IT Trends 2016: Insights from the CAST CIO and IT Leaders’ Roundtable Discussion

Last week, CAST, a global leader in software analytics, invited more than 100 IT professionals to participate in a software risk and analytics roundtable in New York, NY. The daylong exchange included CIOs, industry analysts, systems integrators and IT advisory firms. As an outcome of this gathering, CAST published an IT Trends 2016 Report. The following post attempts to capture some of the exchange between participants and key takeaways.

Function Points, Software Analytics and Much More! Join Us in DC on June 2nd

Join software measurement practitioners from government and industry at an event on June 2nd just outside of Washington DC. Discussion topics to include: the use of software analytics in all areas of enterprise program and development management, software measurement, automated function points, and software productivity management.

How Software Can Improve with Automated Software Analysis and Measurement: IV Edition CIO Conference

On May 13th, a group of IT executives highlighted the importance of these software analysis and measurement in order to maintain software quality standards and to uphold a healthy and efficient relationship with business stakeholders and application service providers.

Summary of the 2015 International Function Point User Group Conference (IFPUG) & International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference (ISMA10)

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:

Digital Transformation Obstacles and Lessons Learned from Gartner Research

On Tuesday, April 28th, at 11am EDT we will host a live webinar with Gartner on one of today’s hottest topics- Digital Transformation.
Digital Transformation has been disrupting industries for some time and, while some companies have successfully managed digital transformations other have not. This event will explore the barriers to digital transformation many organizations are facing due to poor application management practices. Topics covered will include: excessive complexity, the challenges IT leaders face in improving application health and what you can do to reverse the situation. Also to be discussed during the webinar are the warning signs of potential failure for a digital transformation and how leaders and their companies should prepare for digital transformations in their organization to increase the chances of success.

SAP Stability and Performance Webinar Questions Answered

Last Wednesday we hosted a webinar featuring Steve Naylor of Solvay.
During the webinar, Mr. Naylor illustrated how gaining visibility into critical SAP systems has helped maintain uninterrupted services and reduced development costs.
Mr. Naylor also shared how software analysis and measurement:

Provides insight into legacy ABAP systems
Identifies security issues not detected by native SAP code analysis tools
Reveals hidden software complexity that can cause performance and stability issues

Improving Code Quality in DevOps

We welcome guest blogger Bill Dickenson, an independent consultant and former VP of Application Management Services for IBM, who brings decades of experience in application development and DevOps. Dickenson’s post below discusses how using CAST’s automated software analysis and measurement solutions helps achieve the benefits of DevOps, while eliminating the risks.
The recent move to cloud based development/operations (DevOps) is changing the testing and development lifecycle by accelerating the speed that code can migrate from development, through testing, and into production. Cloud based testing environments can be instantiated and refreshed at an unprecedented speed.