Sometimes it is Rocket Science


Very often when describing a concept, technique or any way of doing something, you hear people quip, “It’s not rocket science.” While normally this holds true for static analysis of business applications, the difference between the capabilities of the type of automated analysis and measurement offered by CAST versus manual structural analysis can make the former seem like rocket science.

So it was with a touch of irony that we announced this week that CAST has acquired the core technology of a new product line from a sole source service provider to the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS)…in other words, we’ve acquired “rocket science.”

The product CAST acquired is deeply specialized in embedded software for aerospace applications and gives us a robust, lightweight, software-analysis engine. This Cloud-based technology can provide feedback on thousands of lines of code within seconds for a fast health check based on industry norms and software engineering standards. And developers will be pleased to know they won't have to upload their source codes into the cloud to do the analysis, which will not only improve the speed of the analysis, but also provides them with significant peace of mind around security.

As an added bonus to the acquisition, our team also will get a big boost of experience as the senior half of the original development team behind the product now joins CAST. They represent 80 man-years of world-class software engineering expertise.

In the coming weeks, CAST will unveil more details about its plans for this software. Stay tuned to this blog for more information.

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Jonathan Bloom Writer, Blogger & PR Consultant
Jonathan is an experienced writer with over 20 years writing about the Technology industry. Jon has written more than 750 journal and magazine articles, blogs and other materials that have been published throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has expertise in a wide range of subjects within the IT industry including software development, enterprise software, mobile, database, security, BI, SaaS/Cloud, Health Care IT and Sustainable Technology. In his free time, Jon enjoys attending sporting events, cooking, studying American history and listening to Bruce Springsteen music.
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