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Certification Test Process

Certification Test Approach

The External Test environments are available for scheduled testing efforts only. Any testing that requires processing of data transmitted between OCC and an external party also requires some measure of application level setup, as well as initiating and monitoring the applicable processes associated to those activities.

Scoping

To facilitate the number and frequency of test requests received in an efficient manner, Technical Certification Services will work with the external party to fully scope out the details for each testing effort in advance of the test dates. This provides the right data and resource support such that concurrent testing efforts can take place. It also limits the number of testing efforts that require test date extensions and/or additional rounds of testing in order to meet test objectives.

During the scoping process, it is important that external parties involve all applicable resources so that all aspects of the test can be incorporated into the test plan. Prior to testing, external parties will sign-off on the scope, indicating that they have:

  • Ensured that all applicable testing, technical and business resources are engaged
  • Reviewed and confirmed that the scope accurately reflects the testing needs
  • Communicated the test parameters and schedule
  • Confirmed access and/or connectivity needed to participate and verify test results

Scheduling

Testing efforts are coordinated across several distinct testing environments in order to maximize processing efficiencies and minimize overlap in testing activities that have the potential to affect each other.

Individual test dates are scheduled based on the specific test scope and are agreed to by both OCC and the external party prior to the start dates. As testing progresses, it is the external party's responsibility to provide updates concerning their testing requirements, especially as it relates to issues that may delay the ability to complete the testing within the scheduled dates.

In the event that additional testing time is needed, it is the external party's responsibility to provide that information. Depending on the issue and OCC External Test environment/resource availability, OCC can determine how to best support the additional testing, either as an extension to the scheduled dates and/or a separate round of testing.

Testing Support & Troubleshooting

External parties are responsible for verifying the processing and receipt of data and corresponding results during testing. Technical Certification Services' primary role is to support troubleshooting.