In this paper the experiences collected and the lessons learned during ITALO are summarized. A formal methodology was adopted for the selection of a support tool among those available from the market. A survey of the current practice in component testing was conducted to adapt the existing process model so as to obtain the greatest benefits from automation. An experiment was then designed to measure the effects that are expected to be produced by the new test process complemented with the introduction of the support tool.
Three pilot projects were conducted to measure the benefits obtained from tool usage and process modification. Results are presented and discussed in this paper.