CeBit 2013: Shareconomy – Higher impact on source code?
The main topic at CeBIT 2013 will be ‘Shareconomy’. Shareconomy means the sharing and common usage of knowledge, resources and experiences as a new way of collaboration. Sharing resources becomes more and more important in our fast pacing global economy. But aren’t there any risks to take into account?
About the risks of shared software
Only the ones who share win. Based on this assumption completely different business models have been developed, which on the one hand live on the participation of the community and on the other hand are driven by the circumstance that you do not necessarily need to own a product in order to use it. Cloud computing is a very good example for the shareconomy. As tempting as the idea of organisations sharing resources may sound, there are plenty of risks when it comes to software.
If many use the same software, many are affected by software bugs. While in the past many used the same software products, in the context of cloud computing and shareconomy these products are run on the same servers in the same datacenters. This causes new dependencies. In the past programming errors could have an effect on one or more computers that used the same software in the exact same context. Nowadays, software errors can have an impact to all users being affected at the same time or it can even lead to a total system failure as happened before at Amazon and Facebook:
- CIO magazine on Amazon’s total breakdown (German only)
- Süddeutsche Zeitung on Facebook’s blackout (German only)
Managing software quality with seereneTM
In the shareconomy software quality ist even more important. But developing high quality software that can be maintained and extended efficiently is no rocket science anymore. seereneTM not only analyses the source code with its program structures, but it also analyses how many developers worked on one code and how much was changed. With this analysis seereneTM makes it easy to spot risks in the source code very quickly.
For example, seereneTM has analysed the source code of the open source operating system Android for mobile phones. By this means, future error sources which would have been very annoying for millions of Android users could be spotted. Also, by now seereneTM can be used via the browser as a SaaS service, so every member of a developer community can get a picture of the source code and future challenges can be met with united intelligence.