can communicate with each other directly on common tasks. This is achieved by enabling testers to add document files, images files (eg screenshots) and even data files to a task or defect – information that will help the development team understand and recreate a problem more easily.

"We have been delighted with the response to TestPLAN," says Colin Armitage, CEO of Original Software. "In its first three months TestPLAN attracted 30 customers in six countries and enquiries from over 100 more companies across the globe. This is true testimony to the product's universal appeal and relevance.

"Our product development program is always heavily influenced by the needs of the users. Having a user base of this size so early in TestPLAN's lifecycle has enabled Original Software to build on the product's success very quickly, resulting in the release of TestPLAN version 1.3."

Version 1.3 of TestPLAN extends the product functionality in key areas, such as: the ability to copy, cut and paste part or all of a test plan; automatic launching of multiple test scripts using Original Software's PC products (TestDRIVE, TestGUI & TestWEB); the ability to append and work with script results and variable data within a plan; a wider range of report layout options; and detailed, cross-plan search and edit functions.

TestPLAN is compatible with Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and IBM DB2 databases. This is significant because on these platforms all plan data is stored centrally on the database so it can be accessed and updated by all authorised members of the QA, testing and development teams.

In its strongest configuration, TestPLAN integrates with many of the major components of Original Software's world-leading test suite for the IBM iSeries, TestBench for iSeries. Users of TestBench can now use TestPLAN to launch test data cases, file compare processes and much more. This capability makes TestPLAN a lynchpin for the entire testing process for iSeries users.

TestPLAN version 1.3 is available immediately from Original Software on a concurrent user based price plan.

About Original Software
Headquartered in the U.K., The Original Software Group was founded in 1997 to develop, market and support a range of productivity solutions, initially for the IBM iSeries (AS/400) platform and latterly for Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. The company sells direct worldwide and has North American headquarters based in Chicago, IL. It has also forged a number of distribution agreements in Europe and North America. Burberry, Coca Cola, DHL, HMV, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Nike and Sony are among the companies to benefit from Original Software's approach to iSeries software testing. Original Software is an IBM Developer Business Partner. Test us out now at

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