Takeaways from the CAST Italy Summer User Group

CAST Italy users' group conference

CAST Italy users’ group conference

On June 22nd, CAST held its annual User Group in Italy, hosting software measurement professionals from major companies in the Banking, Insurance, Telco, Public Sector and IT Consulting industries for a four-hour working session. Attendees walked away from the event with a better understanding of best practices in establishing objective software measurement standards and creating better visibility in to application portfolios.

Among CAST Application Intelligence Platform presentations and updates regarding the new CISQ RFC for Automated Enhanced Points and its relationship with the AFP OMG standard, attendees also discussed software measurement in Agile and DevOps environments.

For organizations looking to digitize their business and streamline operations, communication struggles remain between operations and development teams. Ops teams don’t always grasp the technical complexity associated with software architecture, and Dev teams don’t always code to operational requirements, or they can create bad code that causes problems down the line.

At the User Group, CAST shared how establishing a software measurement benchmark can break down communication barriers between operations and development teams. For example, it can give feedback to teams throughout development cycles that helps avoid painful rework in a rush to help keep projects on the right track. It can also show DevOps teams if they have the correct code for mission-critical systems and help them reduce software risk.

Domenico Bilardi from CAST customer, UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions, presented a cast study regarding how the company works with CAST to:

  • Establish a centralized IT Governance strategy that includes software measurement
  • Monitor productivity
  • Foster a culture of quality within the development organization
  • Support “right budgeting” analysis
  • Monitor application risks
  • Act in accordance with regulatory, legal and global group policy divisions

Following the presentations, Massimo Rapetti, Quality Manager at ICBPI moderated a constructive conversation with attendees about how they are using CAST for issues like Application Portfolio Risk Prevention, Software Vendor Management, Productivity and Software Sizing, Application Security, Technical Debt Control and Application Benchmarking.

CAST customers including Allianz Italia, Bip, Generali Business Solutions, ICBPI, Intesa Sanpaolo, KPMG, Sia, Sisal, Telecom Italia and Unicredit participated in the thought provoking discussion, sharing use cases and best practices.

Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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