New Partnership CASTs Eye on Outsourcing


outsourcing software qualityWhenever a company chooses to outsource, there is a certain relinquishment of control. It is simply neither possible nor desirable to hold tightly to the reins of all aspects of an outsourced project. It stands to reason, therefore, that studies in the industry have revealed that many in IT management either are dissatisfied with their outsourcers or feel their outsourcers have “made up” work to pad their billings.

Things become even more problematic when the outsourced project has an off-shored element. Often, cultural differences and distance contribute to increasing both the risks and management costs. Eventually, the risks wipe out the potential increase in benefits.

All of this comes back to the issue of control, or, to paraphrase one of my favorite figures of the 20th Century, Muhammad Ali, “You can’t fix what you can’t see.”

software services outsourcingIn a move that will improve management of outsourced projects and shed greater visibility on them, CAST today announced a partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions firm.

The strategic partnership will provide Tata with the CAST Application Intelligence Platform®, which will allow TCS consultants to automatically analyze and measure the essential structural quality attributes (reliability, security, performance and maintainability) of client applications, whether developed by TCS or by other vendors. The service will reduce the risk of high impact business disruptions due to corrupted data, application outages, security breaches and performance problems.

  This report describes the effects of different industrial factors on  structural quality. Structural quality differed across technologies with COBOL  applications generally having the lowest densities of critical weaknesses,  while JAVA-EE had the highest densities. While structural quality differed  slightly across industry segments, there was almost no effect from whether the  application was in- or outsourced, or whether it was produced on- or off-shore.  Large variations in the densities in critical weaknesses across applications  suggested the major factors in structural quality are more related to  conditions specific to each application. CRASH Report 2020: CAST Research on  the Structural Condition of Critical Applications Report
Open source is part of almost every software capability we use today. At the  very least libraries, frameworks or databases that get used in mission critical  IT systems. In some cases entire systems being build on top of open source  foundations. Since we have been benchmarking IT software for years, we thought  we would set our sights on some of the most commonly used open source software  (OSS) projects. Software Intelligence Report <> Papers
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Jonathan Bloom
Jonathan Bloom Technology Writer & Consultant
Jonathan Bloom has been a technology writer and consultant for over 20 years. During his career, Jon has written thousands of journal and magazine articles, blogs and other materials addressing various topics within the IT sector, including software development, enterprise software, mobile, database, security, BI, SaaS/cloud, Health Care IT and Sustainable Technology.
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