See Through the Technology Framework Cobweb to Rationalize IT Projects

The value of using established technology frameworks is proven. By adopting a software component for which many are skilled and experienced, it is easier for developers and IT managers to maintain a lingua franca.

Enterprise Architecture as the Gateway to Digital Transformation – Takeaways from the Gartner EA Summit 2016

Last week, CAST attended the Gartner EA Summit, held at National Harbor. It was two days of jam-packed sessions and workshops about Enterprise Architecture, but what stuck out the most was the value of this very unique discipline as a catalyst for Digital Transformation.
EA and Digital Transformation were the core focus of many presentations, including Mike J. Walker’s session “Leverage EA to Understand the Value and Impacts of Digital Disruption.” Mike stressed that this ever-evolving discipline is becoming a vital component to corporate strategy, delivering high-performing and sustainable business outcomes.

What Went Wrong at Google – Software Robustness Remains a Struggle

In April, Google experienced a fairly significant cloud outage, but it was hardly news at all. In fact, it was likely the most widespread outage to hit a major public cloud to-date. The lack of coverage is strange, considering the industry’s watchful eyes like Brian Krebs and others. The even more recent Salesforce service outage seems to have received more attention. But despite the fact that Google seems to have gotten away with a “pass” this time, the glitch brings renewed attention to the fact that tech players large and small are continuing to deal with software robustness issues.
Google Compute Engine was down for a full 18 minutes around the 7 o’clock hour Pacific Time on April 11, disconnecting all users in all regions. This was a Google cloud outage, and the root cause was a network failure. Network outages appear to be an ongoing challenge for Google, this one being the biggest yet.

The Age of Digital Transformation: Where to Start?

The term “Digital Transformation” has become more than just a buzzword as companies continuously work toward the goal of realigning and investing in the digitization of all business aspects to meet and predict customer demands. In the midst of these big changes, there has been much confusion about what it means to actually achieve digital transformation and how to monitor your progression through each stage of the transition.

Key Discussion Points from Forrester Webinar: Agile Portfolio Management Requires Rapid Transparency

Application portfolio analysis was at the center of discussion as Forrester Research Vice President and Principal Analyst, Margo Visitacion, presented how Agile development is affecting the application development process and IT’s portfolio planning. Ms. Visitacion explained that in the “Age of the customer,” they want more for less and expect companies to fluidly change based on their needs and demands. As companies shift their attention to customers’ experiences rather than production figures, it’s leading directly to higher revenue and a longer-lasting relationships.
So how do organizations remain agile to customer needs? They employ an Agile portfolio management process that collects metrics while aligning with the budgeting process; understanding that requirements will change. Using this strategy, companies gain clear visibility into their portfolio to measure risk, cost and complexity based upon objective measurements. The data collected during development enables them to defend current positioning and communicate more effectively with the business.
Here are some recent thought provoking questions, along with supporting answers, which we received during the Forrester webinar:

IT Transformation Benefits for American Cancer Society Can’t Be Understated

For Jay Ferro, CIO of the American Cancer Society, his employer’s mission hits far closer to home than those of most others in his position. The father of three boys, Ferro lost his 36-year-old wife, Priscilla, to cervical cancer in January 2007. In her memory, he founded Priscilla’s Promise, a non-profit organization that brings greater awareness to cervical cancer.
Inspired by his personal experience with the disease, Ferro joined ACS as CIO in 2012 with the mission of applying his abilities as a savvy technology leader who understands how to apply IT solutions to achieve business goals. He was driven to ensure that in addition to supporting the organization’s infrastructure, IT also furthered its causes.

6 Hidden Costs of Building Your Own Open Source Code Analyzer Platform

Thinking about building your own multi-language custom source code analyzer platform using open source components?  Sure, the upsides seem to add up: no licensing fees, great customization ability, and an impressive new entry on your resume (making it even shinier).  Read that project charter once more before you sign it in ink, because our experience has shown it’s not quite that simple.
Source Code Analyzer:  What is under the code?
First, what we mean by “multi-language custom source code analyzer platform” is a platform that analyzes all the source code underlying your critical custom software applications and projects, and:

Delivers consistent and business relevant measurements, trends, and benchmarking
Enables staff to identify and address flaws causing instability and excess complexity
Provides insights on the trajectory of code quality and complexity
Analyzes flaws at both the code and component interaction levels across all technology layers

Anything less would leave your applications difficult to manage, your users unsatisfied, and your management team in the dark.