From SNAP to Automated Function Points - Creating Value from Measurement
CAST sponsored the 2015 International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference (ISMA10) held in Charlotte, on April 30th. This conference, hosted by the International Function Point User Group (IFPUG), brings software measurement professionals from Europe, North America, and South America to exchange software measurement and function point expertise and to network. The conference was attended by more than 50 software measurement professional and certified function point counters from across the global. The full day event featured presentations including:
Enabling Enterprise Productivity Measurement by Combining Manual and Automated Functional Sizing
Barbara Beech, formerly of AT&T, led a review of her previous company’s journey to improve application development team and vendor productivity through more efficient scalable measurement programs that leveraged automated function point counting. In its current state, this measurement program covers the development and maintenance of over 300 applications supported by multiple application service providers and in-house teams. Yet as functional size metrics found their way into CIO dashboards and were combined with system availability, cost, and budget the initiative evolved to support broader improvement initiatives, performance measurement, IT spending decisions, and vendor relationship management discussions. Ms. Beech shared the impact on suppliers and in house team to be:
Visit www.ifpug.org to learn more about the International Function Point User Group Conference (IFPUG).
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.