Production Test Management Software -- Build or Buy?: A Financial Comparison Using TestStand 2.0Software for running a production test system is the control center for automated manufacturing organizations. This software, often referred to as a test executive, must meet demanding requirements for performance, flexibility, and connectivity to be effective. Today, especially in the highly competitive consumer electronics, telecommunications, and automotive markets, many manufacturing organizations realize that a test executive can be a key competitive edge. As manufacturing technologies improve to meet larger production volumes and quality standards tighten to deliver higher yields with less rework, the test executive software controlling the entire system has become a critical component. Weighing these factors, production managers and test engineers do not make the test executive software decision lightly. This paper outlines some of the specific factors involved in defining a test software strategy and reviews the advantages and disadvantages between building your own test executive system and buying a software product to handle these requirements.
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