March 04, 2008 06:55 ET

CAST Announces Application Intelligence Platform 6.1

Product Release Delivers Enhanced User Interface and Expanded SAP Support

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - CAST, the worldwide leader in Automated Application Intelligence, today announced the availability of Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) 6.1. This new version offers greater customization of the CAST dashboard and a more in-depth look into the quality of an organization's application development.

AIP 6.1 offers a new Graphic-User Interface with an underlying role-based approach. Each stakeholder in the application development process now has easier and quicker use of important application intelligence information for their specific needs.

"AIP 6.1 is the only solution which provides support for what are currently some of the most business-critical application development problems today," said Olivier Bonsignour, CAST VP of Product Development. "Our new dashboard is the culmination of nearly one year of research and customer feedback, compiled into a product that can better serve the customer's individual needs."

According to a recent Forrester Research Total Economic Impact report, "IT organizations face increasing demands to provide new applications and functionality immediately to meet competitive pressures and comply with governance and regulatory requirements. Most IT organizations spend the majority of their energy maintaining and building upon existing applications software rather than creating new applications. Delays in identifying code problems during the software development cycle drive higher costs and late delivery due to rework requirements."

Other improvements in version 6.1 is the support of Hibernate 3.2, which includes JPA (Java Persistence API) and an expanded rules knowledge base that helps identify architecture related defects as well as expanded coverage into J2EE architectures. AIP 6.1 also expands the coverage of SAP ABAP including ABAP-specific quality rules. Finally, the new version also integrates the AIP dashboard with CAST's Discovery Portal highlighting critical application quality information alongside existing customer technical information, therefore adding greater visibility into current development practices.

"By identifying, prioritizing and eliminating software defects, we help our customers mitigate their critical business risks," said Vincent Delaroche, CAST Chairman and CEO. "The end-user improvements in AIP 6.1, and other enterprise-level enhancements in the CAST solution, are from paying close attention to our customer's needs and CAST's corporate goal of constant improvement."

About CAST

CAST is the world leader and pioneer in Application Intelligence software, providing the metrics and information IT executives must have to measure, monitor and improve the quality of business applications and the performance of development teams around the globe. Founded in 1990, CAST has helped more than 600 organizations worldwide speed delivery to the business, mitigate risks in production, improve the customer experience, and reduce the total cost of application ownership. CAST is listed on NYSE-Euronext (Euronext: CAS) and serves Global 2000 organizations worldwide with a network of offices in the US and Europe. For more information visit

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