Highlights of the Software Intelligence Forum, DC 2019


Whether you're taking the first steps of your modernization journey or in the thick of it, there is no better opportunity than the Software Intelligence Forum to learn and connect with peers, industry experts and practitioners from Commercial and Public Sector.” – Software Intelligence Forum, DC 2019 kept its promise and delivered much more.

With over 100 attendees, a solid agenda, a great venue and a well-balanced participation from commercial and public sector, there was value for everyone.

The theme “Accelerate Application Modernization and Cloud Migration with Software Intelligence” was apt with the day planned around panel discussions and industry leaders sharing their digital transformation experiences.


The proof as they say is in the pudding and this is what some of our attendees had to say about the best part of the pudding they ate:



“The most powerful story I heard came from Qinzhi Wang of Manulife. How within a 9 month timeframe his group was able to evaluate 900 applications using CAST Software Intelligence to provide quantitative and objective insight to management to drive portfolio rationalization initiative. “

“How Kevin Barnes of Capital One used Software Intelligence to find occurrences of SSN within codes, to tokenize and prepare for AWS cloud migration - “CAST took 60 minutes, manual would have taken weeks” and “peace of mind knowing that all components were accounted for”.

“The most valuable insight for me was on how Derek Johns of PNC leveraged Software Intelligence for Mainframe MIPS reduction and bring down their Mainframe costs

“Sony’s story of how just by dedicating 1 sprint per quarter on technical debt reduction, they managed to drop their Maintenance FTE count by 7 was intriguing”

“My favorite was the panel on sourcing.  On the one hand there was the discussion about standards (a la CISQ) and on the other there was the discussion about business outcomes.  It was a dynamic exchange between the 3 panelists.”

“One of the conclusions in the Sourcing panel was that you need to define outcomes clearly in order to do true Agile sourcing. Otherwise you’re just using the vendor as a body shop and not getting max value from them. Software Intelligence from CAST can provide a way to define outcomes in Agile development to make Agile sourcing successful. “


And , here are a few notable quotes from the speakers and panelists that the audience found really interesting:

“Everyone wants faster time to market, but few want to hear about the risks” … Dave Norton, Executive Director, CISQ

              …until it’s late. An ounce of prevention…

 “What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done. It is past time to start regularly evaluating the software of core critical systems. These measures should be added to the Federal CIO dashboard and updated regularly in line with investments.” – David Powner, Mitre

“As a CIO it was bad enough to get bad software... but the part that really got my goat was having to pay them to fix it!” – Luke McCormack, former CIO, DHS on the panel “Aligning to Current and Future Federal Mandates”

“Companies have been “assessed to death”.  They need tangible information – Software Intelligence, that they can use to make decisions and take action.” – Brad Loomis, Cloud Technology Partners, on the panel on “Accelerating Cloud”

“A third of the applications brought under CAST Software Intelligence and results monitored by management on a weekly basis, reported significant improvements in quality (reduced risk) within a year.” – Jose Vasquez, Bank of New York Mellon.

If you are interested to learn more about the event highlights and presentations made, write to me at v.nair@castsoftware.com

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Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair Software Intelligence Evangelist
Vinod Nair is a Marketer and demand generation specialist at CAST. Vinod has over 12 years of experience in Technology industry, having donned multiple hats as marketing , sales strategy and Business operations professional.
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