December 3, 2006 - Executive Summary - Forrester surveyed vendors who conduct usability lab
tests of digital and physical products like Web sites, desktop software applications, and mobile phones. We found that, on
average, these vendors tested 13 users per engagement, conducted tests over the course of two to three weeks, and charged
$20,000 or less for this work. But project size and cost varied widely, from small tests (five users for less than $5,000)
to massive engagements (120 users for more than $100,000). What will change in 2007? Usability vendors expect increases in
both demand and cost. Additional statics available: Figure 1: Users
Recruited Per Lab Test, Figure 2: Time Required To Conduct
A Lab Test, Figure 3: Cost Per Lab Test, Figure 4: Firms Expect Demand And Cost To Rise In 2007.
November 2006 As part of a continued effort to provide quality resource bandwidth Managing
Director Durant will be visiting with outsource providers and business leaders in the Caribbean. The tour includes scheduled visitation
with resources and client companies in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, Tortola, The Turks and Caicos. According to Durant "the
Caribben with it's close proximity, stable business climate and hidden wealth of technology talent is a rich, untapped resource".
Convenient to both North and South America the Caribbean offers both business as well as service opportunities, especially
for support related services.
November 2006 An agreement has been established with TestAssure
(Longwood, FL and Kyiv) to market, promote, deliver and provide technical skills to our client base (present and future).
Under this agreement we are taking bold steps to remain competitive, extend our capacity, and to provide unique delivery services
that would not normally be available. For further information contact either Certellus LLC (ref. to our website) or
November 2006 An agreement has been reached between ICL-KME CS (Russia)
and Certellus LLC to promote and support ICL-KME offshore services in the Americas. ICL-KME CS has met the exacting
software engineering standards, set by Certellus, as a pre-qualification for all engaged partners and collaborative entities.
ICL-KME CS has office across Russia and hold many strategic partnership with prominent technology companies, including
November 2006 Test Staffing Services provided to select local markets
effective January 2007. Utilizing local talent with industry specific skills, keeps pricing competitive. For more
information or to be considered for possible candidancy contact Certellus directly.
November 2006 Pricing for 2007 remains unchanged from 2006 pricing
levels. Despite high demand for services Certellus believes that it makes good business to reduce one less worry from
the list of things that a client must think about. In addition to consistent 2007 pricing Certellus continues to offer
flexible pricing options to fit client needs.
November 2006 YES!!! We are alive and well. Mutual ventures,
product development, and oh yes.... customer service delivery has occupied the large part of our time since January.
Many new and exciting announcement will be made as we enter into 2007. Rest assured that our lack of displayed NEWS
does not mean that we have disappeared. That would be the farthest thing from the truth. We have most recently
been commissioned by ASPETech to produce a Test Automation Workshop offering. This is a new updated version of the service
offering previously provided through SQE. The first event will be held in January and February 2007 (Columbus, OH and
Washington, DC). For more information or to register contact American Society of Professional Education at www.aspeonline.com.
January 2006 Let me be the first to say
Happy New Year! We look forward to 2006 and being of service to you our clients (existing or potential). There
are many new and exciting services which we will be introducing over the course of this year. However, we remain true
to our basic products and services as they are the ones that have provided unparalleled success for us all. Once again
Happy New Year and please let us know how we can continue to be of service. - Jerry E. Durant, CSP, CQA, CSTE, CISA,
CICS, Managing Director
January 2006 Certellus LLC is pleased to announce that new communication vehicles have
been established for the express purposes of improved client project communications. According to Managing Director,
Jerry Durant "We have always relied on verbal and written communications as the base for effective client management.
Whether in person, over the phone, or email we remain in constant contact with our clients, on a 24/7 basis. This initiative
further enhances our communication abilities and includes both audio and web conferencing vehicles.". Durant went on
to say that while these changes are an important part of product quality that they are no subsitute for face-to-face contact.
January 2006 - White Paper "A Plethora of Panaceas" added.
- Executive IT Valet (EITV) service offering introduced. According to Managing Director Jerry Durant, this offering
goes beyond simple information sharing services by providing a vehicle for senior executives to get personalized corporate
attention. Whether it's a specific technology, opportunity research or acquiring a much needed highly sought after resource
EITV stands ready (totally confidential and proprietary). Durant said, "It's better than information, it's providing
delivery of a need". Utilizing a network of over 100 world-wide specialist we reach out and get the job done in the
shortest amount of time possible with a high level of goal satisfaction.
Managing Director, Jerry Durant announced today the signing of agreements with McCabe Software, a leading software engineering
tool provider and RD Systems Inc., foremost authority on DB2 solutions. These two agreements signify our continued efforts
to bring the best of breed to our customer base. Utilizing strategic partners it is our intent to fill in the gaps
where others might leave off.
Certellus LLC will
be providing independent training services, and pre/post sales support for clients of McCabe Software. According
to Durant, "we bring to the table an independent & objective position allowing clients to focus on solutions".
McCabe's enjoys recognition as a Platium Collaborative Partner.
Certellus LLC is also
pleased to announce a Collaborative Partnership with RD Systems Inc. (Ron Devine), specialists in DB2 technologies.
Ron is well known for his consulting and training expertise as it relates to this domain space. With over 12 course
offerings and 30 years of experience Ron and company brings the best of the best to DB2 related needs.
Both partners can
be reached via email or websites.
Managing Director, Jerry E. Durant will be conducting a three day training event on SAP R/3 Controls & Configuration in
Los Angeles for ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association).
Another collaborative partnership has been formed with Go Pro Management, a leading provider of training services for the
quality and software testing disciplines. Established in 1982 Go Pro Management of Needham, MA is lead by Robin Goldsmith,
JD. According to Managing Director Jerry Durant, "I have known Robin for a number of years and I am honored to have
him be a part of our list of collaborative partners. With the addition of Go Pro Management we further our depth of
delivery to our clients".
Certellus LLC is pleased to announce the striking of an agreement with Tom & Kai Gilb to represent their organization
in the Americas. Through this agreement Certellus LLC will represent the Gilbs in both educational and consulting offerings.
In addition, Certellus
LLC has also formed an alliance with DINET for the sharing of intelluctual services. DINET is located in the Nederlands
and serves the Defense community.
(10th) Managing Director Jerry E. Durant will be presenting a session on "Testing Applications for Integrity" at the
Tampa/Clearwater Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)