Steria Announces Portfolio Analysis Service Based on CAST Highlight

Leading European Services Provider Engages Full CAST Product Set for Innovation

NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 – CAST, a world leader in software analysis and measurement, today announced an extension of its partnership with Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services. As part of this extension, Steria will release a Rapid Portfolio Analysis (RPA) service, based on CAST Highlight. RPA is a cloud-based solution for portfolio analysis complementary to existing application analysis services also offered via CAST technology.

Steria launched an Enterprise Industrialization plan many years ago. In that context Steria and CAST have developed a close collaboration and significant industrialization investments. As part of this program, two years ago Steria implemented CAST Solution Services (CSS), powered by CAST Application Intelligence Platform, for systematic Quality Management Services (QMS) to be at the core of all Steria shared deliver centers.

Today, CSS is able to provide automated output results to any delivery center or client in less than five days, thru a global delivery model located in France, UK, and India. The CSS ensures the highest software quality standards in application development and maintenance on a multi-year basis, enabling a strong continuous improvement plan cross all industry sectors and geographies at the different stages of the application lifecycle to take benefits of quality improvement and savings.

The QMS services make the invisible visible by mitigating risk, measuring adherence to architectural and coding standards, providing a bottom-up view of development quality and Technical Debt and deep exploration of risks application by application. When applied to critical applications, the service aims to reduce the risk of high impact business disruptions due to corrupted data, application outages, security breaches and performance problems.

An ideal complement to the existing QMS services, RPA provides a fantastic opportunity to quickly identify the risk zones in the application portfolio. It is incredibly easy to use (browser-based), very fast (50 apps analyzed in 1 week) and completely secure (no code is transferred, so no confidentiality issues). RPA is intended for clients looking for a way to maximize the business value of their IT portfolios, reduce business risk associated with the failure of mission-critical application software, and improve the level of trust between IT and business.

“CAST is very pleased to be part of the innovative RightApps transformation program,” said Marc Zablit, EVP of Business Development at CAST. “We are very committed to Steria’s industrialization program and to making all the CSS capabilities successful across Steria’s client base.”

Karine Brunet, Executive Vice President, industrial service business lines, Steria, says, “Applications management is incredibly important for today’s enterprise, particularly as the environment continues to evolve. Employees now demand access to a plethora of applications from a multitude of devices, putting increasing pressure on IT departments. The agreement with CAST will mean that clients can more easily identify the applications that will give them the greatest IT transformation benefits, and so realise business advantages more quickly. It is imperative that our clients are able to better manage the growing complexity of application environments now – and this agreement will help enable them to do just that”. 

About Steria
Steria delivers IT enabled business services which help organisations in the public and private sectors operate more efficiently and profitably. By combining in depth understanding of our clients’ businesses with expertise in IT and business process outsourcing, we take on our clients’ challenges and develop innovative solutions to address them. Through our highly collaborative consulting style, we work with our clients to transform their business, enabling them to focus on what they do best. Our 20,000 people, working across 16 countries, support the systems, services and processes that make today’s world turn, touching the lives of millions around the globe each day.

Founded in 1969, Steria has offices in Europe, India, North Africa and SE Asia and 2011 revenues of €1.75 billion. 21%(*) of Steria’s capital is owned by its employees. Headquartered in Paris, Steria is listed on the Euronext Paris market.

About CAST
CAST is a pioneer and world leader in Software Analysis and Measurement, with unique technology resulting from more than $100 million in R&D investment. CAST introduces fact-based transparency into application development and sourcing to transform it into a management discipline. More than 250 companies across all industry sectors and geographies rely on CAST to prevent business disruption while reducing hard IT costs. CAST is an integral part of software delivery and maintenance at the world's leading IT service providers.

Founded in 1990, CAST is listed on NYSE-Euronext (Euronext: CAS) and serves IT intensive enterprises worldwide with a network of offices in North America, Europe and India. For more information about CAST: