Measuring Software Performance
BCG partners with CAST, a leading provider of software analysis and measurement tools.Read more
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 proactively manage the quality of that software.
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. Even though it rarely tops a CEO's agenda, 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 manage the quality of its software jeopardizes its reputation—and its ability to win in the market.
To assist our clients in evaluating the quality of their platform and software, 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 leader in software quality assessment. CAST's automated analytics tools help quickly and effectively assess how an organization's source code stacks up against industry standards, recommend improvements, and monitor progress.
Combining BCG's expertise with CAST's software analysis and measurement tools brings our clients objective transparency into application development, maintenance, and sourcing. The result: disciplined and data-driven performance improvement in software quality and productivity. CAST's tools automatically quantify standard measures of software quality:
They also measure:
CAST's tools prove most useful to our clients in several powerful ways: