Category: Industry News

We’re sure that by now, you’ve seen all of the stories about last week’s computer turmoil at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, the Wall Street Journal, and TD Ameritrade.  And as a top-level executive you’ve probably launched an internal review, or at least asked yourself, “Could it happen here?”
The simple answer is, unfortunately, “yes, it most definitely could.”

An Open Letter to the CIOs of Global 2000 Companies

Shravan Dantu joins CAST as VP and Country Manager, India, from Avanade, a technology services and IT consulting company. During his 18 years of experience, playing various roles in IT consulting and outsourcing services, he has consulted customers across a range of industries such as: Life Sciences, Insurance, Healthcare, Retail, and Financial Services. Shravan has also been involved in setting up large IT, BPO global delivery, and offshoring programs. With such dynamic experience, Shravan is a crucial addition to the CAST team.

We're Growing! Shravan Dantu joins CAST as VP & Country Manager, India

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?

As SAP is extended and expanded, it spawns a network of transactions, potentially written in different languages, and some inconsistencies in data models. An SAP implementation is not just SAP, it’s JEE, JSP, HTML as well as custom ABAP. Analyzing the characteristics of these applications by hand requires a set of experts in each language, and tends to be expensive.  There are excellent tools for analyzing the individual technology, but in a complex and expansive environment like SAP, what is required is a tool that can analyze across technology environments.

“SAP” is Not Just SAP

One of the allures of SAP has been the pre-built business transactions which promise speed to value and the ability to leverage code.  With the business processes, transactions, and architecture defined, success must be just around the corner. The reality has not quite kept pace. 54% of organizations experience ERP project budget overages.

SAP Performance Does Not Come "Out of the Box"

Digital transformationis a project many business executive leaders have recently taken on, especially those in banking and financial services. These organizations are competing to digitally transform front-end systems that are connected to brittle legacy systems. The subsequent failure to identify the structural vulnerabilities in combined applications, produces security and reliability issues the negate the value of digital transformation.

Digital Transformation Event: Join us on June 3rd in Toronto, Canada

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)

Is your IT landscape prepared for the ever-changing demands of digital transformation? A panel of the top IT experts in the United Kingdom joined CAST at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in London on Tuesday to discuss this complex, but increasingly pertinent question. The digital transformation event was attended by many IT professionals within the financial services, telecommunications, retail, government, and IT services industries.

Digital Transformation Priorities: UK IT Leaders Weigh In

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

Last week I attended CAST’s Annual CIO Conference on Risk and Productivity Measurement, in Paris. Upon arrival I realised it was somewhat of a meeting of minds. Analysts, consultants, advisors, IT project leaders and decision makers from across industries were in attendance, all to address software risk, code quality, and some of the biggest issues facing IT today.

CAST CIO Conference: IT's common dreads

We just finished up the 30-minute webinar where Andrew Agerbak, Associate Director from BCG, described some of the ways IT executives use software measurement in driving transformational programs. Andrew cited four case studies, where output metrics helped drive transformation, or at the very least measure its results. We had a number of questions come up in the webinar, so we couldn't get to them all, and not all of you could get to the Q&A session. We went 15 minutes over the 30 minute time slot for Q&A. The main point of this post is to document some of the more important questions and my summary of the answers provided by Andrew, especially for those of you who could not stay on past the half hour.

BCG Webinar Q&A Discussion

In this era of big data, analytics has become an invaluable tool for IT organizations to succeed. Not only for ensuring a high quality product, but also keeping your customers safe from malicious hackers and application crashes. Despite the obvious need, some executives struggle with the business case for proper software analytics and opt for skunk-work metrics that are less accurate and more expensive.

The Best Software Analysis and Measurement Engine Just Got Better

Gartner report highlights “application development managers need new ways to demonstrate and communicate the business value of software quality for innovation projects.”

IT Needs New Ways To Talk About Quality!