Tag: software measurement

Software today is more complex than it has ever been. New technologies emerge rapidly and as applications evolve to utilize them, gaps occur. Some gaps result in “technical debt”, an industry term to describe development practices where ideal craftsmanship has not been achieved and additional work needs to be done.
CI/CD DevOps: Enhancing Continuous Delivery with Software Intelligence

On June 22nd, CAST held its annual User Group in Italy, hosting software measurement professionals from major companies in the Banking, Insurance, Telco, Public Sector and IT Consulting industries for a four-hour working session. Attendees walked away from the event with a better understanding of best practices in establishing objective software measurement standards and creating better visibility in to application portfolios.

Among CAST Application Intelligence Platform presentations and updates regarding the new CISQ RFC for Automated Enhanced Points and its relationship with the AFP OMG standard, attendees also discussed software measurement in Agile and DevOps environments.

Takeaways from the CAST Italy Summer User Group

CAST is pleased to announce the release of AIP 8.1, a continuation of the big step forward made in AIP 8.0. AIP 8.1 extends the functionality of Application Intelligence Platform to provide greater technology support, improved reporting and new code viewing capabilities in the Application Engineering Dashboard (AED).

 Java 8 Support

Java 8 is quickly being adopted by Java developers. CAST now fully supports Java 8 and can help you find flaws linked to the use of the very popular Java 8 lambda functions, among others.

CAST Releases Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) 8.1

A recurring issue for IT and business management is whether it’s best to build an in-house team or outsource the development of software applications. Some of the biggest factors when contemplating application outsourcing are cost, security and loss of control.

Business agility remains a top priority, but this puts added pressure on teams to move fast, and can sometimes lead to rushed projects and a lack of attention to detail. When in-house teams are under tight deadline restrictions, corners can get cut. In fact, most in the developer community agree that outsourcing is the best way to go for timely and on-budget development projects.

Adding Measurement to Your Application Outsourcing

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

1On April 6th, CAST held a user group meeting on the topic of function point analysis and software productivity measurement. The meeting gathered more than 20 software measurement professionals from major companies in the banking, IT consulting, telecom, aviation and public sectors for a two-hour working session to discuss the benefits of function point analysis testing.

The event featured presentations including:

  1. An IBM case study on how they worked with CAST to integrate and secure an Automated Function Point (AFP) approach with a big player in the aeronautic sector within TMA Systems
  2. Functional sizing case study
  3. Updates on the new CISQ standards for Automated Function Points
  4. The importance of internal and external benchmarking
CAST User Group on Function Point Analysis: Key Findings

Software risks to the business, specifically Application Resiliency, headline a recent executive roundtable hosted by CAST and sponsored by IBM Italy, ZeroUno and the Boston Consulting Group.  European IT executives from the financial services industry assembled to debate the importance of mitigating software risks to their business.

Software Risk: Executive Insights on Application Resiliency

Companies worldwide use SAP, but SAP by itself does not resolve all of an organizations issues. As a result, a number of organizations need to customize SAP applications to suit their purposes, but this has met with mixed results.

CAST today released the results of the 2014-2015 CRASH Report for SAP, which revealed more than half of those organizations opting to customize SAP applications have encountered increased application risk, additional software risk management costs and disruption of critical business processes.

CRASH Report: Customized SAP Apps Increase Application Risk, Decrease Business Performance

In business, measurement is key. It’s not a new concept, of course, but it’s one that information technology has enabled to be implemented to a higher degree than ever before. Function point analysis is one of those areas where, like initiatives such as Six Sigma, the ability to measure can help insure ultimate success.

Function Points Analysis: On Point at Federal Productivity Workshop

There’s a common belief in the software development space that when companies choose application outsourcing of their projects, the control they relinquish by doing so results in lower application quality and puts their projects at risk. Once again, however, CAST’s biennial CRASH Report, which reviews the structural quality of business critical applications, has disproved this theory.

Is Application Security Risk a Result of Outsourcing?

For the last half-decade, a debate has raged over which project management method reigned supreme – Agile or Waterfall. To determine which held the advantage, some looked at the management techniques and fluidity with which projects were completed, others judged the debate by pointing to the structural quality of the applications being developed.

Agile-Waterfall Hybrid Best for Structural Quality According to CRASH Report Findings

Join software measurement practitioners from government and industry at an event on June 2nd just outside of Washington DC. Discussion topics to include: the use of software analytics in all areas of enterprise program and development management, software measurement, automated function points, and software productivity management.

Function Points, Software Analytics and Much More! Join Us in DC on June 2nd

On May 13th, a group of IT executives highlighted the importance of these software analysis and measurement in order to maintain software quality standards and to uphold a healthy and efficient relationship with business stakeholders and application service providers.

How Software Can Improve with Automated Software Analysis and Measurement: IV Edition CIO Conference

CAST sponsored the 2015 International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference (ISMA10) held in Charlotte, on April 30th.  This conference, hosted by the International Function Point User Group (IFPUG), brings software measurement professionals from Europe, North America, and South America to exchange software measurement and function point expertise and to network.  The conference was attended by more than 50 software measurement professional and certified function point counters from across the global.  The full day event featured presentations including:

Summary of the 2015 International Function Point User Group Conference (IFPUG) & International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference (ISMA10)

Dr. Carol Woody of SEI was recently featured on a CISQ webinar about the correlation of software quality and software security. Her lessons on this topic highlight why software security cannot be something added after-the-fact, it must rather be factored into the development of software applications from the moment coding begins.

This is a lesson that companies such as Sony need to learn. While past breaches like the ones carried out by the LulzSec group in 2011, affected their customers and cost them dearly in terms of reputation and reparations, the one they suffered late last year hurt them much closer to home when cyber criminals breached Sony’s entire network and threatened to expose all stolen data.

Poor Software Quality Impacts Application Security

If you read the news these days, one would think that software security is something that is layered on top of existing software systems. The truth is, however, that software security needs to be woven into the very fabric of every system and this begins with eliminating vulnerabilities by measuring software quality as the system is built.

During the CAST Software Quality Fall Users Group, Dr. Carol Woody, PhD, senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, whose research focuses on cyber security engineering, discussed the importance of software quality as a basis for security.

Making Software Quality the First Measure of Software Security

Last month in this space I wrote about the importance of optimizing the cost-effectiveness of Captives (i.e., Global In-House Centers) by setting metrics and enhancing process transparency for better management of them. For these management methods to work, though, an organization needs to employ automated function points as a way to way to gain insight about current costs and supplied value, which can then be used to enhance received output from current or future providers.

Automated Function Points Provide Data-Driven Captives Management

Barbara Beech, an expert in the field of IT development for telecommunications companies, recently spoke to CAST in a video chat about her experience using software analysis and measurement as well as automated function points to gain visibility into IT vendor deliverables.

As a solution to gaining visibility into IT vendor deliverables, Beech points to the CAST Automated Function Points (AFP) capability – an automatic function points counting method that is based on rules defined by the International Function Point User Group (IFPUG). CAST automates the manual counting process by using the structural information retrieved by source code analysis, database structure and transactions.

VIDEO: IT Expert Calls Upon Automated Function Points for Vendor Management

Benjamin Rehberg, Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group and former consultant for IBM Global Business Services, discusses the importance of both IT risk management and application portfolio management (APM) in a video conversation with CAST. He looks at the challenges for IT leaders, the need for software measurement and discusses how IT transformation can improve business operations.

IT RISK MANAGEMENT: A Conversation with BCG’s Benjamin Rehberg