At CAST user group meetings, which we conduct annually in key regions, I’m always amazed by what our customers are doing with software analytics. Something so foundational – the measurement of software performance – yields such powerful results for Fortune 200 companies that are on a constant hunt to meet business demands and beat out the competition. This year’s user groups are special, because CAST is celebrating our 25th anniversary. That’s how long we’ve been helping make software a little less invisible to developers, architects and business executives whose livelihood depends on software quality.
What CAST does is quite simple if you just look at the surface. We conduct system-level analysis for mission-critical functions. But at the core, what we’re really doing is analyzing how each individual piece of an application – each UI element, module, class, method, DB table – all work together when connected by code calls, frameworks and networks to make up the whole. This means that we can identify those pesky-but-nearly-impossible-to-find weak spots in systems that keep operations teams on their toes and sometimes disrupt business operations from running smoothly.
On September 22 in New York City, we heard from industry-leading organizations on just what they’ve been able to do with software analytics.
- Fannie Mae has adopted automated function points and structural quality as standard units of measure to analyze productivity and code quality in DevOps and Agile sprints. Promoting quality at speed has enabled the organization to release applications 12 times faster while proving business value.
- IBM is using software quality standards to demonstrate the achievement of clients’ objectives. CAST is being used as a factual measure to prove application quality and resiliency at the time of delivery, combined with automated function points for true outcome-based measurement. This is opening doors for expanded relationships with customers.
- CGI is using CAST to help customers along their digital transformation By validating application quality and performance metrics with CAST, CGI is empowering customers to take advantage of automation opportunities while keeping key business objectives in check.
- Credit Suisse has reduced its technical debt year over year using CAST measures. By keeping technical debt scores low, Credit Suisse is able to condense its run-the-business cost to drive more innovation within IT budgets.
- Broadridge is using CAST analytics to measure its vast portfolio of run-the-business, change-the-business and grow-the-business applications. Measuring software quality and sizing has provided value to the organization’s CIO, who can now objectively map IT progress to business mandates.
System-level analysis gives CIOs and IT leaders the facts about how their systems are running. So whether it’s ensuring quality, setting benchmarks for improved performance or guaranteeing mission-critical applications are risk free, structural software analysis can deliver these benefits.
It’s been an exciting 25 years so far, and we can’t wait to see what’s next. If you’re interested in learning more about our user group presentations, you can find them here.