Years ago when I was working for Microsoft, the company embarked on a major re-branding initiative for its search engine, called “Windows Live Search” at the time. I remember joking with some members of the search brand team about how the “other folks” can help you search for stuff, but Microsoft will actually help you find what you are seeking. Why not just re-brand our search engine as “Find”? I am not sure if my idea was ever considered seriously, but obviously the brand team liked “Bing” better, and the rest is history.
This did get me thinking about the current state of analytical software products we use in business every day. We are inundated with data constantly. But, what do we actually do with all of this data? What we really need is more actionable information. This is what we constantly stive for with CAST Highlight and Software Intelligence. With the latest release of CAST Highlight, I believe we really nailed it this time.
Cloud Readiness insights have been part of CAST Highlight for over three years and we have continued to enhance this capability in every release. The product automatically analyzes application source code and delivers valuable insights about an application’s cloud readiness, such as: cloud migration blocker patterns (obstacles), cloud service recommendations, remediation effort estimates, containerization requirements, and much more. One of the more popular dashboards in the product is the CloudReady Decision Matrix, shown here:
This dashboard plots every application within a portfolio on a matrix that includes Business Impact and CloudReadiness as the axes, along with the number of migration roadblocks represented by the bubble size. Although this dashboard provides very useful data, it requires some added wisdom from an architect to interpret the results and make recommendations on how to segment applications in a portfolio into different migration categories, such as Rehost, Refactor, Replace, etc.
For years, the product team has discussed how valuable it would be to automate segmentation recommendations and prioritization of an application portfolio. We have all the data. Can we build some wisdom on top of our Software Intelligence and make these recommendations even more actionable? Can we also make it flexible enough for users that have a little more insight into their portfolio to modify the recommendations if needed? The answer to these questions is now yes!
In this latest release of CAST Highlight, we have added a layer of wisdom on top our Software Intelligence via the innovative Portfolio Advisor for Cloud. This new capability automatically segments application portfolios comprised of 100s (or even 1000s) of apps in seconds using a model similar to the ubiquitous Gartner 5 Rs. By clicking a button, it automatically recommends which applications are the best candidates to Rehost, Refactor, Rearchitect, Rebuild, or Retire using fact-based Software Intelligence derived from the source code. Users can customize the recommendations and tailor their roadmaps directly within the Portfolio Advisor for Cloud user interface.
We know CAST Highlight has proven time and again to dramatically reduce the time to assess an application portfolio by up to 5x. We cannot wait to see what out partners and clients can do now that we have automated even more of the process by adding a little bit of wisdom to our Software Intelligence in CAST Highlight.
Read more below about the other new capabilities in this latest release of CAST Highlight.
What’s new in CAST Highlight?