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Quality of testing affects every aspect of life: MSTB

AvantiKumar | April 8, 2010
Malaysia's third annual SOFTEC conference announced

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 APRIL 2010 -- Quality testing is critical and affects every area of life, according to Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB), which says it is on track to make Malaysia a software testing hub.

"The importance of quality testing is highlighted by cases such as the US$16 million penalty case brought by the US transportation department against carmaker Toyota," said MSTB president Mastura Abu Samah, during the announcement of Malaysia's third annual Software Testing Conference (SOFTEC2010).

Malaysia is on target to be a testing hub in order to offer quality testing that enhances all points in life where technology touches us, said Mastura. In terms of human resources, at the inaugural conference in 2008, there were 93 qualified testers in Malaysia, now there are 600, and our goal is to have 10,000 in five years' time.

"In addition, members from the private and public sectors, members from 52 countries of the ITSQB [International Software Testing Qualifications Board] will also be in Malaysia for the Summer 2010 General Assembly, the first to be held in Malaysia, which shows the increasing role that the country can play in this vital sector," she said.

SOFTEC10 is targeting professionals, students, business managers, and academia, in order to help achieve that goal, she said, adding that the event, themed 'Bridging the Gap', is to be held at Crowne Plaza Mutiara hotel on 19-21 July.

The conference is supported by Malaysian government agencies such as the ministry of science, innovation and technology (MOSTI), Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM), and the department of standards, she said.

MSTB is a national body that represents industry interests in promoting Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and software testing as a profession. As a member of ISTQB, MSTB leads the accreditation process and certification regulations for the Malaysian software testing industry aligned to ISTQB programmes that are internationally recognised.


 Launch of Q-Merit awards

The working papers to be presented at SOFTEC 2010 would include those by industry experts returning by popular demand such as Rex Black (US), past president of ISTQB; Dave Miler (US), vice president of FedEx; Bernard Homes (France) from TESSCO; Sigrid Eldh (Sweden) from Sony Ericsson; Lee Copeland (US) from Software Quality Engineering; and Professor Jasbir Dhaliwal (US), head of the System Testing Excellent Programme (STEP), University of Memphis, Mastura said.

In addition, SOFTEC 2010 will also introduce the Q-Merit award that recognises individuals and organisations that practise and play a significant role in promoting an understanding, acceptance, and application of software testing among the industry, government, and academia fraternities, said Mastura.

The chief aim of the Q-Merit award is to encourage business and government bodies to subscribe to software testing as part of their essential process and procedures towards achieving quality assurance for their products and services, she said, adding that participation is open to all Malaysian nationals and organisations.

Participants are required to submit a report in not less than 1,500 words, in Bahasa Malaysia or English, on the challenges in adopting software testing in Malaysia, said Mastura. Participants are required to showcase products or services that successfully deploy the software testing process, including approaches and methodologies, challenges and innovations, and leadership and management.

To further strengthen software testing promotion, strategic partnerships have been formed between MSTB and industry leaders such as IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, and HP, she said.