Technical feasibility

SECTION I: Testing 

1 Has the R & D result been tested?


If yes

1a In what mode has the result been tested?

•              Prototype

•              Pilot Application

•              Alpha/BETA testing

  • Partial release of modules, to ensure thorough testing.
  • Restricted access for released modules at early stages to allow testers to identify the majority of problems.
  • Full scale release of the modules providing a support line to assist end-users with everyday usage and problems not identified during the previous stages.
  • At later stages we organized meetings with “power users” to discuss potential upgrades and improvements that could be implemented to the deployed modules.
1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
The system was developed based on the everyday needs of the users following thorough discussions and prototype designing. The IT system was partially deployed to cover one aspect of work at a time, thus allowing the development team to receive feedback from the actual users, for each module independently. Due to the fact that the software was developed In-house, even after the completion of all modules the development team receives constant feedback from users which allows them to address to minor problems and changes that arise from time to time.

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development


2a To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
Should the opportunity arise the development team is able to take on the production of a new product. Depending on the scale of the new product, additional resources may be needed -in terms of personnel mainly- to guarantee the unproblematic support of the current system and the development of the new product. Due to the implementation of the ‘myCerth’ system to the needs of other research centers the development team has a hands-on experience of the resources needed should such an situation comes to play.
2b What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
The IT system is considered at full deployment at two research centers in Greece. There is however still work done by the development team on both installations due to the nature of support provided based on the needs for minor improvements and additions.
2c What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
Depending on the nature of the new product and the scalability of the project, the development team needs to be expanded to cover all aspects of work entailed. For the deployment of the ‘myCerth’ system in another research organization, extensive customization work needs to be made, as a result of thorough discussions with the appropriate users to identify special needs and differences from the current implementation.
2d Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The system is fully deployed and working on a day to day to basis. Due to the fact that there is an in-house support and development team there is always an eye open for additions, changes and improvements to cover the changing needs of end users. Regular meetings are organized to help the team identify potential areas where development work can be put to enhance the quality of the IT system and address to more complex needs that arise.


SECTION 3: Deployment

3a Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
Not applicable
  • technologies, tools, machineries
Depending on the scale and number of new projects additional equipment needs to be purchased to cover both the needs of development and hosting of our products (rough estimate in the region of 30.000€).
  • Staff effort
As above depending on the number and scale of the new projects the development team needs to be expanded with new personnel. Estimated cost for personnel (existing and new) for the first year (assuming 2-3 new contracts) lies in the region of 130.000€.


SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

1 What is your overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
The product has reached an adequate level of maturity for considering a full scale production. The product has been successfully implemented in another research organization and that serves as a test case for future implementations. Due to the nature of the software, extensive analysis and specification extraction is required for all future implementations. The development team has acquired the desired experience through the day-to-day in-house support to address to future challenges.



Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far       X  
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team     X    
Current development stage       X  
Overall technical feasibility       X  

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