Posted Date: October 15, 2014

Author:  Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Beta Test Volunteers Needed for EDExpress for Windows 2015-2016, Release 1.0 Application Processing Module

We are recruiting schools and servicers to participate in the beta test of the EDExpress for Windows 2015-2016, Release 1.0 Application Processing module. Beta testing is scheduled to run from November 3 through November 7, 2014.

Beta test participants will focus on testing Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) import, view, and print functionality in Release 1.0, with an emphasis on new 2015-2016 data elements, as well as testing of new Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) reports in the Application Processing module. Participants will also have the option of exploring and testing Global and Packaging features, including Financial Aid Shopping Sheet functionality, if time allows.

During the 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.

If you are interested in being considered as a participant for this beta test, please send an e-mail to CPSSAIG@ed.gov with the subject line “Attention: EDExpress 2015-2016 Release 1.0 Beta Testing” and provide the following information:

1) School name and TG number

2) Primary and secondary testing contact names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses

3) Windows operating system version(s) for PC workstations accessing EDExpress

4) 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.).

5) Do you use EDExpress in combination with a mainframe system or 3rd party software? If so, what type of mainframe system and/or 3rd party software do you use?

6) FTP download capability (i.e., can you upload and download files from an FTP server?)

We will select participants from a wide variety of processing environments to ensure a diverse and thorough testing of the software is performed.

We will contact all Release 1.0 beta test volunteers by October 29, 2014. If your school is selected for participation, further information will be provided by e-mail at that time.

We appreciate your interest in EDExpress 2015-2016, Release 1.0 and look forward to hearing from you.

   

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