BRAY, Ireland – May 14, 2020 – Curiosity Software Ireland, specialist vendor in model-based testing, announces its partnership with Omnext, experts in software quality monitoring, and Specialisterren, a pioneering Social Enterprise dedicated to test automation. The joint offering builds rigorous tests directly from low-code apps, delivering quality at the speed of low code development.
Low-code development accelerates software delivery, enabling “Citizen Developers” to release software without manually coding. This rapid innovation requires equally rapid QA, testing each release within short iterations.
Manual test execution cannot match the speed of low-code development. QA therefore requires test automation, as otherwise releases risk costly bugs. However, automated testing typically requires slow and complex scripting – precisely what low-code seeks to avoid.
This is why Curiosity Software and Omnext have integrated Curiosity’s Test Modeller with the Omnext Fit Test Platform, offering rapid test automation that is accessible low-code developers.
The automated approach enables Citizen Developers to rigorously test fast-moving apps, moving from automated application scans to test execution in a few simple steps. The Omnext Fit Test Platform first analyses the quality of low code applications using recognised standards, providing granular risk-based insights. This furthermore analyses the app’s components and underlying logic, automatically building a model of the application under test. Curiosity’s Test Modeller converts these models into intuitive visual flowcharts, applying “coverage” algorithms to generate a complete test suite.
This “code-less” automation designs tests built to expose bugs that have arisen in the planned release. The tests are also customisable, generating scripts even for complex systems, with Specialisterren on hand to provide expert test automation services.
Bryan de Vries, Chief Commercial Officer at Omnext, comments:
“As todays organizations are becoming increasingly dependent on software, both development speed and overall quality have become key factors for success. Low-code platforms such as Mendix and OutSystems already offer the required development speed. On top of that Omnext already enables organizations to monitor their application’s non-functional quality in fully automated way. However, there was still a gap to fill in: ensuring functional-quality, at speed. This is where code-less test automation comes in. It allows low-code developers to apply existing skills when testing applications rigorously in-sprint”.
James Walker, Director of Technology with Curiosity Software adds that:
“Curiosity are very familiar with the challenge of testing fast-changing, increasingly complex systems. It’s a problem posed previously by iterative development, and one for which model-based test automation is well-equipped. The addition of Fit Test further increases the velocity and simplicity of model-based test design, making it even easier to maintain test suites in short sprints.”
Specialisterren Managing Director, Sjoerd van der Maaden, observes how:
“To test at the speed of system change, system modifications must be mirrored seamlessly in tests and data. Fit Test and Test Modeller offer a first-of-kind solution for low code applications, requiring little to no manual test maintenance. The flexible approach will already be familiar to low code developers, with Specialisterren on hand to help you test rigorously today.”
CAST and Omnext bringing together Software Intelligence and Fit Test capabilities to Measure and Reduce Software Low-Code Risk
Paris and Veenendaal – 26/03/2020 – CAST, the leader in Software Intelligence, today announced a partnership with Omnext, a software company specializing in low-code software analysis to provide clients with the insights needed to continually improve the security, resiliency, and quality of their software assets.
Today’s shift to digital comes with the challenge for organizations to be able to rapidly react to their changing environments and client needs. Low-code platforms such as Mendix or OutSystems offer a way to deal with this challenge. However, the balance between speed and quality is a fragile one. Thus, software quality of low-code applications has become more important than ever for these fast-changing organizations.
”We see that these organizations are increasingly harnessing the power of low-code, which cohabitates with more traditionally built software systems. Therefore, we are excited to provide objective measurement across the business, operations and software development with Omnext’s low-code analysis, enabling faster and safer digital transformations,” said Alexandre Charlet, Managing Director of Northern Europe at CAST.
Omnext will leverage CAST’s unique Application Intelligence Platform to analyze source code in greater detail and deliver objective visibility into entire software systems comprised of both low-code and traditional languages to help clients modernize quickly and with confidence.
CAST will add insights from Omnext’s robust low-code analysis capabilities into its existing Software Intelligence offering dubbed the ‘MRI for software.’ The additional insights will augment CAST’s existing software analysis capabilities around analyzing application security, cloud readiness, and enable easier in-depth system visibility on a broader range of applications.
“Right from the start, it became clear that Omnext and CAST share the same DNA. We don’t just share the same point of view on software quality and risks, but also on how we aim to add value to our customers. Therefore, a collaboration felt like the most natural step to take. We see this partnership as the ideal stepping stone to further increase our position in low-code software quality analysis. In addition, a collaboration with an internationally renowned partner as CAST fits in perfectly with our international ambitions,” says Jaco de Vries, CEO of Omnext.
