Much like their American counterparts, French citizens pay into a pension system throughout their careers, with the expectation of receiving a monthly payout in retirement. For the organization administering the program, Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Viellesse (CNAV, or the National Pension Insurance Bank), accuracy and efficiency are a must: The company’s software is monitored constantly for health, stability and reliability.
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“Last year, we implemented an application portfolio management program,” explains IT Risk Director Eric Le Bihan. Under his leadership CNAV has become laser-focused on Software Intelligence—specifically applications portfolio management solutions and best practices. “It’s a really interesting use case,” says Le Bihan. “Software Intelligence presents a powerful set of tools,” he explains. “We can analyze application source code and control the overall quality of business-critical software.”
Among other characteristics, application portfolio management assesses an application’s size, age, significance, performance, and number of users, to determine its fitness within a firm’s technology ecosystem.
Le Bihan plans to continue the program, using CAST Highlight, a SaaS platform, as CNAV continues its application assessments of enterprise applications developed by external teams.
CNAV and other firms like it can use CAST Highlight to:
- Analyze the health of an application before it’s acquired and engineered.
- Determine an application’s cloud readiness
- Conduct predictive pattern analysis, to improve software agility throughout your portfolio.
- Track component health and complexity
“It’s necessary and valuable for us to monitor these applications’ activity and output. “We’ve analyzed about a dozen applications in this way so far,” he adds, particularly those developed by external teams. He and his team typically share the results with their IT department colleagues or project managers, depending on the case.
Le Bihan sees a clear business benefit to applications portfolio management: “It’s helped us focus on the most critical software quality issues, identifying architectural flaws before it is too late and they become extremely expensive to repair.” By using Software Intelligence in these ways, CNAV is providing millions of French retirees a safer, more secure future.
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.