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Software Risk is Business Risk. Who’s Responsible for Mitigating It?

Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Pete Kaminski has been looking at the business risks posed by software, and how to mitigate them. He gives context to the issue this way:

“Driving business risk down is just smart business. Software-related business risk is an increasing portion of business risk, so knowing how to assiduously reduce software risk has become part and parcel of today’s business reality. Fortunately, there is an array of tools and methods that you can apply across your portfolio of software assets and development projects to manage software risk, which we’ll explore in this Executive Update. Industrializing software risk management is critical for organizations in the digital age. It unleashes the “smarts” in developers so that they can work on the difficult parts of building and delivering applications for the future, while ensuring current, past, and future risk is baked out of applications, putting both human intelligence and software intelligence to their best use.

“Risk can be measured and mitigated at two complementary levels: the component level and the overall system level. There are powerful static code analysis tools available for both levels. Choice of analysis type depends on where the system is within its development and operation lifecycle of the software portfolio.