After watching application after application fail on launch day or during a routine upgrade, it seems the IT industry is finally waking up and focusing its attention on software quality and software risk. Because of this and other factors, we have seen positive growth numbers in software revenue in the third quarter of this year. And we expect this number to continue trending upward from here on.
You can read more about our growth in a press release we issued this morning, but I wanted to highlight a few key details here on the blog.
Nobody disputes the promises made by enterprise application portfolio analysis tools made over the past 20 years – visibility, risk identification, faster, better budgeting decisions.
What has been disputed is the belief that organizations can actual get there – to have objective, critical information in a single location without breaking the bank or stopping everything else they are doing.
Like most ‘enterprise’ software efforts, organizations choke and eventually lose their appetite trying to eat the elephant in one bite.
But what if you paused and dissected APA for a moment? How might you break it down into smaller chunks? What capabilities are more important than others? How could you disrupt the typical deployment approach?
We’re less than a month into the launch of HealthCare.gov, and as each day passes we’re finding out about more glitches, shoddy code quality, a lack of end-to-end testing, and rushed changes made days before the healthcare exchange was to go live. All of which are symptomatic of a software project being rushed to completion to meet a deadline without considering the implications of a botched launch.
The Obama Administration has already announced that HealthCare.gov was not properly tested before launch, but with top contractors of the site being questioned by Congress, we’re learning the problem lies much deeper than that. In fact, on the surface, it looks like each contractor handled a very small part of the overall website and left it to someone else to tie them all together at the last minute.
Large and small enterprises have continually struggled with finding a way to manage the software risk inherent in their ever-increasing application portfolio. And now, in a year where companies such as NASDAQ, Knight Capital, American Airlines, and BATS have suffered costly and embarrassing IT failures, software risk is top of mind for every IT executive.
That’s why today we’re announcing an update to our flagship portfolio analysis solution, CAST Highlight, which expands the types of systems it can analyze to unlock the power of portfolio analysis for companies large and small. Its low-cost SaaS model makes it 20 times cheaper than traditional enterprise software, without the need for costly hardware or licenses, and less disruptive for users, ready to deploy in minutes, from any location without the need to transfer source code.
More and more evidence is coming to light that the glitch-filled launch of the Obama Administration’s new healthcare marketplace, HealthCare.gov, was more than simply launch-day traffic overload. Technology experts who’ve gotten access to the site have reported that it appears to be built on a sloppy software foundation full of dead code and improper web-efficiency techniques — hallmarks of a software project rushed to meet a launch deadline.
With a worrying uptick in the number of IT glitches, halts, and crashes that have been plaguing Wall Street and other critical industries over the past year, business leaders are beginning to realize the importance of tracking the software quality and risk metrics of their core business applications to keep them robust and reliable.
That’s why we’re announcing an update to our flagship platform — CAST Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) 7.1 — that makes it even easier for business leaders to analyze and measure the software structure of enterprise-sized applications, and benchmark their applications against competitors in their industry.
Good things come in three! I wouldn’t say we have saved the best for last, but the information we’re covering in this post is an exciting one! If you haven’t been following our series, I encourage you to read about what we have already announced is coming in AIP 7.1 — the new delivery management tool and the Appmarq industry benchmarking repository. In this post, we wanted to give you an advance preview of a feature that will be made available towards the end of the year, with the next release of AIP. We’re talking about the design of our dashboard.