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  • CISQ Hosts IT Risk Management & Cybersecurity Summit

    The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ), will host an IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity Summit on March 24 at the OMG Technical Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, VA. The CISQ IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity Summit will address issues impacting software quality in the Federal sector, including: Managing Risk in IT Acquisition, Targeting Security Weakness, Complying with Legislative Mandates, Using CISQ Standards to Measure Software Quality, and Agency Implementation Best Practices.

  • 5 Keys to Optimizing Cost-Effectiveness of Captives

    Companies seeking to reduce time to market while improving application quality, today usually choose between assigning application development projects to either in-house teams or outsourced system integrators (SI). However, the cost arbitrage of Global In-House Centers (GIC), better known in the industry as “Captives,” continues to provide advantages in cost competitiveness that cannot be overlooked

  • Improving Code Quality in DevOps

    We welcome guest blogger Bill Dickenson, an independent consultant and former VP of Application Management Services for IBM, who brings decades of experience in application development and DevOps. Dickenson’s post below discusses how using CAST’s automated software analysis and measurement solutions helps achieve the benefits of DevOps, while eliminating the risks.

    The recent move to cloud based development/operations (DevOps) is changing the testing and development lifecycle by accelerating the speed that code can migrate from development, through testing, and into production. Cloud based testing environments can be instantiated and refreshed at an unprecedented speed.

  • IT Transformation Benefits for American Cancer Society Can’t Be Understated

    For Jay Ferro, CIO of the American Cancer Society, his employer’s mission hits far closer to home than those of most others in his position. The father of three boys, Ferro lost his 36-year-old wife, Priscilla, to cervical cancer in January 2007. In her memory, he founded Priscilla's Promise, a non-profit organization that brings greater awareness to cervical cancer.

  • IT Transformation Webinar Questions Answered

    During last week’s webinar on IT Transformation featuring Marc Cecere, vice president and principal analyst for Forrester Research, many questions presented by participants went unanswered due to time constraints. Because these questions are likely being asked by many in the IT arena, we asked Marc’s webinar co-host, Pete Pizzutillo of CAST to provide answers to the three most frequently asked questions.

  • IT Transformation Major Component of Biz Transformation

    In today’s software-driven business world, IT transformation has become an enormous component of business transformation and software risk management. This is one of the key messages delivered by Marc Cecere, Vice President and Principal Analyst for Forrester Research, during a webinar held recently on Business Transformation, which was sponsored by CAST, Inc.

  • Executive Dinner Series: Managing Software Risk within the Insurance Industry

    It is becoming more and more obvious that the software risks and complexity that face today's legacy systems is a growing problem for many IT organizations. Are these legacy applications “Ever going to be replaced or retired?  Are they “Too Big to Fail”? Added concern around many of these applications involves their size and architectural interconnectivity whereby their failure would prove disastrous to the entire business.

  • Lessons on software development from Henry Ford!

    Two of my great fascinations since moving to Detroit 17 years ago are the Henry Ford Museum and the Greenfield Village in Dearborn. These two places truly capture America’s legacy of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. The exhibits range from Presidential limousines to heroes of the sky and evolution of manufacturing as a science. However, in one obscure corner there’s the story of Gauge Blocks.

  • Predicting the Future of IT Risk Management with Melinda Ballou

    We currently live in a futuristic world that past generations could only dream of. News, weather, updates from friends all over the world come pouring into our computers and smart devices and we don’t even think twice about the IT risk. Whether we’re at home with family, socializing with friends, or even working, technology is constantly surrounding us in one way or another.

    Our reliance on technology is so heavy in fact, we often forget about the science behind it and how much goes into the IT risk management to support it. Beneath the surface of our most frequently used apps, social media accounts, games, and programs, highly complex software and code is constantly operating to maintain a satisfied user experience. Even non-tech businesses now realize they would not be able to function in today’s world without effective technological resources.

  • Code Quality: CISQ Standards Create Roadmap for Better Software

    Software glitches aren’t really news but now we’re seeing software flaws that can cost an organization over $100 million due to poor code quality. This past year we’ve seen major technical and retail brands suffer extensive financial and reputational damage from software disasters – driving software issues out of the back office and into the boardroom.

  • Technical Debt: Is Management Only Getting Half the Picture?

    As Larry Quinlan, Global CIO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited explains, “CIOs need the courage to make the investments that reduce technical debt -- and the knowledge and the team to know where and when to make those investments.”

  • Infographic: The Value of Software Analysis and Measurement

    Software analysis and measurement is the intelligent use of application information to improve IT investment decisions, operational performance, and customer outcomes. While the notion of measuring application development (ADM) has long been a controversial one; as application development and maintenance matures and measurement capabilities evolve organizations are finding that the ability to effectively measure application development output can lead to many benefits:

  • System Level Analysis Keeps Coca-Cola Smiling Webinar Recap

    Michael Furniss, Director of Software Quality Assurance and Testing COE at Coca-Cola’s Bottling Investment Group lead a discussion on how system level analysis improves dialog with application service providers. He shared his experience about how software analysis and measurement has enhanced his traditional process and tool landscape; leading to better identification of legacy SAP code vulnerabilities that can lead to performance and stability issues.  Mr. Furniss outlined how Coca Cola has deployed this solution across their global organization and how it focuses development efforts to reduce risk and total ownership cost while keeping their executive sponsors and partners happy.

  • Function Point Counting Unleashes Business Innovation (Infographic)

    In this post, we wanted to take a step back and break down exactly what a function point is and how an IT organization can use them to measure application development productivity, improve IT project planning and estimating, and better manage application service providers.

  • Businesses Gain Value Perspective Through Software Analytics

    You’d be hard pressed to find any organization that isn't using measurement -- either for marketing, sales, social media, and countless other ways. In fact, a recent report from IDC predicts that by 2017, 80% of the CIO’s time will be focused on analytics, cybersecurity, and creating new revenue streams through digital services.

  • Data-driven IT resource planning: Take control of ever-growing software maintenance costs

    For many IT-intensive enterprises, the bloating cost of maintaining software applications may be the biggest elephant in the room. Software maintenance costs typically comprise up to 75% of the total cost of ownership of each application. With so much investment and energy dedicated to keeping the lights on, finding a way to better allocate IT resources — even just by a marginal amount — can have significant impact on the enterprise’s capacity to innovate.

  • CAST CIO Conference: IT's common dreads

    Last week I attended CAST’s Annual CIO Conference on Risk and Productivity Measurement, in Paris. Upon arrival I realised it was somewhat of a meeting of minds. Analysts, consultants, advisors, IT project leaders and decision makers from across industries were in attendance, all to address software risk, code quality, and some of the biggest issues facing IT today.

  • BCG Webinar Q&A Discussion

    We just finished up the 30-minute webinar where Andrew Agerbak, Associate Director from BCG, described some of the ways IT executives use software measurement in driving transformational programs. Andrew cited four case studies, where output metrics helped drive transformation, or at the very least measure its results. We had a number of questions come up in the webinar, so we couldn't get to them all, and not all of you could get to the Q&A session. We went 15 minutes over the 30 minute time slot for Q&A. The main point of this post is to document some of the more important questions and my summary of the answers provided by Andrew, especially for those of you who could not stay on past the half hour.