You’d be hard pressed to find any organization that isn’t using measurement — either for marketing, sales, social media, and countless other ways. In fact, a recent report from IDC predicts that by 2017, 80% of the CIO’s time will be focused on analytics, cybersecurity, and creating new revenue streams through digital services.
So why is it that, with such a clear understanding of the value of measurement and analytics, the notion of measuring application development is still absent from the board room?
For many IT-intensive enterprises, the bloating cost of maintaining software applications may be the biggest elephant in the room. Software maintenance costs typically comprise up to 75% of the total cost of ownership of each application. With so much investment and energy dedicated to keeping the lights on, finding a way to better allocate IT resources — even just by a marginal amount — can have significant impact on the enterprise’s capacity to innovate.
CAST’s research into this area has uncovered some provocative findings. As we’ve discussed previously on the On Quality blog, the cost of maintaining a software application is directly proportional to its size and complexity. IT organizations can take several steps using static code quality analysis to reduce size and complexity, and thus diminish their software maintenance costs.
Last week I took a short sub-channel trip to attend CAST’s Annual CIO Conference on Risk and Productivity Measurement, in Paris. Having only fluency in English, and limited proficiency in Mandarin, I was a little nervous to travel alone to France – having been warned by a French colleague the Parisians could be especially intolerant when it came to bad French. Continue reading →
Q&A from the 30-minute webinar where Andrew Agerbak, Associate Director from BCG, described some of the ways IT executives use software measurement in driving transformational programs. Continue reading →
Avenue of The Americas in New York was awash with software quality metrics and quotes Thursday night as we celebrated our Software Quality Action Forum and AIP 7.3 Launch Party at the Eventi Hotel. Continue reading →
The newest release of our Application Intelligence Platform — AIP 7.3 — we focused on making an enterprise software analysis and measurement program more streamlined, informative, and customizable. Continue reading →