Ask yourself...

"Did I buy the right solution?      Is it built right?      How do I know?"


Acato's collaborative, systematic approach to Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) throughout the software life-cycle cultivates quality mindsets and team ownership. 


Our processes comply with DOE Order 415.1, Information Technology Project Management and best practices from the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).



Our processes: 

Align testing with project and organizational objectives;

Collect the information stakeholders need;
Verify all defined requirements have been satisfied;
Validate that the product meets expectations.

For example, Acato’s SQA process innovations supported one project’s goals to release software twice as fast.



Our customer-centric focus has proven key to defining clear, specific requirements and prioritizing them for product releases. Acato’s ISTQB-certified staff collaborate with customers to understand the business needs and use cases.


We transform this knowledge into well-defined software acceptance criteria. We work closely with developers to ensure a good technical solution. We advocate for the end users throughout the development process. The result is high customer satisfaction.



We support a full spectrum of test activities in Agile, Waterfall, and hybrid methodologies (test planning, test analysis, design, implementation, execution, and defect tracking).  Testing and resolving defects is just part of creating great software.

We address functionality, regression, confirmation, performance, data validation, and usability. Our risk-based approach finds problems early and is designed for excellent coverage.


The result is a high return on your testing investment.


Our SQA testers are dedicated to the project to which they are assigned.  This provides continuity of knowledge and consistency of approach.


They routinely and actively hold leadership roles on their projects and participate in all facets of, not only software testing, but also software development, and the creation of business processes.

Acato brings a proven track record of building trust-based relationships while maintaining independence in quality activities.  The specialized software quality expertise of our team members, derived from many years and multiple projects, demonstrates our ability to fit into a team's culture and embed testing activities throughout the lifecycle of a product release.


Acato team members use their expertise in software development processes to support formal project documentation that complies with DOE Order 415.1 and best practices from the Project Management Institute (PMI) & Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) .


We leverage our broad exposure across the applications we test to create meaningful training.


The result is knowledgeable users and cross trained team members.


Acato has fully embraced Agile tenets and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to successfully meet or exceed our Customers' projects' demands for quality and schedule.

Quality, as it pertains to software tools, means that the resulting applications enable their users to efficiently accomplish daily tasks, to achieve their programmatic objectives and that the results of the applications provide sound information for decision making.  Quality in software projects is evidenced by less rework, more reliable schedules, and clear communication for project management.  Defects are identified early, as close as possible to the point of introduction where they are the least expensive to resolve and have the least impact on schedule.