Tag: Application Portfolio

Last week, CAST attended the Gartner EA Summit, held at National Harbor. It was two days of jam-packed sessions and workshops about Enterprise Architecture, but what stuck out the most was the value of this very unique discipline as a catalyst for Digital Transformation.

EA and Digital Transformation were the core focus of many presentations, including Mike J. Walker’s session “Leverage EA to Understand the Value and Impacts of Digital Disruption.” Mike stressed that this ever-evolving discipline is becoming a vital component to corporate strategy, delivering high-performing and sustainable business outcomes.

Enterprise Architecture as the Gateway to Digital Transformation – Takeaways from the Gartner EA Summit 2016

In April, Google experienced a fairly significant cloud outage, but it was hardly news at all. In fact, it was likely the most widespread outage to hit a major public cloud to-date. The lack of coverage is strange, considering the industry’s watchful eyes like Brian Krebs and others. The even more recent Salesforce service outage seems to have received more attention. But despite the fact that Google seems to have gotten away with a “pass” this time, the glitch brings renewed attention to the fact that tech players large and small are continuing to deal with software robustness issues.

What Went Wrong at Google - Software Robustness Remains a Struggle

Today, CAST is meeting hundreds of Enterprise Architect aficionados, gurus, practitioners and professionals in National Harbor at the Gartner EA Summit. When glancing at the agenda, it is evident that EA has become omnipresent and is interacting either directly or indirectly with 100% of hot IT challenges such as Digital Transformation, Cloud Readiness, Internet of Things, Cyber Security and Innovation - the topics that are keeping many executives up at night.

The intent of this post is to share “one” view of the EA journey and provide some personal insight into software risk management and what I think will be the upcoming challenges in our favorite discipline.

EA Insights – The Fact-Based Measurement Effect

IT leaders from throughout the federal government discussed the value of how software measurement can positively impact their development process at CAST’s recent Cyber Risk Measurement Workshop in Arlington, VA – just outside of the Washington, D.C. area. The event brought together more than 40 IT leaders from several governmental agencies, including the Department of Defense and Department of State, system integrators and other related organizations. The group shared their experiences in how their respective organizations are driving value to end users and taxpayers.

IT Leaders Address the Value of Software Measurement & Government Mandates Impacting Development

Application portfolio analysis was at the center of discussion as Forrester Research Vice President and Principal Analyst, Margo Visitacion, presented how Agile development is affecting the application development process and IT’s portfolio planning. Ms. Visitacion explained that in the “Age of the customer,” they want more for less and expect companies to fluidly change based on their needs and demands. As companies shift their attention to customers’ experiences rather than production figures, it’s leading directly to higher revenue and a longer-lasting relationships.

Key Discussion Points from Forrester Webinar: Agile Portfolio Management Requires Rapid Transparency

In a merger, integrating company names is hard enough -- imagine having to integrate massive application portfolios?

As the Justice Department and the FCC evaluate the proposed merger between corporate behemoths Time Warner Cable and Comcast, I wonder if the C-suite at both companies are investing as much time evaluating the health and security of one another’s application portfolio. Historically, technical due diligence has lagged greatly behind the financial due diligence.

ComTimeCastWarner: An Application Portfolio Management Nightmare

Because the world of software development is so incredibly complex and modular, quality assurance and testing for software risk has become costly, time-consuming, and at times, inefficient. That’s why many organizations are turning towards a risk-based testing model that can identify problem areas in the code before it’s moved from development to testing. But be careful, because hidden risks can still exist if you don’t implement the model properly throughout your organization.

Software Risk: 3 Things Every IT Manager Must Know About A Risk-Based Testing Model

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

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

You’ve taken the obvious steps to cut costs in your application portfolio, so where do you go next?  With a large, dispersed IT infrastructure and systems that operate in silos, often with duplicative functionality, it’s not necessary to take on your portfolio in a single bite.

CIOs Must Take Stock!

Starting a new job is incredibly stressful as you’re thrust into a brand new environment with new people, new policies, and new systems that you’re unfamiliar with (not to mention checking out the snack situation and learning how to work the security card system -- after you get locked out at least once). Your first few weeks as the “new guy” or “new lady” buys you some slack, but you are still expected to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible so you can start contributing. Well take that situation and multiply it by about a thousand and that’s what it’s like for a new CIO.

You’re on Day One as a New CIO – Now What?!
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