Executive Visibility – Topping the list of IT Trends 2016 is helping CIOs take advantage of Big Data for themselves, while cutting through the clutter. Accelerating the time from data to decision requires analytics that highlight areas of risk and opportunity in support of business decisions, not technical ones. Proactive, predictive insight arms CIOs with the ability to ask the right questions, to challenge the status quo and surface technical risks that jeopardize revenue, reputation or brand. Real-time solutions that improve the signal-to-noise ratio top the CIO’s wish list for 2016.
From SNAP to Automated Function Points – Creating Value from Measurement
Infographic from “Enabling Enterprise Productivity Measurement by Combining Manual and Automated Functional Sizing”
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:
Software glitches aren’t really news but now we’re seeing software flaws that can cost an organization over $100 million due to poor code quality. This past year we’ve seen major technical and retail brands suffer extensive financial and reputational damage from software disasters – driving software issues out of the back office and into the boardroom.
Dr. Bill Curtis, senior vice president and chief scientist at CAST, and Executive Director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) recently spoke to SD Times about the current state of software quality, and the internationally accepted standards that are revolutionizing how the world builds quality software.
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Software analysis and measurement is the intelligent use of application information to improve IT investment decisions, operational performance, and customer outcomes. While the notion of measuring application development (ADM) has long been a controversial one; as application development and maintenance matures and measurement capabilities evolve organizations are finding that the ability to effectively measure application development output can lead to many benefits:
In this post, we wanted to take a step back and break down exactly what a function point is and how an IT organization can use them to measure application development productivity, improve IT project planning and estimating, and better manage application service providers.
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?
Gartner report highlights “application development managers need new ways to demonstrate and communicate the business value of software quality for innovation projects.” Continue reading