IT Intelligence

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Data driven insights that deliver understanding, improvement and optimization of your technology capabilities and improved business enablement.

Improve your organization’s technology insights

Build the business case for IT Intelligence!

In the IT Intelligence Assessment, we are doing a deep-dive into your organization, your ways of working, and the measurement and monitoring systems you have already in place.

This assessment helps us to understand in which areas improvements are necessary and possible. This allows us to build a business case for implementing IT Intelligence into your organization, e.g., Team Performance Optimization, Intelligent Requirements Management, Software Estimation and Monitoring, Software Quality and Risk Assessments and or Value, Benefits and Cost Management. An Application landscape Assessment is part of the IT Intelligence Assessment.

Application Landscape insights

Overview of the application landscape, including per application insights into size, technology, quality, cloud readiness, open-source safety, technical debt and more.

Understanding the way of working and improvement areas

Understanding the team structure, workflow, e.g., requirements handling, (agile) practices, backlog prioritization, bug counts and rework rates.

Building the Business Case

The assessment results in a proposal to improve the organization using IT intelligence services, including an estimation of the benefits (business case).

Understanding High and Low performing teams is the 1st step to improve!

We help the teams to improve product quality in a very targeted and hands-on way (reducing risk) and to improve team performance while showing senior management the trends in performance and benchmarks.

Many organizations have moved to an agile way-of-working and are struggling to understand if their value creation function is still up to par. Often, agile development results in lots of rework and other tasks that don’t contribute to developing functionality. Team Performance Optimization shows the (trends in) team performance (productivity, cost efficiency, process quality, delivery speed) and product quality, compared to industry averages.

Team performance and benchmark.

Trends in productivity, cost efficiency, delivery speed, process quality and product quality measured using international standards and best practices.

Teams improve and produce better quality.

Fix critical defects in the code in a targeted way, understand the entire application and become more productive, faster, cheaper and happier!

Understand your Open-Source safety.

The known vulnerabilities that reside in the used versions of Open-Source components and the risks in the licenses thereof.

Improve or modernize your legacy to a modern application!

Many customer organizations possess old, large, critical applications that are mission-critical yet feared for maintenance due to low maintainability and loss of original developers. They require maintenance to manage security and production risks. Modernization, like transitioning to microservices, is a potential necessity.

The Software Quality and Risk Assessment service evaluates code quality against notable standards like ISO 25010, ISO 5055, OWASP, and others, encompassing over 2000 rules, with some deemed critical, especially those concerning security. It scans for rule violations in application code, impacting reported health factors: Robustness, Security, Efficiency, Changeability, Transferability, and Maintainability. Additionally, it measures and reports on technical debt, technical size, and functional size (automated function points). IDC Metri offers a comprehensive application blueprint, visually displaying dependencies and interactions across components, classes, frameworks, and modules on multiple levels.

Management insights to understand the risks.

A Health (management) dashboard with the (trends in) the health factors and scores.

Unprecedented insights into the architecture.

A complete blueprint of the application, allowing to make very fact impact analysis and modernization choices based on facts.

Improve quality, reduce risk, modernize the app.

Dashboard shows critical code violations, their impact, and solutions. IDC Metri consultants devise a cost-effective improvement plan, including software and open-source analysis.

Better user stories result, less rework and defects!

Better quality requirements can save up to 70% of the rework during sprints and results in significant lower incident volumes in production.

Few organizations fully realize the impact of poor requirement management. In practice, many defects can be traced back to poor requirements management, as well as a lot of rework during the development process. The Intelligent Requirements Management services allows you to automatically check the quality of written user stories and to measure the functional size of these. Knowing the functional size is an important factor for estimation and prioritizing as well as managing the progress of a certain improvement initiative. To improve the quality of the user stories before they go into the development team ensures a minimum of rework during tests and results in lower incident volumes, which in turn improves the team performance.

Improved requirements quality

Conciseness, completeness, consistency, redundancy, clarity, etc.

Requirements complexity visualization

CRUD analysis, auto-generated Usecase models, class models, etc.

