According to a 2003 survey conducted by Jenkins Group, Inc., a Michigan publishing services firm, 81 percent of Americans would like to write a book. And, although it appears that a similar study about writing articles has never been done, it's probably safe to say that a fairly large number of people have entertained the thought of writing for a magazine as well. There are certainly enough books on the subject to back up this theory, as well as support the 2003 survey's findings; a recent search for books on writing at Amazon.com returned an astonishing 149,911 hardback and paperback titles.
The challenges faced by midsize businesses remain daunting. Weak markets, competitive pressures, cost-reduction mandates, and demands for greater operating efficiency and productivity are the norm in most industries. In many, globalization continues.
Information technology has become central to meeting these challenges. Even relatively small organizations now have enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI), e-commerce, and other state-of-the-art systems. The number of "must have" solutions continues to expand.
With a good set of tools, you can do more testing with less effort and lower the costs and risks of application modification.
Written by Steve Kilner
As a long-time developer, I have to confess that there is no aspect of software development I dislike more than testing. The curse is a blessing, however, in that I have worked hard to develop testing methods that achieve maximum benefit with minimal effort. I manage projects by the following maxims: