Software analysis and measurement is the intelligent use of application information to improve IT investment decisions, operational performance, and customer outcomes. While the notion of measuring application development (ADM) has long been a controversial one; as application development and maintenance matures and measurement capabilities evolve organizations are finding that the ability to effectively measure application development output can lead to many benefits:
- Objective visibility into application development output
- A rational basis for ADM improvements decisions
- Accountability based on real data not subjective judgments
- The identification of ADM best practices
- Improved IT spending decisions
- Comparison of ADM performance over time or against outside organizations
- Prediction of future ADM behavior based on historical performance
This infographic illustrates the return on investment that software analysis and measurement provides: business risk prevention, increasing revenue, and reducing ADM spend. Leaders that can clearly articulate this value are more successful than their peers in obtaining strategic support and funding for software analysis and measurement to increase their business’ agility, reduce cost, and IT risks.
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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.