Enterprise DevOps

Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence: Appraise

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If you’ve never been to New York City, I highly recommend you go. The sights, the sounds, the food — it’s really something to behold. And while you’re experiencing those sights and sounds, you will inevitably get lost. Depending on who you ask for directions, you may get the right information or you may not. Ultimately, you’ll pull out your super-smart phone, plug in the address of your destination, and your navigation app will guide you to wherever it is you want to go with up-to-date information from verified sources, probably even taking traffic into account.

Just like a tourist uses a map to find their destination, your IT shop and your teams have development roadmaps to get your applications from point A to B. Whether A and B are broken and fixed, current state and updated, development and production, or just what it was and what it could be, there is a critical need for in-depth technical understanding and design documentation. The current practice across most IT teams relies heavily on key team members, which can make you vulnerable to roadblocks when those team members take vacations, retire or are just plain unreachable. Does this sound familiar? “Where’s Diane? We need this looked at NOW.” “I have no idea!”

Enter IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (ADDI).

When we talk about how we look at our codebase for quality and business value, are we looking at the whole software portfolio or just point code? Are we able to track and monitor our improvements over time?

With ADDI you can appraise your software quality continuously, using automated analytics and reporting tools that adjust and adapt your metrics to business needs. ADDI’s tooling combines and correlates key application software metrics around quality and complexity with operational and code coverage metrics like frequency of use, resource utilization and performance. These metrics are gathered from a central, automatically updated repository, rather than from multiple sources. This reduces the likelihood of acting on out-of-date or incomplete information about the codebase and its performance over time.

You can appraise your software portfolio and determine:

  • How to prioritize resource investment in new projects and programs
  • Where the money is going — for example, freeing up IT budget from maintenance to business enhancement
  • The status of the project timeline, cost and resource utilization
  • How to have a better dialogue between business and IT on value delivered

If you’ve been working in IT for awhile, you know that application software quality management is an ongoing process. But with the right tools, accurate and up-to-date metrics and reports, and a solid process like unlock, empower and appraise, you can drive your application portfolio forward into the modern world with precision and demonstrate clear business value to your organization.

Join our webcast to learn how you can use ADDI to take advantage of your current business logic, data and transactions, to fully participate in the API economy.

For more information, please visit us at IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence.

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