That out of control train barreling down the track is the fast pace of today’s business climate. As its speed has gotten faster and faster, DevOps tools for software development were put in place to keep its engines stoked and the train running at optimal speed to keep up with others.
In its search for speed, however, companies may have placed software quality at risk…and with poor software quality comes the danger of application security issues. To prevent these potential software quality and security issues, DevSecOps has come onto the scene to prevent projects from becoming derailed or introducing a significant amount of risk into the organization.
When a DevOps project gets derailed, getting it back on track is not as easy as retracing your steps and moving forward from the project’s point of derailment. Sometimes the point where it got offline may not be clear, or perhaps the original goals where not achievable. The DevOps process itself may require a complete overhaul of the software engineers’ processes and practices.
Veteran business technology reporter John Edwards, in a recent commentary in InformationWeek, proposed a five-point plan for how DevOps teams can “go back to the virtual drawing board and steer the initiative back onto its planned course.”
Edwards’ steps fall in line with common business practices for whenever a project goes awry. He proposes that companies:
Each of these initiatives, however, can take on a life of its own. If they are not addressed quickly and completely they can add to the issues with application security and software quality that a meandering process creates. Applying Software Intelligence to each stage can provide the transparency and data that makes each stage timely and efficient.
Whether it’s DevOps, Agile, Waterfall or any other development process, when the paths of software developers begin to wander, the costs to a company – both financial and reputation – can add up. With some basic steps, and the data collected through the static analysis of Software Intelligence, a DevOps team can quickly get back on track, prevent future derailments, and steam its way to optimal software quality and application security.
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.