and Software Testing Services
Angels offer a wide range of
services to assist your on-line business. We can provide in-depth
reviews of internet sites and software, in particular, to ensure that
companies can obtain real consumer feedback and opinions before a
product goes live.
test your website and software on a range of systems and under various
circumstances, as well as blind testing for maximum user
friendliness. If you provide a manual, we can provide proof-reading and
nearly 20 years experience of testing software from a users point of
view, we are amazed at the standard of some of the software and
websites available, which are inefficiently coded and include errors
(bugs) at the time of release. Many people claim that this is
because there is no budget for software testing and they would rather
release a program and await customer feedback. The other main
response is to say that you should do something according to the
manual, which is not necessarily the most natural method of performing
a certain task.
that this is short-sighted - many users will not complain about
software and simply do not use it if they find a specific error, rather
all they do is complain about it to their friends and bulletin
boards. Certainly if you are operating a web based business and
errors appear when viewing pages, many of your customers will lose
confidence in your service and look elsewhere, no matter how keen your
software and referrals to web sites tend to rely mainly on people
recommending it to their friends and colleagues, so if you provide a
product which fails to impress the user with look and feel, you will
lose a large percentage of your possible market. Remember - a
poor reputation spreads more quickly than a good one.
example of poor programming, we have come across one Ad removal tool
which always downloads its update files over the internet, even if you
already have the latest files. This tends to lead to user
frustration and confusion, since it ties up some of their system
resources whilst it downloads already existing files. In this
instance, it is essential that this function operates correctly and
quickly, otherwise it will tend to prevent users from bothering with
the update function.
software testing rates start at £50 per hour which would include
an overview of the user interface and manual, a test of the main
features of the program, and installation/removal tools, as well as a
detailed report on any errors or suggested improvements.
regularly come across web sites which do not work in all of the major
internet browsers (Netscape, Opera, AOL and Internet Explorer) or which
even destroy their own windows when the user clicks on a link. Of
slightly less importance are websites which do not display or work
correctly on beta versions of browsers - although you do need
reassurance that once the final version is released and in wide
circulation, that the problems with your web site will not appear.
We put our
programming experience to good use, by suggesting (and programming)
methods by which the websites can be kept up to date more readily
(rather than relying solely on human intervention) and provide website
analysis data. We can test your web site using automated
tools, such as internet robot simulators which can check links and warn
you when links used within your website have expired or no longer work
correctly (unlike some link checkers, we do not rely solely on standard
error codes, but user defined warnings too).
normally suggest strategies for improving any poor elements within your
web site and provide guidance on how to make it more appealing to a
wider market audience and providing reassurance to your visitors.
rates start at £50 for a review of a short website, including
marketing reports and comments on how to improve your search engine
rankings (if we cannot make any recommendations, then the fee is
Internet Business Angels team draws from
a breadth of experience in a host of different fields, as follows:
15 years experience, including 68000 machine code
programming, C, Perl, PHP, HTML
coding, BASIC, SCADA and PLC real-time programming
12 years experience, who has written both for
web-sites and various top magazines - works include software and
hardware reviews, as well as beginner's guides, press releases,
programmers guides, functional design specifications and general
16 years experience of testing a wide range of
software packages from an end-user point of view, and providing
in-depth reports on problems identified, how to replicate them, ideas
for improvements and often providing suggested code to rectify the
Solicitor of 4 years standing with a wide experience of conveyancing
and property law, commercial law, trusts, probate and drafting
contracts and Wills.
years experience, writing functional design
specifications, program workflows and end user manuals, including a
hefty 1000+ page guide to programming in SuperBASIC.
Processing Skills including use of several word processors and other
documentation packages, including Word, Excel and Access.
workings of computers and the skills to build and repair
Years general office administration experience, including use of office
equipment, word processing, maintaining and devising review systems,
implementing health and safety reporting systems, letter writing,
database and telephone skills.
organisational skills used to create reports, agendas and minutes for
Board meetings and reduce the number of errors contained in all reports.
and taxation systems in the UK with experience
of administering trusts up to £1m, including bank
reconciliations, accounts, tax returns and forecasts.