Knowledge rather than gut feeling in software development

Mar 5, 2015 | Press Coverage

The IT magazine IT Daily dedicated a detailed article to the question: Is faulty software a natural consequence or the result of poor management? And how can seereneTM help to make software risks in the program code visible and to improve software quality? Because belly decisions should have no place in software development, after all, they can quickly become expensive.

Hard facts rather than gut feeling in software development

A study by PwC reveals the problem: In software development, there is often a lack of reliable data and hard facts. About 30 percent of the surveyed 1,135 executives admitted that they prefer to rely on gut feeling, especially since they often completely lack the necessary of data, receive this data too late for consideration or do simply not understand it. Just one-third of these executives held the decision-making processes of their company for highly data-driven – the majority is rather forced to blindfolded software development.

This approach is obviously subject to large (cost) risks. If you believe the judgement of German IT executives, almost half of all IT development projects exceed time and budget and can thus increase the cost structure quickly.

Developers rather need a good overview of the source code and reliable information about the quality of their work so that they are able to develop high-quality software instead of tempting shortcuts (so-called “hacks” that are more expensive in the long term and can quickly lead to problems for the customer).

Obtain a holistic view in real-time with seereneTM

In an extensive article IT Daily explains how these objectives can be realized on the basis of the seereneTM platform. By analyzing the source code in real time during the software development process and displaying the result of this analysis as an image comparable to a radiograph, seereneTM provides important support to IT decision makers in software development.

In detail, the presentation is made as a three-dimensional map, where the color of the different buildings allows to very quickly identify the situation of the relevant software development project: Blue means that everything is fine, orange makes regular checks advisable and red indicates that urgent action is needed. So basically, it is a representation of the software development process that is intuitive, even for IT laymans, although in the background a variety of metrics and key performance indicators is taken into account.

SeereneTM retrieves this information from different tools of software development, such as the versioning system in which each code change is documented, or test case management systems, mission planning systems or conventional code checkers. Also, the actual source code is reviewed by seereneTM and processed with business intelligence methods to create the clearly to understand Software Maps.

However, seereneTM is not a rigid solution with always the same principles, but offers significant support in decision making as well as new possibilities of software quality management to all participants of the software development process – from the developer to the CIO.

» Read the complete IT Daily article (German only)

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