New CAST Service Identifies Poorly Performing Applications

Lightweight, on-demand SaaS offering identifies budget-draining applications and technical debt; assesses potential production defects across large scale portfolios.

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CAST today announced and made available Rapid Portfolio Analysis (RPA), a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that proactively identifies poorly performing applications. RPA enables organizations to maximize the business value of their IT portfolios, reduce business risk associated with the failure of mission-critical application software, and ultimately reduce costs.

RPA provides an affordable, on-demand alternative to expensive enterprise application portfolio management or project portfolio management solutions. RPA automatically provides feedback on software health, arming executives with the information to determine which applications need further investigation or closer ongoing monitoring for structural issues. With this information, organizations have the ability to lower overall IT expenditures by:

  • Exposing structural quality risk within portfolios
  • Providing metrics and trending to measure changes in quality
  • Analyzing portfolios by sourcing strategy
  • Reducing production risk and maintenance cost through increased visibility
  • Assessing applications by business value and adaptability risk
  • Identifying root causes of software risk and complexity

RPA is powered by CAST Highlight, a cloud-based SaaS solution that rapidly provides a snapshot of any or all of a company’s applications. CAST Highlight is a lightweight platform that reads software within seconds without the need to upload code and assesses an IT portfolio against a set of software quality standards based on industry norms. These standards coupled with a predictive analytics engines allow Highlight to determine product risk, adaptability risk, complexity, size, technical debt, and software maintenance effort of applications.

As a cloud-based solution, RPA requires no deployment or training, no dedicated hardware, and no need to transfer source code outside of an organization. RPA drives innovation and efficiency through added visibility and portfolio analytics, improved time-to-value, reduced costs, and better portfolio prioritization and decision-making. As a SaaS offering, RPA is available as a one-time service or as part of an ongoing portfolio monitoring process, with the service fee based on the number of applications within the portfolio.

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