This partnership aims to bring a unique offer to customers who wants to get the most visibility on their portfolio regardless of technology choices. Integrating Omnext’s Low Code offering into CAST’s MRI for software will provide IT organizations with the facts needed for informed decision making, based on a holistic analysis not dependent on technologic orientations. Now, IT organizations can rely on a unique platform to modernize quickly and with confidence”.
About Omnext Omnext has a history in rebuilding legacy-systems to new systems. An organization build over time, that gathered knowledge and experience through practice. In the past 15 years, Omnext build its reputation as a specialist in source code and low-code analysis. We support over 40 different technologies, including the leading low-code ones, and have hand-on experience with each of them. This makes our expertise real, and only this expertise makes us able to understand our clients’ problems, software risks and, at the same time, opportunities. Our flexible and customer-oriented approach helps us to achieve the highest result for our clients. Learn more at www.omnext.com.
About CAST CAST is the pioneer and category leader in Software Intelligence, providing insight into the structural condition of software assets. CAST technology is renowned as the most accurate “MRI for Software”, which delivers actionable insights into software composition, database structures, architectures, critical flaws, quality grades, cloud readiness levels and work effort metrics. It is used globally by thousands of forward-looking digital leaders to make objective decisions, accelerate modernization and raise the security and resiliency of mission critical software. Visit www.castsoftware.com.
KPMG is to work closely with Omnext, a Dutch software analysis services provider and the first OutSystems-recognised Code Review Partner. The partnership will enable KPMG to provide organisations using OutSystems-based software with a better understanding of the maintainability, reliability, performance and security of their application portfolio. In particular, KPMG will use Omnext’s Fit Test 4 OutSystems tooling for the static analysis of applications built using the OutSystems platform.
KPMG has a long-standing relationship with OutSystems. “OutSystems and KPMG Portugal have been providing a number of special IT solutions together since 2010,” says Joost Koedijk, Digital Enablement partner at KPMG Netherlands and globally responsible for KPMG’s Software Quality practice. Koedijk: “This resulted in an official partnership in 2011. The companies are working together closely to steer the digital transformation efforts of a number of highly regulated industries in the right direction. This applies, for example, to both the banking sector and telecommunications. KPMG Portugal employs more than 70 OutSystems-certified professionals. In 2018, we expanded our partnership with KPMG Netherlands and developed a new Center of Excellence for OutSystems based on the existing capacity. In the same year, KPMG was named Partner of the Year by OutSystems.”
Jaco de Vries, CEO of Omnext, adds: “Our Fit Test 4 OutSystems platform allows us to continuously, automatically and transparently monitor the quality of our clients’ software developed with the OutSystems platform. In 2018, Omnext was already recognised by OutSystems as its first official Code Review Partner and, in our view, the collaboration with KPMG is the next step in enabling organisations at an international level to make the most of the power of the low-code platform by guaranteeing quality. In addition, KPMG offers a high level of OutSystems knowledge, enabling us to continuously improve our Fit Test platform. In other words, a collaboration with a future-oriented perspective.”
Decrease maintenance burdens
For more than a decade now, KPMG has been helping customers gain insight into the technical quality of their applications on traditional platforms, such as .NET, Java and PHP. Koedijk: “With Fit Test 4 OutSystems, KPMG is expanding its software quality consulting services to include the OutSystems platform. When applied correctly, OutSystems offers a platform that can relieve developers of a lot of work. Implementations entail challenges that are similar to traditional development platforms, and in general errors will occur. A tool such as Fit Test 4 OutSystems enables us to perform a thorough automated analysis of the technical quality of the software. In this way we can help our customers to improve the quality and maintenance of their software solutions.”
Agility with “Fit Test 4 OutSystems” for App Development in OutSystems by
Enabling Automatic Team Review
Automatically Analyzing Information for Development Team Review Based on OutSystems’ Development Best Practices.
BlueMeme Inc., a Tokyo-based IT
corporation specialized in Low-Code Platform “OutSystems” (HQ: Tokyo, Japan, CEO: Masanori Matsuoka) and
Omnext B.V., a source-code analytics tool providing company (HQ: Veenendaal,
Netherlands, CEO: Jaco de Vries) officially announce to provide “Fit Test 4
OutSystems”, which automatically analyzes applications developed by OutSystems,
in Japan on January 31st.
It has 6 years passed since 2012 when BlueMeme
introduced OutSystems to a Japanese company for the first time, and now the
number of OutSystems users in Japan climb up to more than 110. OutSystems’
visual modeling feature enables developers to review their progress in team
more easily; however, the more the size of applications grows, the more
difficult and time-consuming it takes to review. Also, many OutSystems users
wonder what standard or metrics to use for development in OutSystems. To
overcome such challenges, BlueMeme and Omnext have a partnership in Japan to
provide Fit Test 4 OutSystems (FT4O), showing analyzed information for users
based on OutSystems development standards and best practices. Main
characteristics of FT4O are as follows;
Main characteristics of FT4O are as follows;
Characteristics of FT4O
“Scoring” your application based on best practices.
