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Summary: Beta Testers Needed for EDExpress for Windows 2008-2009, Release 1.0

Publication Date: October 23, 2007

Author: William Leith, Acting General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid

Summary: Beta Testers Needed for EDExpress for Windows 2008-2009, Release 1.0

Posted on 10-23-2007

Federal Student Aid is recruiting schools and servicers for participation in the beta test of EDExpress for Windows 2008-2009, Release 1.0. We are seeking schools and servicers to test Global functionality and the Packaging module.

Beta test participants download an in-development version of the EDExpress software and test documentation from a file transfer protocol (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 12 to November 21, 2007. To participate in the test you must be a regular user of the Packaging module and/or a regular user of Global features such as Document Tracking and User Database.

If you are interested in being considered as a beta test site, please send an e-mail to CPSSAIG@ed.gov no later than November 6, 2007 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 2007-2008

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 7, 2007. If your school is selected, further information will be provided at that time.

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

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Last Modified: 10/22/2007