Category: Software Productivity Measurement

Software Intelligence improves project success rates by increasing team understanding of software complexity and predicting required effort.
Why Software Intelligence Is Ushering In a New Era of Productivity Measurement
Naresh Choudhary from Infosys explains how the company is using Software Intelligence to improve software quality by up to 15%.
CIO Perspective: Software Intelligence as a Foundation for Machine Learning and AI
As banks, financial services and insurance organizations increase their reliance on software-based digital capabilities, they have big decisions to make on how they will protect business operations with effective software risk management.
QA Financial Forum Reviews the Impact of New Regulations on Software Risk Management
Software today is more complex than it has ever been. New technologies emerge rapidly and as applications evolve to utilize them, gaps occur. Some gaps result in “technical debt”, an industry term to describe development practices where ideal craftsmanship has not been achieved and additional work needs to be done.
CI/CD DevOps: Enhancing Continuous Delivery with Software Intelligence
Making the case for Application Mass Index (AMI) as a method for standardizing application measurement
Know Your Defect Density: Part Two
All too often, software projects both exceed their budgetary limitations and are labeled too slow by stakeholders. What is the root of this problem? To isolate the cause of—and fix—this phenomenon, project managers need a new approach.
Know Your Defect Density: Part 1
This fall, CAST hosted its first Seminar on Productivity Measurement in the Context of IT Transformation featuring representatives from the retail, banking and insurance industries in the Netherlands. Featured speakers included CISQ, Allianz, BNP Paribas and METRI.
Why Productivity Measurement Matters

It’s no question that Cloud is no longer a passing phase. In the span of a few years, Cloud has moved from an interesting concept to a useful business tool. What began as a creative tool for testing has moved into the mainstream as a way to improve hardware utilization and expand capacity. The benefits for Cloud are well established, and more customers are moving to consumption-based models, either with captive or public Cloud solutions. Many tools exist to help with Cloud migrations, but few have the flexibility to “see through the Cloud” to the application code, and make that code fit this new world.

See Through the Cloud!

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

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

On May 13th, a group of IT executives highlighted the importance of these software analysis and measurement in order to maintain software quality standards and to uphold a healthy and efficient relationship with business stakeholders and application service providers.

How Software Can Improve with Automated Software Analysis and Measurement: IV Edition CIO Conference

CAST sponsored the 2015 International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference (ISMA10) held in Charlotte, on April 30th.  This conference, hosted by the International Function Point User Group (IFPUG), brings software measurement professionals from Europe, North America, and South America to exchange software measurement and function point expertise and to network.  The conference was attended by more than 50 software measurement professional and certified function point counters from across the global.  The full day event featured presentations including:

Summary of the 2015 International Function Point User Group Conference (IFPUG) & International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference (ISMA10)

On Tuesday, April 28th, at 11am EDT we will host a live webinar with Gartner on one of today’s hottest topics- Digital Transformation.

Digital Transformation has been disrupting industries for some time and, while some companies have successfully managed digital transformations other have not. This event will explore the barriers to digital transformation many organizations are facing due to poor application management practices. Topics covered will include: excessive complexity, the challenges IT leaders face in improving application health and what you can do to reverse the situation. Also to be discussed during the webinar are the warning signs of potential failure for a digital transformation and how leaders and their companies should prepare for digital transformations in their organization to increase the chances of success.

Digital Transformation Obstacles and Lessons Learned from Gartner Research

Last Wednesday we hosted a webinar featuring Steve Naylor of Solvay.

During the webinar, Mr. Naylor illustrated how gaining visibility into critical SAP systems has helped maintain uninterrupted services and reduced development costs.

Mr. Naylor also shared how software analysis and measurement:

  • Provides insight into legacy ABAP systems
  • Identifies security issues not detected by native SAP code analysis tools
  • Reveals hidden software complexity that can cause performance and stability issues
SAP Stability and Performance Webinar Questions Answered

We welcome guest blogger Bill Dickenson, an independent consultant and former VP of Application Management Services for IBM, who brings decades of experience in application development and DevOps. Dickenson’s post below discusses how using CAST’s automated software analysis and measurement solutions helps achieve the benefits of DevOps, while eliminating the risks.

The recent move to cloud based development/operations (DevOps) is changing the testing and development lifecycle by accelerating the speed that code can migrate from development, through testing, and into production. Cloud based testing environments can be instantiated and refreshed at an unprecedented speed.

Improving Code Quality in DevOps

During last week’s webinar on IT Transformation featuring Marc Cecere, vice president and principal analyst for Forrester Research, many questions presented by participants went unanswered due to time constraints. Because these questions are likely being asked by many in the IT arena, we asked Marc’s webinar co-host, Pete Pizzutillo of CAST to provide answers to the three most frequently asked questions.

IT Transformation Webinar Questions Answered

In today’s software-driven business world, IT transformation has become an enormous component of business transformation and software risk management. This is one of the key messages delivered by Marc Cecere, Vice President and Principal Analyst for Forrester Research, during a webinar held recently on Business Transformation, which was sponsored by CAST, Inc.

IT Transformation Major Component of Biz Transformation