Agile Introduction: Are You a Laggard?

Introduction
The purpose of this white paper is to portray the worldwide state of agile adoption for our readers. While much has been written about the strengths and weaknesses of the technology, little data has been published to show how widely agile methods are used. This paper corrects that by providing data from our databases for public consumption. As shown in Figure 1, agile methods have become the dominant software development paradigm used throughout the world based on data from 330 organizations. Some of these organizations are offshoots of the 120 firms and government organizations from which we have received data. Figure 2 summarizes which agile methodologies are in use by these organizations. As many said that they were using a hybrid approach, i.e., one that combined agile with traditional concepts, we have included their response and categorized them as either hybrid or hybrid/lean (agile combined with lean).

Software Risk Driven Application Development

Understanding Software Risks Created by Poor Application Development and Release Practices
While the conditions that drive software project managers, development teams and their leadership are often in the best interest of the company, they sometimes fail to recognize the software risks introduced to the business by these decisions or behaviors.  A review of the latest software risks affecting businesses illustrates that development organizations are notoriously poor at managing software development processes such as releases and evolutions.

“SAP” is Not Just SAP

As SAP is extended and expanded, it spawns a network of transactions, potentially written in different languages, and some inconsistencies in data models. An SAP implementation is not just SAP, it’s JEE, JSP, HTML as well as custom ABAP. Analyzing the characteristics of these applications by hand requires a set of experts in each language, and tends to be expensive.  There are excellent tools for analyzing the individual technology, but in a complex and expansive environment like SAP, what is required is a tool that can analyze across technology environments.

Code Analysis for SAP: What was Learned at ASUG NJ

CAST recently sponsored the ASUG NJ Summer Chapter meeting, held on June 12th. ASUG is a renowned organization across US and Canada for SAP professionals and organizations working in the field of SAP. The conference was attended by more than 100 professionals from companies across various industries. The full day event featured many interesting presentations including a presentation of the latest CRASH report on SAP.

Royal Bank of Scotland’s IT Failure Exposes Vulnerabilities in Digital Banking

Last Wednesday the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) underwent an IT failure which withheld 600,000 payments from customer accounts. This occurs seven months after RBS was fined ₤56 million due to an IT Crash in 2012 that impeded customers from accessing their online accounts. The poor system performance has caused difficulties for customers and shock from the banking community.

We’re Growing! CAST Welcomes Raj Saxena to the Team

Raj Saxena joins CAST as the new Senior Vice President, Business Development, North America Global SIs after 28 years of experience at IBM. His expertise includes leading in complex global environments, strategic planning and building strong business relationships. At IBM he was central to the company’s global delivery strategy and established capabilities in Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Raj Saxena brings his renowned skills to CAST and will be a worthy addition to the North America team.

Learn more about what Raj Saxena will be a part of in North America for CAST here.

SAP Performance Does Not Come “Out of the Box”

One of the allures of SAP has been the pre-built business transactions which promise speed to value and the ability to leverage code.  With the business processes, transactions, and architecture defined, success must be just around the corner. The reality has not quite kept pace. 54% of organizations experience ERP project budget overages.