Scope, Quality and Complexity in Cost Assessment
Now that we’ve made the case for Application Mass Index (AMI) as a tool to standardize applications and make comparisons in Part One, it’s important to outline the key steps for success when utilizing this metric.
Software glitches aren’t really news but now we’re seeing software flaws that can cost an organization over $100 million due to poor code quality. This past year we’ve seen major technical and retail brands suffer extensive financial and reputational damage from software disasters – driving software issues out of the back office and into the boardroom.
Dr. Bill Curtis, senior vice president and chief scientist at CAST, and Executive Director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) recently spoke to SD Times about the current state of software quality, and the internationally accepted standards that are revolutionizing how the world builds quality software.
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.
For the past 30 years, leaders in application development have struggled to find a cost-effective way to bring the benefits of function point analysis to their larger scale ADM outsourcing contracts. Why is this an issue? As the chemist John Grebe once said, “if you cannot measure it, you cannot control it.”
That’s why today, CAST is proud to announce our support for the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Automated Function Point (AFP) Standard. The standard enables wide scale adoption of function points for sizing applications to be embedded in all ADM outsourcing contracts, and signifies a game changing event that will propel function point counting from a cottage industry to a standard analytical practice.
Coupled with structural quality and risk measurement in CAST AIP, IT leaders can now see how many function points were added, enhanced, and deleted for a holistic measure of output from software development activity.
You can read more about the new OMG Automated Function Point specification in the press release we put out this morning.