Deliverable D8.4 Market analysis of SOA testing: Final version, has been delivered

The aim of deliverable 8.4 is to conclude the work done during the three years of MIDAS project by presenting MIDAS socio-economic impacts.  Chapter 1 describes the project and defines the purpose and the structure of the document.

Chapter 2 defines the impact assessment methodology. Particularly this section describes all the phases of the impact assessment: it describes MIDAS main beneficiaries (that are SOA providers, SOA buyers and society as a whole); it identifies the main areas of impacts and introduces the indicators and variables used in the analysis. The methodology discussed in the previous deliverables (D8.1 and D8.2) has been adapted to the progresses of the project and is here described in its updated and final version.

Chapter 3 summarizes the pilots’ experience in the supply chain management and in the health services sector. The experience of another partner of the project in charge of the TTCN-3 component is also reported.

Chapter 4 contains all the results of the impact assessment both from a quantitative perspective and from a qualitative one.
The assessment results show that at the time of writing it is not possible to derive a conclusive assessment in terms of time and cost saving induced by the adoption of MIDAS but it is possible to estimate the improvement in terms of quality of the testing processes and number of test cases generated and executed, which are promising. It is also possible to affirm that during the pilot it was possible to produced models that will generate thousands of test that would not be performed adopting traditional approaches. The MIDAS concept was also shown to external observers expert in the field of testing. All experts agreed on the innovative contribution of the project in the field. Particularly, it was appreciated the modular work that makes MIDAS very flexible to adapt to several services. Moreover, the cloud it is seen as a great advancement to reduce costs in hardware even if it can include some concern about security from the prospective of the final users.

Chapter 5 is dedicated to main conclusions. Here the main benefits of using MIDAS are summarised and the questions driving the impact assessment find, at least partially, an answer.