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Summary: Beta Testers Needed for EDExpress for Windows 2007-2008, Release 1.0

Publication Date: October 20, 2006

Author: G. Kay Jacks, General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid

Summary: Beta Testers Needed for EDExpress for Windows 2007-2008, Release 1.0

Posted on 10-20-2006

The U.S. Department of Education is recruiting schools and servicers for participation in the beta test of EDExpress for Windows 2007-2008, Release 1.0. We are seeking schools and servicers to test the Packaging module and Global functionality (specifically the Document Tracking and User Database features).

Beta test participants download an in-development version of the EDExpress software and test documentation from an FTP site, replicate typical usage of the software in a mock-production environment, report any problems encountered, and submit a summary report detailing test findings and software suggestions for our analysis.

The Release 1.0 beta test will run from November 13 to November 17, 2006. To participate in the test you must be a regular user of the Packaging module and/or a regular user of the Document Tracking and User Database Global EDExpress features.

If you are interested in being considered as a beta test site, please send an e-mail to no later than November 7, 2006 with the subject line “Attention: EDExpress Release 1.0 Beta Test.” In your e-mail, please provide the following information:

1) School name and TG Number
2) School type (4-year public university, 2-year private college, proprietary/trade school, etc.)
3) Primary and Secondary testing contact names, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses
4) Windows operating system version(s) for PC workstations accessing EDExpress
5) EDExpress operating environment (network/standalone). If your EDExpress database is stored on a network, please identify the network type and version (Novell 5.1, Windows 2003 Server, etc.).
6) EDExpress modules/features/tools you currently use in your office (please provide specific details, such as Document Tracking, Packaging External Add Imports, User Database, etc.)
7) EDExpress functionality you would like to beta test (Packaging module, Document Tracking, User Database)
8) Do you use EDExpress in combination with your mainframe or third party software? If so, what type of mainframe system and/or third party software do you use?
9) FTP download capability (i.e. can you upload/download files from an FTP server?)
10) Number of student records processed using Document Tracking and/or Packaging module functionality in EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007

Participants with a wide variety of processing environments will be selected to ensure the most diverse and thorough testing of the software is performed.

We will send an e-mail to all interested schools by November 8, 2006. If your school is selected, further information will be provided at that time.

We thank you for your interest in helping make EDExpress for Windows 2007-2008 a superior software product. We look forward to hearing from you.

Last Modified: 10/19/2006