Tag: Software Quality

Securing open source - Lev Lesokhin spoke with CSO Online about how large IT organizations can secure their business critical applications from known vulnerabilities and shoddy software quality. Be sure to check...
Software Quality: The Problem with Ignoring the Open Source Quality

The current state of outsourced application development is a sorry state of affairs because of myriad software quality issues causing unprecedented glitches and crashes. It’s not that all outsourcers are making terrible software, rather, it’s that governments and organizations have no way of accurately measuring the performance, robustness, security, risk, and structural quality of the applications once they’ve been handed the keys.

CISQ Aims to Bring Software Quality Sanity Back to Federal Outsourcing

In the spirit of Yogi Berra, I’ve decided to list of the obvious things that I know in life: water is wet, the sky is blue, and big software projects fail.

I’m sure that you are aware of the very public failure of the centerpiece of Obamacare, Healthcare.gov, and by now have heard enough of the public interrogations of this project, the system, its agency, and policy.

Rather than adding to that, I’d caution that instead of staring too long and too closely at this incident, we should allow it to serve as a simple reminder that there are more and bigger failures lurking.

Stating the Obvious: Big Software Projects Fail

The future challenges for Software Quality assurance (SQA) follow a few software trends, including:

Emerging Trends and Software Quality Assurance

We’re less than a month into the launch of HealthCare.gov, and as each day passes we’re finding out about more glitches, shoddy code quality, a lack of end-to-end testing, and rushed changes made days before the healthcare exchange was to go live. All of which are symptomatic of a software project being rushed to completion to meet a deadline without considering the implications of a botched launch.

Haste Makes Waste Again: Healthcare.gov Faces a Long and Expensive Recovery

Whether you move from an on-premise platform to a mobile device or a virtual cloud environment, security has always been the biggest concern. It’s no more shocking to hear about big banks, financial institutes, and large organizations shutting down their business or coming to a standstill due to an unexpected system crash, a security breach, or a virus attack.

Security outages are observed on all platforms. And it is becoming more and more challenging to detect and prevent such malicious intruders from getting into our complex multi-tier systems.

6 Root Causes for Software Security Failures and How to Fix Them

It’s no surprise that organizations are moving more and more of their business critical systems to the cloud because of its availability, speed, and ease-of-use. But how does this effect and organizations ability to properly test and maintain the quality of those systems?

SODA, Anyone?

Measuring application quality to get useful results requires proper analysis of the right source code perimeter in the most relevant way. But it doesn’t stop with just one measurement, you can follow the evolution of indicators for a given period in order to anticipate potential troubles and to be in a position to make good decisions.

To each task its tool

Everything moves fast in the IT world. It is said that a year can be translated to seven years in a dog’s life. Well, the translation is much higher in IT. Every year, new computing languages are created. They might differ from the previous one by a comma, but they are created nonetheless. Should we adapt our conceptions of software quality to those new languages?

As software evolves, the need for quality is the same

With a worrying uptick in the number of IT glitches, halts, and crashes that have been plaguing Wall Street and other critical industries over the past year, business leaders are beginning to realize the importance of tracking the software quality and risk metrics of their core business applications to keep them robust and reliable.

CAST AIP 7.1 update brings relevant & reliable software quality metrics to the enterprise

Good things come in three! I wouldn’t say we have saved the best for last, but the information we’re covering in this post is an exciting one! If you haven’t been following our series, I encourage you to read about what we have already announced is coming in AIP 7.1 -- the new delivery management tool and the Appmarq industry benchmarking repository. In this post, we wanted to give you an advance preview of a feature that will be made available towards the end of the year, with the next release of AIP. We’re talking about the design of our dashboard.

New CAST AIP Release: Part 3 - The Design

As you may have heard, we are launching a brand-new version of CAST Application Intelligence Platform this month, and we’re giving our readers a special preview of what’s in store for the release in a series of blog posts. In case you missed it, we previously shared details on the new Delivery Management Tool that eases the process of delivering enterprise source code.

New CAST AIP Release: Part 2 - Appmarq

Remember when you were younger and would anxiously wait to hear the latest release from your favorite band? Before iTunes and online music services, it required listening to the radio hoping to tune in just when they would play it and rushing out to the record store to buy the new album.

We feel the same way about the latest release of the CAST Application Intelligence Platform (AIP), and we think you will too! We are so excited about the newest version of the platform that we are doing something that most software companies don’t do -- give you an advance look at upcoming features and technologies in AIP 7.1.

Calling all CAST fans! New CAST AIP release: Part 1 – Delivery Management Tool

CAST has worked with David Consulting Group (DCG), the premier global provider of Application Development & Maintenance (ADM) support solutions for software optimization, for many years. Illustrating the maturing Software Analysis & Measurement market, DCG recently expanded their offerings to include the Application Code Quality Center of Excellence, providing comprehensive code quality and portfolio analysis services powered by CAST.

One + One = Three: DCG Extends Outsourced ADM Support Offerings with CAST

From IT’s perspective, the business is always asking for new applications -- apps to innovate, or simply make their jobs a little easier. The problem is, it always want them done quickly and be up and running perfectly at launch.

Maintaining software quality on the bleeding edge