Tag: Software

In this week's IT Software Quality Report, Manuel Barbero, CTO and head of strategy and marketing at UBS, continues his discussion with CISQ Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, about software quality methods at UBS.

Software Quality: A Two-Way Street

We woke today to the news that back in March a Pentagon defense contractor was the subject of a cyberattack by an unidentified nation state that resulted in 24,000 sensitive files being stolen.

The Enemy Within

As you may know from my bio here, I’m a big fan of Boston sports. So you can understand how thrilled I was a few weeks ago when “my” Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time since I was my daughter’s age!

It wasn’t easy for them, though. Through the first round of the playoffs, they looked like they could be a “one-and-done” team and everybody – including some alleged diehard fans – were already calling for the dismissal of their head coach because of their anemic performance. Nevertheless, they made the necessary adjustments, got some stellar work out of key individuals, overcame a few adversities and in the end proved to be the best team in the National Hockey League this year.

In Defense of Agile

In this week's IT Software Quality Report, Manuel Barbero, CTO and head of strategy and marketing at UBS, sits down with CISQ Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, to discuss the importance of measuring software quality in ensuring an agile organization.

Helping UBS Move Faster than its Competitors

Sony, Sega, RSA, the International Monetary Fund, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, even the CIA. It seems no organization – private or public – is immune to hackers these days.

Hackers are Getting Smarter; are You?

One of my favorite reads among tech bloggers is Dion Hinchcliffe over at ZDNet. I’ve followed his blogs for much of the last five years and whether I agree with him or not, I almost invariably find his points compelling and his willingness not to mince words refreshing; he even makes the occasional light bulb go off in my head.

Structural Quality: The Invisible Hand

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

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

From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan back in March to the tornadoes that have ripped through the Midwestern United States over the last two months, we have been witness to the violence and destruction Mother Nature can inflict without warning.

As we begin to move on from the shock of the destruction wrought by these natural disasters, we turn our attention to the recovery, both in human terms and in terms of business.

Avoid Disaster in Disaster Recovery

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

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

It’s nearly impossible these days to pick up a trade publication covering the tech industry without reading something about cloud computing. The plethora of coverage is enough to make one think that cloud computing is the latest technological panacea, good for everything from live data storage to data archiving and all enterprise needs in between.

Who’ll Stop the Rain: Seeking Quality in the Cloud

It’s Patch Tuesday again. The monthly rite of passage for Microsoft as it attempts to patch some of the holes in its software that it didn’t bother to fix before they put it in the box as well as those exposed after the software had been installed in millions of devices.

It’s Tuesday; Do You Know Where Your Patches Are?

Each year, software errors cost U.S. corporations in excess of $60 Billion for repairs and maintenance costs. The problem is pandemic, affecting companies of all sizes from those topping the Fortune list to pre-IPO start-ups.

And the cost of software failures is not only financial. The hit to a company’s reputation that results from software malfunctions can result in lost customers, lost new business and damaged reputation, compounding the costs to fix the problem. When it comes to software, quality counts!

Waylaying the 'Elephant in the Room'

There are many different levels of software quality related crises in the IT world. There are those that are a mere inconvenience, like when Twitter, Facebook or Gmail go down. There are those that pose a significant business difficulty, like when a number of financial organizations faced outages recently. In the medical industry, however, software quality failures go beyond inconvenience and difficulty; they result in life and death consequences!

Software Quality IS a Matter of Life & Death

“Once more into the breach, dear friends…” wrote William Shakespeare in his epic work, Henry V.

Once More into the Breach