Last Friday I had the opportunity to host the first Software Intelligence Forum of 2019. It took place in Paris, at the Cloud Business Center, located just a few blocks away from one of the city’s many landmarks – The Opera. Besides the beautiful location, the event itself was a fascinating journey through all the modes of Software Intelligence in use today at some of the world’s largest companies: Cognizant, TechMahindra, Ernst & Young, The Boston Consulting Group, Broadridge, IBM, Fincantieri and more.
For those of you who scratching your heads thinking, what is Software Intelligence? Simply put, it’s the opposite of software ignorance…the state many business and IT execs find themselves in today. While we’re all completely reliant on software to do business and become “digital”, we know and understand very little about the software that runs our lives. How durable it is, how secure, how large, how complex, and whether it’s getting better or worse. These findings largely remain a mystery.
But Software Intelligence is changing that. Some of the world’s thought leaders in Software Intelligence came to share their views. Here is what we heard:
The Head of Transformation from TechMahindra presented their New Age Delivery platform. A space-age kit for serving ADM clients. Based on intelligence and automation to promote reuse and faster delivery. Software Intelligence is a prerequisite for effective ADM automation.
A Senior Consultant from Metri, who is also President of the International Software Benchmarking Standards Group (ISBSG) told us that Agile is not always more productive and that many IT leaders are getting frustrated. Standards-based Software Intelligence can help solve this problem.
The CTO of a major global shipbuilding firm said he’s been amazed that most IT leaders use the same LOC and complexity metrics he had as a hobbyist 30 years ago. He now uses automated Software Intelligence to get a grip on IT risk and reduce cost in his IT shop.
A leader from EY who helps G1000 companies set up Global IT Centers (GICs), formerly known as “captives,” explained how GICs are transforming and maturing. Software Intelligence is an inherent part of this journey for the leading GICs.
The VP of Software Intelligence at Broadridge explained how this leading-edge fintech uses Software Intelligence, combined with ML and deep analytics, to prioritize the areas in their software they need to remediate.
The Head of the UK ADM business at IBM shared his war stories about helping banks overcome IT failures. He showed us several examples of using Software Intelligence to identify core problems in order to prevent them from happening again.
The Head of Software Heritage explained this enormous repository of open source component signatures, and how this contributes to our collective Software Intelligence, as well as practical uses such as tracking the provenance of open source components.
We heard from the Head of Delivery at Cognizant about their enormous deployment of Software Intelligence technology from CAST. Cognizant is using this to deliver better software, to train their personnel and to provide output- and outcome-based metrics to their clients.
Lastly, we saw a panel with two Senior Partners from BCG, who explained the CEO and board-level perspective on software. They have a huge appetite for fact-based Software Intelligence in order to know more about IT risk and make informed investment decisions.
There was also a wide range of use cases for Software Intelligence described across the sessions. From M&A due diligence to solving the developer skills shortage gap. From preventing security risk to understanding the productivity of app dev teams. It was enlightening and exciting to see the category growing in so many ways and in robust use across such a large representation of industry leaders.
My big takeaway: as software is eating the world, we are entering an age of enlightenment about software – as a business community, as creators of code, and as a society. And the first step in becoming more enlightened is to get smarter about our software.
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.