Category: Software Measurement

AIP 8.3.3 makes it easier than ever for architects and team leads to consume and act on Software Intelligence.
10 Things You Should Know About the New Application Intelligence Platform
Lessons learned from American Express measuring quality in the software supply chain
IT Vendor Management Trends: Four Unexpected Benefits of Measuring Software Quality
Software Intelligence into the true effort, work and quality delivered by teams and partners should be standardized and consistent for complete transparency.
Why Measurement Matters in Outsourced Application Development
Cristina Alvarez, former CIO of Telefónica, shares why understanding software is increasingly important to business operations.
CIO Perspective: Why Software Intelligence is Imperative in a Digital World
CAST provides continuous support for OWASP Top Ten vulnerabilities, providing users with an automated validation of protection. This helps development teams detect places where vulnerabilities are left in code.
Application Security Vulnerability Detection
At the upcoming Matinée CIO event in Paris, CAST, along with select partners and customers, will address challenges and best practices for digital transformation initiatives, including compliance, cloud migration, application security and establishing an Agile culture.
CAST Talks AppSec, Compliance and Digital Transformation at Matinée CIO
Software risk is business risk, but who is ultimately responsible? This blog explores insights from the Cutter Consortium on how to de-risk business-critical software systems.
Software Risk is Business Risk
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) aims to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations are able to make informed decisions. OWASP provides impartial, practical information about AppSec. This post reviews known OWASP vulnerabilities detected by CAST's software analysis.
Application Security Vulnerabilities Detectable by CAST
Making the case for Application Mass Index (AMI) as a method for standardizing application measurement
Know Your Defect Density: Part Two
On June 9th, CAST hosted the event, How to Control Software Risk and Cost in Digital Transformation, in Madrid with CISQ and Dr. Richard Soley, CEO and Chairman of the Object Management Group.
How to Manage Software Risk and Cost in Digital Transformation

There is more data to manage today than ever before, and this is creating an increasingly pounding headache for business executives that no dose of aspirin will soon relieve. With so many different forms of data and ways of storing that information within the organization, new data management methodologies are needed to make sense of this mind-numbing flood also known as Big Data.

Enter NoSQL. Differing from its much older and experienced brother – SQL – NoSQL has come onto the scene as the “new” and “hip” database paradigm (much like we talk about the Millennial generation). Also known as “Not Only SQL”, NoSQL is a flexible approach to data management and design that is useful for very large sets of distributed, unstructured data.

Big Data and NoSQL: Analyzing Complex Application Portfolios

On June 22nd, CAST held its annual User Group in Italy, hosting software measurement professionals from major companies in the Banking, Insurance, Telco, Public Sector and IT Consulting industries for a four-hour working session. Attendees walked away from the event with a better understanding of best practices in establishing objective software measurement standards and creating better visibility in to application portfolios.

Among CAST Application Intelligence Platform presentations and updates regarding the new CISQ RFC for Automated Enhanced Points and its relationship with the AFP OMG standard, attendees also discussed software measurement in Agile and DevOps environments.

Takeaways from the CAST Italy Summer User Group

A recurring issue for IT and business management is whether it’s best to build an in-house team or outsource the development of software applications. Some of the biggest factors when contemplating application outsourcing are cost, security and loss of control.

Business agility remains a top priority, but this puts added pressure on teams to move fast, and can sometimes lead to rushed projects and a lack of attention to detail. When in-house teams are under tight deadline restrictions, corners can get cut. In fact, most in the developer community agree that outsourcing is the best way to go for timely and on-budget development projects.

Adding Measurement to Your Application Outsourcing

Today, CAST is meeting hundreds of Enterprise Architect aficionados, gurus, practitioners and professionals in National Harbor at the Gartner EA Summit. When glancing at the agenda, it is evident that EA has become omnipresent and is interacting either directly or indirectly with 100% of hot IT challenges such as Digital Transformation, Cloud Readiness, Internet of Things, Cyber Security and Innovation - the topics that are keeping many executives up at night.

The intent of this post is to share “one” view of the EA journey and provide some personal insight into software risk management and what I think will be the upcoming challenges in our favorite discipline.

EA Insights – The Fact-Based Measurement Effect

1On April 6th, CAST held a user group meeting on the topic of function point analysis and software productivity measurement. The meeting gathered more than 20 software measurement professionals from major companies in the banking, IT consulting, telecom, aviation and public sectors for a two-hour working session to discuss the benefits of function point analysis testing.

The event featured presentations including:

  1. An IBM case study on how they worked with CAST to integrate and secure an Automated Function Point (AFP) approach with a big player in the aeronautic sector within TMA Systems
  2. Functional sizing case study
  3. Updates on the new CISQ standards for Automated Function Points
  4. The importance of internal and external benchmarking
CAST User Group on Function Point Analysis: Key Findings

Software risks to the business, specifically Application Resiliency, headline a recent executive roundtable hosted by CAST and sponsored by IBM Italy, ZeroUno and the Boston Consulting Group.  European IT executives from the financial services industry assembled to debate the importance of mitigating software risks to their business.

Software Risk: Executive Insights on Application Resiliency

Reifer Consultants LLC’s recent white paper, Software Benchmarks and Benchmarking, discusses software benchmarking process and provides information on industry

Software Benchmarks and Benchmarking

Last week, CAST, a global leader in software analytics, invited more than 100 IT professionals to participate in a software risk and analytics roundtable in New York, NY. The daylong exchange included CIOs, industry analysts, systems integrators and IT advisory firms. As an outcome of this gathering, CAST published an IT Trends 2016 Report. The following post attempts to capture some of the exchange between participants and key takeaways.

IT Trends 2016: Insights from the CAST CIO and IT Leaders’ Roundtable Discussion

The purpose of this white paper is to portray the worldwide state of agile adoption for our readers. While much has been written about the strengths and weaknesses of the technology, little data has been published to show how widely agile methods are used. This paper corrects that by providing data from our databases for public consumption. As shown in Figure 1, agile methods have become the dominant software development paradigm used throughout the world based on data from 330 organizations. Some of these organizations are offshoots of the 120 firms and government organizations from which we have received data. Figure 2 summarizes which agile methodologies are in use by these organizations. As many said that they were using a hybrid approach, i.e., one that combined agile with traditional concepts, we have included their response and categorized them as either hybrid or hybrid/lean (agile combined with lean).

Agile Introduction: Are You a Laggard?