CAST Research Labs
CAST Research Labs (CRL) was established to further the empirical study of software implementation in business technology. CRL focuses on the scientific analysis of large software applications to discover insights that can improve their structural quality. We provide practical advice and annual benchmarks to the global application development community, as well as interacting with the academic community and contributing to the scientific literature.
Starting in 2007, CRL has been collecting metrics and structural characteristics from custom applications deployed by large, IT-intensive enterprises across North America, Europe, and India. This unique dataset, stored in the CAST Appmarq benchmarking repository, currently stands at approximately 1,300 applications (representing over 550 thousand lines of code) and forms a basis to analyze actual software implementation in industry. As a baseline, each year CRL publishes a detailed report of software trends across technologies and industry segments found in our industry repository, known as the CRASH Report. The executive summary of the latest report can be downloaded free of charge here.
Recent Coverage of the CRASH Report