CAST User Group on Function Point Analysis: Key Findings

On April 6th, CAST held a user group meeting on the topic of function point analysis and software productivity measurement. The meeting gathered more than 20 software measurement professionals from major companies in the banking, IT consulting, telecom, aviation and public sectors for a two-hour working session to discuss the benefits of function point analysis testing.
The event featured presentations including:

An IBM case study on how they worked with CAST to integrate and secure an Automated Function Point (AFP) approach with a big player in the aeronautic sector within TMA Systems
Functional sizing case study
Updates on the new CISQ standards for Automated Function Points
The importance of internal and external benchmarking

CRASH Report: Customized SAP Apps Increase Application Risk, Decrease Business Performance

Companies worldwide use SAP, but SAP by itself does not resolve all of an organizations issues. As a result, a number of organizations need to customize SAP applications to suit their purposes, but this has met with mixed results.
CAST today released the results of the 2014-2015 CRASH Report for SAP, which revealed more than half of those organizations opting to customize SAP applications have encountered increased application risk, additional software risk management costs and disruption of critical business processes.

IT RISK MANAGEMENT: A Conversation with BCG’s Benjamin Rehberg

Benjamin Rehberg, Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group and former consultant for IBM Global Business Services, discusses the importance of both IT risk management and application portfolio management (APM) in a video conversation with CAST. He looks at the challenges for IT leaders, the need for software measurement and discusses how IT transformation can improve business operations.
During the brief discussion, Rehberg provides answers to the following questions:

How big a challenge do you see transformation for IT leaders today?
How does software measurement affect transformation?
What are some examples of transformation projects that you’ve seen?
How would BCG characterize where we are with measurement and analytics in IT?
Why should software leaders care about software measurement?
How can metrics improve IT’s dialog with businesses?

BCG’s Benjamin Rehberg on IT Risk Management
The video is also available on CAST’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRsrJ5V1cPs.

Top 5 Reasons to Use Code Analysis Tools with Automation to Establish Vendor Management Metrics

As IT organizations face increasing demands from business, their IT systems have become increasingly complex. Today’s applications are typically a heterogeneous web of systems and software from an array of vendors and custom development.
Managing those vendors and dealing with those complexities has not escaped business and IT leaders. Nearly 50% of global business continuity decision-makers and influencers have called “increased reliance on technology” the number one risk to their organizations. Another 37% said the “business complexity of the organization” is their top risk. Much of this risk can be attributed to vendor management.
So, how can IT leaders address the dual challenges of managing the complexity of their IT environment, while also optimizing IT budgets and reducing IT borne risks to the business?

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.

IT Transformation Webinar Questions Answered

During last week’s webinar on IT Transformation featuring Marc Cecere, vice president and principal analyst for Forrester Research, many questions presented by participants went unanswered due to time constraints. Because these questions are likely being asked by many in the IT arena, we asked Marc’s webinar co-host, Pete Pizzutillo of CAST to provide answers to the three most frequently asked questions.

IT Transformation Major Component of Biz Transformation

In today’s software-driven business world, IT transformation has become an enormous component of business transformation and software risk management. This is one of the key messages delivered by Marc Cecere, Vice President and Principal Analyst for Forrester Research, during a webinar held recently on Business Transformation, which was sponsored by CAST, Inc.
Cecere explained that business transformation involves fundamental changes to major business processes, structure, models and culture, noting that most transformations require changes to structure and the roles of personnel, as well as collaboration between divisions or departments in the business. However, the biggest changes in these transformations come in the form of major system integration and technology changes.