Omnext gathers its core sources of best practices not
only from OutSystems but also many of OutSystems partners and embed them to the
product. Based on the best practice items, the portal shows “which element
violates best practice items” and “how much impact such violation gives on the
Specifying what and how to fix
In case applications are not followed by best practice rules, the portal shows level of impact and difficulty to fix. Developers can easily understand what to fix next and plan it in the next splint. As the portal describes how to fix each violation, it is easy for them to follow unified rules during development.
Enabling team review in short time without troubling development leaders
analytics of applications automatically by uploading OutSystems application in
OAP file. Users can view the result of not only single scan, but also of
comparison with previous scan history, it is very useful and easy for them to
check what has improved since the last scan. Also, it does not involve any
developers or team leaders in this analytic process, so it helps them to
standardize the development and speed up team review in splint.
Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Founded in：December, 2006
million yen (including capital reserve)
BlueMeme is the first company in Japan to introduce the low-code development platform “OutSystems” in 2012 and has provided customers with related service, sales, localization, training and product support while providing business system development and consulting service with the combination of OutSystems + Agile Development. We also started a new service “agile SDK (Service Delivery Kit)”, organizing Agile Development methodology and technology into “architecture”, ”process”, ”team”, for Japanese companies starting Agile Development. This “agile SDK” has variety of new generation technology and will be adjusted to customers’ IT environment. In addition to the technology, by accelerating the growth of team members, BlueMeme will further support the delivery of business systems which are flexible to respond to rapid changes in business environment to improve the company’s competitiveness.
LINK TO ORIGINAL BLUEMEME PRESS RELEASE (Japanese)
Omnext just announced a new service for customers to help them understand the code maintainability of applications they build with OutSystems. This begs the question, what is maintainable code when we’re talking about a low-code platform? In this post we’ll highlight why this is a very relevant question to be asking, and why companies like KPMG (who build many low-code applications and happen to be “OutSystems 2018 Partner of the Year”) take this seriously.
Speed vs. Quality
Speed versus quality is a classic balancing act that applies to the process of building software. For those who prioritize quality, it makes sense that there would be a healthy skepticism of development platforms that promise greater speed. “If a platform helps a developer build software 10 times faster, surely this will lead to quality issues,” might be the thought process.
To address this concern, it’s helpful to substitute the word “speed” with “automation.” The speed increases delivered by low-code development platforms relate to things developers no longer have to do. Various studies show that as much as 60–80 percent of development time is spent on repetitive activities. The way we write code to take data from a database table and present it on a screen doesn’t vary much from screen to screen. The way we ensure a screen displays well regardless of form factor tends to be the same for each screen. The way we ensure security, internationalization, accessibility… you get the picture.
There are many accelerators already built into the leading IDEs to help automate these types of activities by generating various snippets of code. Low-code development platforms extend this further by allowing developers to visually model solutions without even having to write code. The platform takes care of all the repetitive stuff. Does this mean the developer is no longer coding? Absolutely not. The developer still has to model the logic and data of the application, design the screens, connect to data sources, maintain good architecture, and so on.
Speed vs. Control
This claim of 10x development speed is often perceived negatively by developers who worry they are losing control over the “code” of their application. I think of it differently. My first coding job was in assembly language, and it took forever to do even the most basic things. When macros were introduced to automate instruction coding for assembly, there was a similar concern from developers: “I don’t like it! I’m losing control!” When I transitioned to C++, I didn’t once miss loading registers or trying to squeeze code into a 4k segment—I was able to focus instead on what the software needed to actually do. Then came Java. No more worrying about garbage collection or wrestling with apps that needed to run on more than one operating system or platform. This felt like nirvana compared to before.
Back to Quality
Growing up in the U.K., the phrase “more haste, less speed” was commonplace, and I never really thought too much about what it meant. Thanks to automation, low-code enables a much higher degree of “haste” than lower-level programming languages. You can deliver meaningful outcomes to the business faster compared to manual coding. But, like any programming language, a developer rushing to deliver solutions with low-code can make mistakes. “Speed” without quality can result in a poor architecture that, in turn, leads to issues in areas like performance, security, or maintainability.
So, how do you ensure quality with a low-code development platform? It turns out that it isn’t really that different compared with traditional programming languages. Best practices are defined that have to be checked, either manually or, better yet, with automation.
