On the desktop of your computer, you will find 2 shortcuts to the FastFinder software. One logo contains an extra letter A (logo), which is short for accept. The other shortcut (logo) connects to the production version of FastFinder. You have to be very careful to use the correct version of Fastfinder when you perform routine analysis of your clinical samples.
Only the production version contains the validated and CE-marked FastFinder software.
The link to FastFinder accept is for research use only and is used in two ways:
- To provide you with new assay plug-ins for intermediate testing, so you can give feedback before final validation.
- To validate a new release. In this way, you can validate an upgrade of FastFinder software beforehand, to ensure you will not encounter any problems when the new version is released. Meanwhile, you can continue your routine patient sample analysis in the validated FastFinder on production. When you are ready with your validation of the software upgrade, UgenTec will bring the new release to your production environment. Since you validated the software already, you can just start routine analysis immediately upon installation.
Here’s an example to clear everything out:
You are currently using the validated version 2.2 of FastFinder. This means that both shortcuts will connect with the release 2.2 of FasfFinder. UgenTec’s development & QA team have wrapped up the development of a validated FastFinder 2.3. UgenTec communicates to your laboratory that a new version is ready. When agreed upon, our development team installs FastFinder 2.3 to your Accept version, so you can start validation.
You can then test and validate all new functionalities on this Accept version, to ensure proper functioning of the new release in your laboratory. When you’re ready doing so, you can ping the support team that you have finished validation. The new version will be installed a soon as possible to your Production version.
Keep in mind that this does not apply to updates ( = bug fixes ). These updates are deemed necessary to ensure a correct working software version and are therefore pushed automatically to your Accept and Production version.