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Sometimes long test cycles are just the nature of the business, especially in hardware-software co-development, and especially in high-reliability development. Nobody will believe that running software tests on a workstation or server somewhere counts for release readiness if it gets deployed to a wind turbine, robot, or megawatt UPS.

The software team's automated tests indicate that the software is ready to start an expensive physical testing cycle, not that its ready to go to the field.

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