Bill Dickenson
Bill Dickenson - Director of Solution Delivery at CAST
Highly accomplished executive with extensive operations, delivery, strategy and sales expertise in applications and operations. 30+ years of expertise in a wide range of outsourcing deals, outsourcing contracts, contract negotiations, global delivery and effective delivery models for both custom application development and packaged applications (SAP, Oracle, Infor).
Making the case for Software Intelligence over traditional testing methods.
Don’t Let Poor Software Quality Be the Iceberg to Sink Your Ship

Companies are waking up to the fact that the digital transformation journey is not a leisurely stroll. It’s more of a marathon sprint. Between externalization of processes and the Internet of Things (IoT) the need to increase “velocity” is becoming a key attribute of success. Yet the pressure to maintain cost effective solutions has not gone away. Big reasons today’s enterprises are accelerating digital transformation include:

DevOps, Digital Transformation and IoT, ‘Oh My’!

As SAP is extended and expanded, it spawns a network of transactions, potentially written in different languages, and some inconsistencies in data models. An SAP implementation is not just SAP, it’s JEE, JSP, HTML as well as custom ABAP. Analyzing the characteristics of these applications by hand requires a set of experts in each language, and tends to be expensive.  There are excellent tools for analyzing the individual technology, but in a complex and expansive environment like SAP, what is required is a tool that can analyze across technology environments.

“SAP” is Not Just SAP

One of the allures of SAP has been the pre-built business transactions which promise speed to value and the ability to leverage code.  With the business processes, transactions, and architecture defined, success must be just around the corner. The reality has not quite kept pace. 54% of organizations experience ERP project budget overages.

SAP Performance Does Not Come "Out of the Box"

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.

Improving Code Quality in DevOps