Typical mission-critical applications—that is, the software that brings to life a company's products and services—easily exceed more than 1 million lines of code. The sheer breadth and complexity of the software required to run a business demands that companies possess a deep knowledge of that software so they proactively and intelligently manage its quality, performance, and security.
Businesses rely on complex custom software to automate their core processes and to create a compelling offering for clients and customers—often weaving together solutions from multiple vendors. In a digital-first world, software is becoming a top priority for CEOs. Software plays such an integral role in operations—and underpins so many products and services—that missteps in software can have highly visible and dramatic effects. A company that fails to understand and manage the quality of its software jeopardizes its reputation—and its ability to win in the market.
To assist our clients in evaluating and making intelligent decisions about the software that runs their business, BCG uses a proven, three-pronged methodology:
To complement our proven approaches in managing software environments and software delivery transformation, BCG has partnered with CAST, a pioneer in software intelligence. CAST's software intelligence platform automates the software analysis process to capture a digital image of the internal composition of software.
Combining BCG's expertise with CAST's software intelligence brings our clients objective transparency into application development, maintenance, and sourcing. The result: disciplined and data-driven performance improvement in software quality and productivity that helps digital leaders communicate, make decisions, protect their business, continuously improve safety and soundness, and better understand the complexity of critical systems. CAST's tools automatically quantify standard measures of software quality:
They also measure:
Software intelligence proves most useful to our clients in several powerful ways:
BCG partners with CAST, a leading provider of software intelligence technology.