Tag: software analysis

The rate at which security issues have plagued businesses lately is staggering. Every week we hear of multiple vulnerabilities, millions of personal data records being exposed and corporations watching profits dwindle as reparation costs for these breaches extend into millions and even billions of dollars.

Insecure Over Quality

Human beings are an odd animal. We’re the only animal that experiences embarrassment over mistakes; some say we’re the only animal that realizes we make them. We also run a full gamut of emotions when we make mistakes – from frustration and self-deprecation to humor and acceptance.

Developers: They're Only Human

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

In this week's IT Software Quality Report podcast, Bob Martin, a principal engineer at MITRE Systems, discusses with CISQ Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other organizations are using software quality metrics to better judge the software and services offered by vendors and contractors. Martin says thanks to the increasing use of software quality assessments, organizations are becoming more aware of what to look for in software design and architecture in order to make their applications more "reliable, rugged and resilient" and avoid the failure of critical systems. What's more, organizations are finally understanding that software quality is more than a matter of normal feature bugs: it is the reliability and security of the application -- and software quality assessments must become part of the organization's due diligence process.

Software Quality Metrics Improve IT Decisions

The hits keep coming for Sony. Unfortunately for the music label and technology icon, though, its latest hits aren’t the ones that chart on Billboard, but rather the kind that cost it money and give the company a black eye in the media.

Sony: 'Oops!...I did it Again!'

In the Bible, when Moses returns to Mount Sinai after smashing the Ten Commandments, God says to him, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

Insight into the Rewrite

Happy Birthday to Agile Development! You’re 10 years old now; that’s an important age. A lot of things start happening at age 10. The pre-teen years start and things will seem to get awkward. Most important, a lot more will be expected of you.

Agile Turns 10 – Time to Grow Up

There once was a time when "settlers" were a hearty bunch. They were determined, adventurous folks who risked all to head out from their homes in the East to grab a piece of the unknown in the West on the premise of “what might be.”

Quality Doesn’t have to be an Afterthought

Outsourcing is not exactly a new idea. As far back as the 1950’s, companies that found they didn’t have the resources in-house to perform tasks began looking to other individuals and companies to fulfill their needs. It wasn’t until the late 80’s that outsourcing really began to take off as companies turned to “offshoring” of outsourced projects to countries such as China and India in order to take advantage of the savings in labor costs.

IT Outsourcing: Do You Know Where Your Software Is?

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