Outsourced testing used by new gas company

New gas distribution company Wales & West Utilities (WWU) has used business processes testing consultancy Acutest to enable its operation to be launched on time.

New gas distribution company Wales & West Utilities (WWU) has used business processes testing consultancy Acutest to enable its operation to be launched on time.

WWU was able to begin operating from a standing start in eight months after being given a strict timetable by industry regulator Ofgem.

WWU’s network, covering Wales and south-west England, was purchased from National Grid Transco last year. The company had to test its systems to prove there would be no major technical risks or disruption to 7.4m customers’ gas supplies.

WWU outsourced its technical and business testing to Acutest, which included testing the new company’s SAP enterprise resource planning platform and its Ingenuity HR system.

Ancillary and support systems were also tested, along with systems integration with third parties and the technical infrastructure.

Ian Graham, WWU chief information officer, said, “I’m a strong believer that small expert teams using lean project processes will achieve goals more quickly. Acutest’s approach and people fitted into this structure effectively.”

He said, “Despite the speed we moved at they still managed to leave us with a lasting asset: a full test suite that we can use when we test future enhancements and releases.”

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