Generated test scenario’s

Flow charts, scope management, functional size (ISO).

Complete technical insights of your entire application portfolio in weeks!

The ALA service measures a number of application characteristics of the applications in a portfolio in a short period of time, e.g., quality (elegance, resiliency, agility), business impact, cloud readiness (cloud blockers and roadblocks), open-source safety, size, etc.

The result is a detailed overview on both portfolio level as application level which is the basis for fact-based decision-making regarding cloud migration, modernization, mergers & acquisitions (technical due diligence), open-source safety improvements, etc.

Automated Modernization advice (5R model)

The technology automates advice on open-source component versions, highlighting known vulnerabilities and upgrade solutions, alongside a modernization roadmap based on the 5R model (rehost, revise, rebuild, refactor, replace).

Automated Open-Source safety advice

Identify the known vulnerabilities and license risk of your current open-source components, including advice to upgrade to newer versions.

Software Health assessment

Understand your portfolio's application resiliency, agility, and elegance on technology, application, and portfolio levels, for example, for technical due diligence.

Accurately estimate the cost and duration of your project

Get insight in a realistic effort, schedule, and cost, based on ISO standards for functional size, proven parametric models and peer data selected from over 15,000 realized software initiatives.

The result is a size measurement based on industry standards that leads to a cost estimate that is fully based on peer projects that have been carried out under comparable circumstances in a similar type of business area with a team with comparable knowledge and experience.

IDC Metri analysts are certified to translate your requirements into an ISO-standard sizing, which may be audited by external parties when required. We also have ICEAA Software Cost Estimation certified analysts to build a cost estimation model for your software initiative that is defensible towards the project sponsor and other stakeholders.

After the estimate, the actuals are monitored, which may result in changes to the estimate and early warning signs to support decision making.

Functional size measurement

Certified analysts measure the functional size of the user requirements using an ISO standard, which results in a clear view of the functional size to be realized.

Accurate Software Estimation

Using estimation characteristics, constraints, data, models and more to make sure the estimate is realistic, so that the chance of overruns is minimal.


Especially in agile, new data is available after every sprint. How much functionality was produced, how much rework was there and how many hours were spent? Are we still on schedule?

Based on customer request, this service evaluates your organization's value creation, benefits management, and/or IT cost functions.

Value management assesses the Project Portfolio process, offering improvement advice. Optionally benchmarks development teams, analyzing their work methods, adopted best practices, and effort allocation between new functionality and non-value tasks. Objective metrics are gauged and market compared.

Benefits management reviews assumptions in change initiative business cases, verifying post-project benefits with IDC Metri's help, aiding future business case improvements.

Cost Management addresses significant IT expenses, aiding cost reduction, especially on external vendors. IDC Metri identifies the total cost profile, possibly implementing Technology Business Management (TBM) for better technology investment translation to business value, or employing FinOps techniques like Cloud Economics study. The entry-level service pinpoints IT cost allocation, invaluable for many organizations lacking this insight.

Which teams are performing

Benchmark internal teams to identify where and how they are performing and share best practices

Teams’ performance against market peers

Determine if your development efforts are market competitive

Improve team practices

Prescriptive advice to improve cost, quality, productivity in development teams

Easily identify what is ready for cloud migration

Automated assessment of application portfolio to triage readiness for cloud migration: ready, refactor, retire, rebuild, or remain onsite decisions. Act to prioritize applications for crowd migration. Cloud transitions are marked by invoices exceeding expectations and unexpected costs.

Quickly understand application portfolio suitability for cloud migration. Traditional analyses can take months, which delays the migration and increases costs. Cloud Readiness delivers a detailed verdict within a couple of weeks. It enables companies to decide and move more rapidly and triage their investments and priorities.

Focused cloud migration

Understand ease of cloud migration across the portfolio to prioritize

Target effort to value

Objective assessment of migration ease to drive migration selection

Focus on priorities

Align IT to business speed through rapid analysis of the entire portfolio

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