Evri release management

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Eigenvector Research Inc. follows industry standards for software production. EVRI release management process includes the following:

Release Management

EVRI release management process includes the following:

  • Continuous development - EVRI staff all work from the latest version of products so any changes are immediately tested in real world use. Typically a staff member will update from the repository at the beginning of a work day. Note, occasionally staff will work from an existing release to maintain version compatibility with a customer.
  • Version Control - EVRI maintains modern version control software and processes to manage software development.
  • Issue Tracking - A software project management system for bug and enhancement tracking is used to document and manage software development.
  • Testing - A mix of manual and automated testing is conducted to verify product quality. Each major release is regression tested to prior releases to assess numeric consistency.
  • Release Notes - All significant changes and known issues are documented in the release notes.

Installation and Tracing Information

  • All software is tested for common errors at the time of installation. A message appears in the installation window indicating the tests are being run. If an issue is encountered a warning dialog box will appear, otherwise the installation will proceed to open the main window.

Installation Test Message

  • Solo and PLS_Toolbox have some tools to help trace model development but these are not a part of a certified regulatory environment. Tracing model development can be done using the following functionality:
    • Model detail.history field contains an entry log of datetime and changes made to the model.
    • DataSet .history field contains a running history of commands that have modified the DataSet contents.
    • The Modelcache stores models and data upon calculation in the analysis interface. The model cache interface keeps a history of calculated models. Note, settings for managing history (max age and size) will impact exactly what is tracked. See documentation for more information.

Model Validation Information

It is recommended that customers develop a model within Solo/PLS_Toolbox as COTS (commercial off-the shelf) software. Then validate the model to their own standards paying special attention to how a model performs with previously unused data that spans the range of the samples you expect the model to work with.

NOTE: The following steps are still under development.

Steps to consider when validating a model:

  • Does your calibration data span the variation you expect from your system.
  • Are you holding out sufficient data to validate your model against.
  • Do you have a plan for maintaining your model.