December 03, 2009 09:00 ET

CAST Unveils World's First Software Quality Benchmarking Database

Appmarq Database Becomes Standard for Comparing Application Quality and Measuring Software Development Productivity

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 3, 2009) - CAST (, the worldwide leader in Automated Application Intelligence, today announced the software industry's first application quality benchmarking repository. Designed to help organizations manage their application software quality to reach both operational and business goals, the Appmarq database contains software quality statistics, trend data and best practices collected from a number of industry sectors and geographies.

The quality of an application can impact everything from employee productivity to customer service. Appmarq is the first benchmarking repository that helps organizations improve IT risk management practices. By comparing their software quality against a specific industry, Appmarq provides organizations with valuable insight into how an application's performance, or lack of performance, is impacting bottom-line results. This enables users to ensure the success of existing applications, reduce IT costs and improve productivity.

With data generated directly from the source code using CAST's sophisticated quality-measurement algorithms, Appmarq is not survey-based and requires no human input. This makes Appmarq the industry's only objective and most precise software quality benchmarking database.

"Appmarq is filling a large void in the software applications industry, providing organizations with actionable data on internal software quality and its impact on productivity across the business landscape," said Olivier Bonsignour, vice president of product development at CAST. "With Appmarq data, organizations can set and measure goals, identify improvement opportunities, monitor vendor performance and clearly demonstrate an application's value to the business."

Appmarq Benchmarking Results

Appmarq benchmarking data can help identify industry-wide, company-specific and even departmental software quality trends. For example, initial Appmarq data reveals a number of interesting trends, including:

--  Government Organizations and Application Maintainability -- Appmarq
    application maintainability scores are significantly lower for government
    organizations when compared with private-sector companies. The difference
    may well account for the significantly higher maintenance spend (up to 18
    percent higher, according to Gartner -- "IT Spending and Staffing Report,
    2009," Michael Smith and Kurt Potter) by the public the sector. This
    insight provides government executives with visibility into the root causes
    of maintenance spending, enabling them to set improvement targets, monitor
    the success of new processes and reduce application maintenance costs.
--  IT Spending and Bottom-line Impact -- Appmarq data shows that
    application performance scores are significantly higher, by nearly 20
    percent, than application maintenance scores. This is true across industry
    sectors, technologies and geographies. Nearly 70 percent of an IT
    organization's budget goes into maintenance. However, organizations
    typically are not focused on reducing long-term costs by improving
    applications, but rather focus on more tangible characteristics perceived
    by end users. This data provides organizations with insight into IT risk
    management practices, such as helping identify areas where more or less
    investment is required to improve quality and productivity, while reducing
    costs and risks.

Appmarq data will also be used in collaboration with organizations like Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and Object Management Group (OMG) to publish benchmarking reports featuring key insights and trends on the quality of business IT software.

Additional information about the CAST Appmarq database is available at

About CAST

CAST is the world leader and pioneer in Application Intelligence. CAST provides IT and business executives with precise, quantified insight to immediately and significantly improve the business performance of their critical software assets. More than 650 companies across all industry sectors and geographies rely on CAST to prevent business disruption while reducing hard IT costs. CAST is an integral part of software delivery and maintenance at the world's leading IT service providers including Accenture, IBM, Capgemini and CSC. Founded in 1990, CAST is listed on NYSE-Euronext (Euronext: CAS) and serves Global 2000 organizations worldwide with a global network of offices in the U.S. and Europe. For more information, visit the CAST website at and the CAST blog at

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Keith Giannini or Joe Palladino
    Schwartz Communications
    Email Contact
    +1 (781) 684-0770


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