Omnext is a company focused on providing automation solutions that ensure the quality of software written in over 30 different languages. They have developed a solution for OutSystems customers based on the ISO-25010 guidelines for software maintainability and quality supplemented with OutSystems-specific best practices. They help organizations answer the following types of questions across a portfolio of OutSystems applications:
How has the maintainability changed since the last sprint?
How do the code quality and productivity of my scrum teams differ?
How can I reduce my maintenance costs?
To what extent are components re-used?
Omnext Fit Test provides a snapshot of an app’s current software risks. Customers can also sign up for a regular cadence of risk scans with the Stay Fit program. Results of the analysis are presented in an elegant dashboard within the Omnext Portal. A point-based scoring system makes issues easy to identify.
Omnext has developed their own ORQA index, a quality score based on the impact of any best practice violations and the effort required to resolve them. Adapted to include OutSystems best practices gathered from years of experience across large portfolios of applications, this index can be used to help prioritize any remediation efforts.
By comparing points-in-time, you can see whether new issues are being introduced as your teams deliver new releases. To facilitate the fixing of issues, the Omnext Portal provides more detailed views to help pinpoint exactly where in your OutSystems model those issues were found. Since organizations may have different standards, custom rules are also supported to further tailor the results of the analysis.
Tangible Benefits of Understanding Quality
Intuitively, we want our software to be of higher quality. When it comes to security and performance, the potential repercussions of low quality are self-explanatory. Low-code maintainability may have some less obvious benefits, but they, too, are important.
Applications that are built following best practice guidelines are likely to last longer and add value to their users for a longer period. They are also easier to adapt to changing requirements.
It is easier to maintain an application that is built well. Less time spent on maintenance means extra time available to deliver new, high-value functionality.
Well-architected elements are more likely to be used again, and reuse can increase productivity.
Sharing quality insights with your development team helps them understand how to architect higher quality applications, raising the overall skill level of your team.
Ultimately, while the higher level of abstraction enables much greater speed, developing with low-code is not that different compared to writing code by hand. Quality still needs to be built into your development practices, and by automating your quality checks, further efficiencies can be gained.
To find out more about how Omnext can help you identify opportunities that might be hiding in your OutSystems applications, check out their website. For a limited time, they are offering a free Quick Fit Test scan of an application. For those who need more assistance, Omnext has partnered with KPMG so you can take advantage of their depth of experience with OutSystems. KPMG will conduct expert reviews of an organization’s applications and draft up detailed improvement reports.
Now, go in haste.
Written by Mike Hughes – Senior Director of Product Marketing, OutSystems.
OutSystems, provider of the number one low-code platform for rapid application development, today announced two new code-review offerings from partner, Omnext. Omnext Fit Test and Stay Fit will help organizations ensure that all OutSystems applications they build adhere to best practices for maintainability, reliability, performance, and security. This will effectively reduce technical debt of new software before deployment.
Research estimates that new business applications contain at least $1M in technical debt upon release. As software is updated and new functionality added, that number increases as organizations struggle to balance quality with delivery speed. Accenture’s CIO survey in early 2018 revealed that 70 percent of CIOs want to keep existing core systems as long as possible. As well, 70 percent also said that legacy debt is limiting their ability to innovate.
Through reports and dashboards, the new Omnext services give organizations a third-party-validated risk analysis that helps them quantify their quality standards so they can move forward faster, with less risk and effort. Omnext Fit Test provides a snapshot-in-time, deep risk analysis of code based on the ISO 25010 quality model. Customers can then use the Stay Fit program to schedule a risk analysis to match their development teams’ efforts, such as after sprints or every week.
For example, KPMG, a global professional services firm and OutSystems 2018 Partner of the Year, is using the Omnext services to help its clients identify and remediate potential risks in generated code before it can impact critical production environments. As part of the launch of these new services, Omnext and KPMG are offering each OutSystems customer a free analysis of one of their apps (Quick Fit Test). The output of the scan will include a high-level report expressing an overall quality risk indication. In addition, the report will also include an overview of most common Best Practice violations found in the app.
“OutSystems delivers a platform that can take a lot of the burden out of the developers’ hands when adopted successfully,“ said Joost Koedijk, partner digital enablement at KPMG. “Development is rarely perfect and errors can, and usually will, occur. Tools like Fit Test 4 OutSystems by Omnext allow us to do an efficient and automated deep-dive into the technical quality of the developed software and help our clients improve the quality and maintainability of their solutions.”
“IT teams using low-code platforms are moving faster than ever, so it’s imperative that the code we build or layer onto existing systems isn’t introducing new legacy debt,” said Mike Hughes, senior director of product marketing for OutSystems. “These new services developed through our partnership with Omnext offer peace of mind to organizations. They now have a way of knowing that new apps and functionality aren’t introducing unnecessary risk and won’t impact service delivery or availability.”