UFST – The Ministry of Taxation

System upgrade and test platform development

The Danish Ministry of Taxation (UFST – formerly SKAT) needed to upgrade its old Import Tax System, which is used by air cargo carriers to notify the importing of goods before entering the EU. 

Udviklings- & Forenklingsstyrelsen The Danish Agency for Development & Simplification case

Several different suppliers in Denmark have had their hand in developing the system over time, and as the system upgrade involved replacing integral parts of the system, it was no simple task. The Import Tax System must communicate with similar systems in the rest of the EU. These similar systems also happened to be going through similar development and functional upgrading as the Import Tax System in Denmark. Therefore, the project’s complexity was uniquely high, and required the involvement and collaboration of many external parties to maintain compatibility and the successful execution of the initiative.

Highly complex testing

UFST is a dynamic system subject to continuous changes as tax legislation changes in Denmark and the rest of the EU. Changes in legislation are immediately followed by changes in the system, changes which must be specified, developed, implemented, and tested quickly to be ready for the new legislation to come into place.

In terms of testing individual subsystems adequately, it is a challenging task for USFT. Their system is complex, meets multiple interfaces, and has been developed by different forces over time. Ensuring it functions well with domestic as well as international systems is complicated. Orchestrating a joint testing effort was crucial to this, and it was up to the individual suppliers in Denmark and the other EU countries to execute tests on their parts of the system. No easy feat.

Udviklings- & Forenklingsstyrelsen The Danish Agency for Development & Simplification case

More coordinated testing efforts

UFST wanted to focus the testing efforts to be more coordinated and structured in Denmark. This included ensuring the thorough testing of individual subsystems, the calculation engine, data processing and integration into each of the subsystems.

Solita built and introduced a complete test platform for UFST. The platform was built to detect errors and defects as early as possible in the process. We’ve had extensive experience with structured testing of large and complex systems within logistics, airports, medical and insurance. They use a hybrid cloud infrastructure testing environment to provide scalability as part of their testing methodology. Our testing methodology also includes concepts such as Digital Twin, Record & Playback, Simulations and Emulations of systems.

At UFST, the hybrid cloud infrastructure test environment was essential in scaling the testing of individual subsystems by building multiple test instances for automated and manual parallel testing of subsystems and subsequent integrations. 

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