Organizations can ill afford to have structural quality issues bring down their software applications and interrupt the conduct of business. The implications of poor software quality are amplified if that organization is part of the government-- and accentuated even further if that organization is one charged with defending our country.
The U.S. Air Force, for one, has taken a step toward addressing issues that could impact the sanctity of its desktop systems and has certified the CAST Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) for use on standard desktop systems connected to its Global Information Grid (GIG) per today's announcement by CAST.
The U.S. Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB), formerly known as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), continues to be one of the most successful government IT programs aimed at increasing security, reducing costs and accelerating the adoption of new government technologies, while creating a more managed desktop environment. Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the USGCB mandates that federal agencies standardize desktop configurations to meet its standards, which are designed to provide a single, standard, enterprise-wide, managed environment for desktops and laptops running Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Federal government contractor systems that interface with federal government systems are also subject to USGCB requirements.
CAST Application Intelligence Platform automatically identifies and tracks quality issues and provides data to allow organizations to monitor development performance. The certification acknowledges the platform’s ability to support the most rigorous Department of Defense standards for major programming languages, databases and integration middleware used in application development.
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.