A review of software operational profile in software reliability engineering
Industries such as telecomm and avionics have long enjoyed a perk that most other industries do not enjoy: access to accurate operational profiles. Most other industries are left hypothesizing about how they believe the majority of their users will interact with a particular software package. If these guesses are wrong, reliability predictions based on the guesses will likely be wrong as well. Further, estimates as to when testing should halt and product release occur are also likely to be inaccurate as well as predictions for how well the software will interoperate with other systems that it is integrated with.