In August of 2019, we introduced AIP Console 1.11. AIP Console is the central administration portal that we introduced in early 2019 to replace CMS. AIP Console is web based and designed with the next generation of technologies and talent in mind. So, in other words, ease of use is our main objective with the final outcome to reduce the overhead of managing our platform, Application Intelligence Platform (AIP). In the last few months, we’ve been working hard to make AIP Console even easier to operate, generating software intelligence even faster. We are pretty proud of what we’ve done, so here’s a quick summary!
Intelligent and Automated Analysis based on Software Quality Objectives
In addition to the already easy-to-use drag-and-drop analysis setup, users can now further fine tune the analysis by specifying her/his software intelligence objectives. By selecting one or more of these objectives, AIP Console will automatically perform or exclude aspects of the analysis, balancing between speed and the level of results granularity.
For example, by selecting “Data Safety Investigation” as the objective, AIP console will perform both the two additional steps during the analysis that validates links and maps data access down to table columns. This level of detail is not needed for a standard “Global Risk Assessment”.
A New and More Accurate Framework Discoverer
We introduced a framework discoverer that helps users detect frameworks outside of just coding language and databases. Leveraging this capability, AIP console will recommend additional extensions to make the analysis more efficient and more precise. To make it even easier, this new discoverer is able to visualize the interactions between the layers so users can inspect the relationships to double check its accuracy and improve quality.
Architecture Checker as Browser App
For those of you who missed it in an earlier release, we made Architecture Checker a part of the AIP Console. Architecture Checker was originally a thick-client application. We’ve also made some enhancements that allow users to leverage pre-set templates and apply standards to multiple applications with one click. You can read more details about the latest Architecture Checker in a blog by my colleagues Jerome Chiampi.
Improved Automation. Improved Software Quality
We made a multitude of improvements to the automation of AIP via the AIP Console, making it easier for users to integrate their development and DevOps pipeline with AIP. In this release, we’ve made it easy to create an application, deliver the inputs (source code, database, frameworks) and compute the snapshot in a single action. We’ve also introduced rescan automation for ongoing operation of AIP!
By the way, we, the CAST research and development team, use AIP Console to run analysis on open source code everyday. We have about 200 different apps in our platform, and we trigger an AIP analysis on 5 to 10 of them everyday randomly. We simply input the GitHub reference, and use this single action to automate the entire analysis for onboarding and rescan of multiple branches!
There are actually quite a few more enhancements we released last month, a few more coming this year. Subscribe to this blog for updates.
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Erik Oltmans, an Associate Partner from EY, Netherlands, spoke at the Software Intelligence Forum on how the consulting behemoth uses Software Intelligence in its Transaction Advisory services.
Erik describes the changing landscape of M & A. Besides the financial and commercial aspects, PE firms now equally value technical assessments, especially for targets with significant software assets. He goes on to detail how CAST Highlight makes these assessments possible with limited access to the targetâ€™s systems, customized quality metrics, and liability implications of open source components - all three that are critical for an M&A due diligence.