The Software Intelligence Blog

  • Five Reasons You MUST Measure Software Complexity

    There’s an old adage in the IT industry – you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Knowing how complex an organization’s application portfolio is provides insight into how to manage it best. The problem is the issues that comprise software complexity – legacy system remnants, antiquated code, overwritten and rewritten code, the integration of formerly proprietary applications, et al – are the same things that make measuring it difficult.

    With multiple system interfaces and complex requirements, the complexity of software systems sometimes grows beyond control, rendering applications and portfolios too costly to maintain and too risky to enhance. Left unchecked, software complexity can run rampant in delivered projects, leaving behind bloated, cumbersome applications. In fact, Alain April, an expert in the field of IT maintenance, has stated, “the act of maintaining software necessarily degrades it.”

  • Top 5 Reasons to Use Code Analysis Tools with Automation to Establish Vendor Management Metrics

    As IT organizations face increasing demands from business, their IT systems have become increasingly complex. Today’s applications are typically a heterogeneous web of systems and software from an array of vendors and custom development.

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  • Closing the Back Door thru Code Analysis

    Have you performed code analysis on your software recently? If not, you are in good company as many companies are failing to do the one thing that could improve their software security – making sure the software isn’t vulnerable to an attack to begin with.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.