Toast, Coffee & Software Quality


Last week’s admissions of bugs in newly released software by Apple and Google were just the latest reminders that the battle between bringing software products to market quickly and optimizing software quality is coming to a head in a year that has seen far more than its share of software outages, malfunctions and security breaches. Most of these problems have been the direct result of problems with the structural quality of software and have cost the companies hit by them a great deal both financially and in terms of reputation.

In a case of appropriate timing, this struggle will be the topic of a three-city executive breakfast series this week titled, “The Economics of Quality Software.” Hosted by CAST, the world leader in software analysis and measurement, each of the three sessions will present how, in the face of the current regulatory requirements, intense competition and merger activity, executives can make the difficult choice between speed and quality when it comes to application development.

The sessions will feature technology industry luminary, Capers Jones, and CAST Vice President of Product Development, Olivier Bonsignour, who co-wrote the recently released book, “The Economics of Software Quality". The presenters will offer practical, data-driven methods for helping executives make the right tradeoffs between delivery speed, business risk, and technical debt – the cost of fixing problems which, if left unfixed, can lead to outages and data breaches.

The breakfast tour opens tomorrow, Tuesday (November 8th) in Atlanta, GA, continues in Charlotte, NC, on Wednesday (November 9th) and concludes in Dallas, TX, on Thursday (November 10th). To register for any of these events or for more information about them, visit the CAST Events page.

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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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