CAST Highlight Improves Technical Debt Estimates

CAST has launched a new version of CAST Highlight that rapidly and affordably analyzes even the most complex portfolios of enterprise applications to identify areas where CIOs can focus their efforts and achieve the most “bang for their buck.”

CAST’s cloud-based Highlight is a new weapon in the CIO’s armory, using advanced benchmarking to assess software risk, complexity and size across large IT portfolios. Using Highlight, CIOs can more accurately and rapidly prioritize projects and programs, based on tangible data. Previously, strategic IT initiatives were notoriously difficult to rank; a lack of visibility on costs and technical risks, together with competing demands on budget from within IT and other departments, hampered decision-making.

Already deployed by 100 enterprise customers worldwide, CAST Highlight is also ISO 27001-certified, complying with the industry-wide standard on information security management systems.

Key new enhancements

Benchmarking against peers – Application key risk indicators can be benchmarked against a repository of 650+ anonymized custom enterprise applications, pulled globally from across all Highlight instances.

Faster, more in-depth analysis – CAST Highlight’s new agent scans deeper, wider and with more configuration flexibility, making risk profiling and cost saving easier than ever thanks to a “bubble diagram” user interface.

Better technical debt estimates – Highlight now delivers more pragmatic, quantifiable technical debt estimates than ever before. As a result, these estimates are more reliable, delivering actionable analytics to make fact-based decisions on which applications are most effective from a cost/benefit perspective.

More accurate cost and effort calculations – Using the industry-standard COCOMO model, Highlight provides maintenance effort estimates in terms of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees.

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