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Tool Qualification

Easily Automate the Tool Qualification Process

Reduce the Overhead Associated With Tool Qualification for Safety-Critical Industries

Tool qualification is a mandated process for safety-critical software development. Parasoft’s Qualification Kits for Parasoft C/C++ testing solutions automate the process of creating the supporting documentation required for tool qualification of static analysis, unit testing, and coverage requirements, reducing both the potential for human error and time taken to perform tool qualification.

Address the Challenges of Tool Qualification

Automatically Generate Compliance Documentation

Parasoft automates the creation of documentation required for qualifying Parasoft C/C++ testing solutions for use in safety-critical industries by walking the user through an intuitive workflow and generating documentation that’s critical for demonstrating tool qualification.

Reduce the Scope of What’s Needed to Qualify the Tool

The first step in Parasoft’s efficient workflow is selecting the specific use-cases and capabilities of Parasoft C/C++ testing solutions for being used in the software project, to reduce the overall scope of what needs to be qualified and streamline the qualification process.

Automatically Execute Tests

Although the process of tool qualification cannot be 100% automated, the unique workflow of Parasoft’s Qualification Kits make it as painless as possible, reducing manual testing efforts and executing automated tests for selected use cases.

Parasoft's Tool Qualification Kits

Tool qualification is mandated for organizations developing software for safety-critical applications, compliant with standards such as DO-178B/C (aerospace), ISO 26262 (automotive), IEC 62304 (medical), EN-50128 (railway), and IEC 61508 (functional safety). These standards require that organizations provide evidence that the software tools used to develop their code is suitable for use in the safety-critical application that it demands.

Parasoft supports DO-178B/C and DO-330 conformant qualification process with the automated tool qualification kit, for all of its software levels and Parasoft C/C++test is TÜV SÜD certified for standards ISO 26262 (automotive), IEC 62304 (medical), EN 50128 (railway), and IEC 61508 (functional safety) for all ASIL and SIL levels.  No additional tool qualification is needed as the certificate provided is more than sufficient, nevertheless the option to perform a qualification by validation, using Parasoft’s automated tool qualification kit is always available.

Parasoft C/C++test CT is in the process of TÜV SÜD certification and a Quality Kit is being developed.

Approving the tool for use is normally a documentation-heavy formal process, that requires time-consuming manual completion that is prone to human error. To solve this problem, Parasoft’s Tool Qualification Kits for Parasoft C/C++test automates the qualification process itself, guiding the organization through the qualification process and significantly reducing the tedious, error-prone manual effort of qualification. Read more below.

Benefit From the Parasoft Approach

Spend less time on tool qualification and more time developing new features.

Streamline Tool Qualification With an Integrated Approach

Parasoft’s Qualification Kits cover all capabilities of Parasoft C/C++test, meeting not only static analysis but also unit testing and coverage requirements for safety-critical software at the same time. This is similar for C/C++test CT.  Without this, users are required to individually qualify multiple tools across their toolchain, resulting in a significant duplication of effort.

Make Tool Qualification Easier With Extra Automation

Unlike the static Qualification Kits provided by other vendors, Parasoft’s Qualification Support Tool automatically generates appropriate reports based on which features and capabilities are being used in the software project. By focusing on the functionality important to the project, users can minimize manual documentation required, reducing the potential for human error in the preparation of the documentation.

Leverage Automation to Make Requalification a Breeze

When Parasoft releases a new patch of Parasoft C/C++test and C/C++test CT, users can quickly re-run the qualification against the build, and re-qualify the tool for use with minimal effort. This means that users can take advantage of updates and improvements to our C/C++ testing solutions without having to worry about all of the details of tool qualification all over again.