All too often, software projects both exceed their budgetary limitations and are labeled too slow by stakeholders. What is the root of this problem? To isolate the cause of—and fix—this phenomenon, project managers need a new approach.
IT leaders from throughout the federal government discussed the value of how software measurement can positively impact their development process at CAST’s recent Cyber Risk Measurement Workshop in Arlington, VA – just outside of the Washington, D.C. area. The event brought together more than 40 IT leaders from several governmental agencies, including the Department of Defense and Department of State, system integrators and other related organizations. The group shared their experiences in how their respective organizations are driving value to end users and taxpayers.
Measuring and managing software quality is not just about compliance with government mandates, but rather around the proposition that strong software quality, security and sustainability are paramount. However, compliance remains essential. Three primary points around software compliance voiced by attendees were:
Government mandates point to the fact that software must have a measurement component
Industry standards, such as the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) and The Object Management Group (OMG) are available and should be leveraged
Technology solutions exist to help public sector firms address these mandates
All businesses recognize the importance of developing software within a budget. But how do you put together that IT budget in the first place? CAST has worked with a successful CIO to create a guideline of best practices (>Click Here To Download It<). Saad Ayub, formerly CIO at Scholastic and The Hartford, suggests nine ways analytics supports better IT budgets.
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.
Executive Visibility – Topping the list of IT Trends 2016 is helping CIOs take advantage of Big Data for themselves, while cutting through the clutter. Accelerating the time from data to decision requires analytics that highlight areas of risk and opportunity in support of business decisions, not technical ones. Proactive, predictive insight arms CIOs with the ability to ask the right questions, to challenge the status quo and surface technical risks that jeopardize revenue, reputation or brand. Real-time solutions that improve the signal-to-noise ratio top the CIO’s wish list for 2016.
As it turns out, plenty.
Recently, the U.S. government has implemented healthcare reimbursements based on the outcome of medical treatments, rather than a traditional fee-for-service approach. These performance-based programs are designed to improve healthcare quality while lowering treatment cost. It’s this outcomes-based approach that Fortune 500 companies are considering as a way of reducing ADM costs while improving software quality.
You’d be hard pressed to find any organization that isn’t using measurement — either for marketing, sales, social media, and countless other ways. In fact, a recent report from IDC predicts that by 2017, 80% of the CIO’s time will be focused on analytics, cybersecurity, and creating new revenue streams through digital services.
So why is it that, with such a clear understanding of the value of measurement and analytics, the notion of measuring application development is still absent from the board room?