Mendix Launches App Quality Monitoring Service
The new cloud-based Mendix Application Quality Monitor enables enterprises to monitor software quality proactively and on a daily basis.Mendix, an application platform-as-a-service (APaaS) provider, and Software Improvement Group (SIG), an independent advisory firm for software quality and improvement, have announced a partnership and the launch of Mendix Application Quality Monitor, a cloud-based service designed to help customers monitor the maintainability of Mendix applications. The Mendix platform enables enterprises to implement bimodal IT, a Gartner research term for an IT approach that enables organizations to combine the capabilities of conventional IT with Mode 2 capabilities that enable the speed and agility required for digital innovation. One of the most common mistakes CIOs make when implementing Mode 2, however, is failing to maintain a disciplined focus on refactoring, resulting in ballooning technical debt, Gartner said. "Anyone can go faster; the challenge is doing so sustainably," said a Gartner report. "Technical debt refers to the loose ends that need resolving and the refactoring that is required as a result of the development process. The debt may take many forms, from design debt, to documentation debt, to unused and duplicated code. Addressing technical debt ensures that the software is well-architected, well-written and maintainable." The new Mendix Application Quality Monitor enables users to monitor software quality proactively and on a daily basis, improving maintainability and reducing lifecycle costs. The cloud service is powered by SIG, which performs a static analysis of Mendix application models according to the ISO 25010 standard for maintainability. SIG builds its industry benchmark for software quality by inspecting 500 software systems per year on technical quality according to ISO/IEC 25010 in the organization's ISO 17025 accredited software laboratory.
The Mendix monitor's analysis covers key aspects of the application such as analyzability, modifiability and modularity. It rates the application for parameters like volume, duplication, unit complexity and dependencies. A dashboard offers the quality rating on a scale from 1 to 5, and highlights potential areas for further investigation. The ratings are based on benchmarks of thousands of projects, Mendix said. Founded in 2000, SIG is a spinoff of the University of Amsterdam.