Here’s a poster for you to celebrate the Fourth of July in the way only a mature development team can appreciate. Feel free to download it, share it, or print it out and hang it around your office. Also feel free to annoy anyone who doesn’t understand the importance of insight and transparency in application development.
We’re a society that is always looking for the “next big thing.” Just check out the TV listings. We tune in to find out who will be the “Next Top Model,” “Next Food Network Star,” “Next Design Star” and “Next Iron Chef.” Technology is also quite interested in “The Next Big Thing” as witnessed by the 19.9 million results you get when you Google “Next Big Thing in Technology.” But while most of the TV “Next” searches focus on the individual, most of the “next big things” discussed in Tech have been on a trend level. Today, though, CAST and Dr. Dobb’s, the most respected development-focused brand for software development … Read More
This blog has long professed the need for businesses to analyze, measure and assess their IT application portfolios to identify those issues with application software that cause a whole spate of headaches, from application failure, to business risk to increased technical debt. To this end, Large enterprises have been able to apply an automated solution to perform this assessment has meant installing a comprehensive platform that analyzes and measures existing applications and can also scrutinize application software during the build or customization processes to catch issues as they happen. However, smaller businesses and individual developers generally do not have access to these large platforms and even some larger enterprises have … Read More
Last week, Capgemini released its second Financial Services World Quality Report. The report cited that while corporations across the globe continue to be constrained by budget issues, the complexity and volume of application software they handle continues to increase exponentially. As a result, Quality Assurance organizations are turning more and more to the cloud and outsourcing as strategies to achieve quality applications, while attaining optimal business value. When it comes to outsourcing in particular, the report states, “With a more comprehensive outsourcing strategy, firms can derive value from transforming business processes, improving time to market, capturing operational efficiencies and further optimizing costs.” As firms continue to increase their outsourcing efforts … Read More
After many years of close collaboration and significant industrialization investments led initially in France, Capgemini Group has completed a worldwide investment in automation from CAST. The agreement will enable Capgemini to extend extended CAST technology, which has been in use at Capgemini’s Application Intelligence Center since 2006, on a global basis. This will ensure the highest software quality standards in application development and maintenance across all its clients worldwide and enable Capgemini to accelerate the introduction of new application risk assessment offers based on advanced structural software analytics from CAST. Being among the first application services providers in the world to implement automated structural quality oversight in all application development and delivery, … Read More
From the Pentagon to the Department of Energy, government organizations have been hard hit this year by IT systems outages, performance issues and security failures, most of which have stemmed from structural quality issues. But as bleak as this may sound, the good news is that these problems seem to have served as a wake-up call. The Department of Homeland Security has already taken steps to begin addressing software structural quality issues by acknowledging they exist and bringing in IT leaders who can help them spot issues and fix them. Similarly, the U.S. Air Force announced in October that it had certified CAST’s Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) to review its … Read More
Last week, CAST issued a report on the summary findings of its second annual CAST Report on Application Software Health (aka CRASH), which delves into the structural quality of business application software. The report has earned significant coverage throughout the technology media, including InformationWeek, InfoWorld and Computerworld, as well as the Wall Street Journal. What resonates with the press seems to be two issues. First is the issue of technical debt. With financial debt being such a hot-button issue around the globe, the idea that companies are spending millions to fix errors in application software that should have been fixed during pre-deployment phases of production highlights that business must fundamentally … Read More