Category: CAST News

p>Last week, CAST issued a report on the summary findings of its second annual CAST Report on Application Software Health (aka CRASH), which delves into the structural quality of business application software. The report has earned significant coverage throughout the technology media, including InformationWeek, InfoWorld and Computerworld, as well as the Wall Street Journal.

A Crash Course on CAST’s New CRASH Report

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.

Toast, Coffee & Software Quality

Whenever a company chooses to outsource, there is a certain relinquishment of control. It is simply neither possible nor desirable to hold tightly to the reins of all aspects of an outsourced project. It stands to reason, therefore, that studies in the industry have revealed that many in IT management either are dissatisfied with their outsourcers or feel their outsourcers have “made up” work to pad their billings.

New Partnership CASTs Eye on Outsourcing

I’ve written quite a bit about the spate of businesses that have suffered some form of disruption over the last few months – security breaches at Sony, Android malware attacks, system outages at the London Stock Exchange, operational system failures on London’s East Coast Line and numerous others. All these cases have had one thing in common: they all have had software structural issues as their root causes.

Managing Risk, Avoiding Disruption

System outages, software failures, security breaches and IT maintenance costs are all rapidly on the rise. It seems like not a day goes by that we don’t read about one company or another announcing that their system went down or revealed personal data to hackers. Couple that with published estimates of technical debt at a half-billion dollars globally and $1 million per company and you see that things are getting out of hand. The sad part about it is it doesn’t have to be that way.

CAST Highlight Gives Enterprises a Kick in the Apps

I’d like to begin by offering a resounding THANK YOU to CAST’s worldwide roster of customers and partners. It’s because of you that the good news just keeps coming from CAST!

Forecast Upbeat for CAST

We’ve known it all along, and now the rest of the Tech industry has been told thanks to the folks at Gartner who earlier this month named us to their “Cool Vendors in Application Services, 2011” report.

Yeah, We’re Cool

This week, Bill Curtis, SVP & Chief Scientist at CAST will be delivering a keynote presentation at CONSEG 2011 in Bangalore, India.

Bill Curtis Keynotes CONSEG 2011

Seldom do the worlds of mainstream network television programming and IT collide. But when they do … it’s comedy. Or at least NBC thinks so. The network is promoting a sitcom called ‘Outsourced’ about an American thirty-something who goes to India to manage a call-center.  Inevitably, comedic culture clashes ensue. Cringe-worthy clip here (SFW but not funny).

CAST Must See-TV Season 2: How to Multisource Applications

For the third year in a row, CAST is pleased to be featured as a key IBM business partner at IBM Innovate 2010. Come visit us in pedestal “L” in the partner pavilion to see Rational and CAST AIP in action!

Win An iPad At Innovate 2010

I heard from an old friend, Shyam Nadig,  who had a question about the previous post -- in particular, how the CAST for ERP solutions compare with products like SAP's Solution Manager.

What Makes ERP Solutions Different?

Running an ERP system? Having any of these problems?

Automated Analysis and Measurement to Eliminate Costly ERP Customization Errors