Panoptics: Automates Software Change Scope and Estimation
Panoptics provides a fast and accurate estimation of required change, project scope, and tasks. Panoptics exports the tasks and their scope to your SOW. It eliminates guesswork and complexity to allow operations to create what is needed to accomplish, to support the requirements. The following benefits are real and are just the starters:
• Quickly and Accurately Determine Scope and Calculate the Change Estimates
• Export the project tasks directly to CSV file Useable in the SOW
• Get More Proposals Approved at Less Cost
• Avoid Time and Cost Overruns
• Quicker Turnaround time
• Improve Margins / Budget Efficiency
Application and Database Dependency Mapping
First, our software discovers the applications and databases and maps the dependencies between them at every level of detail, down to method and column. It presents a high-level view showing which systems depend on each other.
Establishing Base Line User Productivity
To calculate accurately the effort required for a given change, Panoptics needs to baseline the user’s productivity. The user tells Panoptics how many lines of code a member of his team can recode in an hour. This metric can be defined for each application language supported by Panoptics. In this screenshot, we see that in one hour, the average team member can fix 10 lines of JAVA code, each having on average a nestedness of 2 and a complexity of 3.
Defining the Scope of Change by Business or Technology Portfolio
Now it’s time to define the scope of change. Panoptics automatically groups systems into technology portfolios according to application language or database type. In addition, the user can easily assign an application or database to one or more business portfolios. Panoptics makes it easy to see at a glance which systems will be impacted by a change. In the screenshot below, the solutions architect has created a portfolio for all the systems that depend on the system that must be modified– in this case, the BackOffice database.
Decomposing Each Application and Database
Panoptics automatically decomposes each application or database, showing the structure of all the elements within it. By clicking on the elements that are to be changed, the solutions architect creates a Change Query. A Change Query can include any number of elements from any number of applications and databases. Panoptics’ Change Estimation feature calculates the effort required for any change, no matter how complex.
In this case, the business requirement is to extend the User ID column, so the Change Query consists of the element JNDI_User > ID:
Instantly assess Impact and Change
With a single click, Panoptics instantly assesses the impact and calculates the effort required. It displays all the applications and methods that will be impacted by a change to the ID column. A change to the User ID column will impact 23 methods in 11 applications. Based on the number of lines per method and their nestedness and complexity, this change will require twelve hours.
Full Export Capability
Panoptics lets the user export this information so that it is easy to reference both the impact assessment and the change estimation. This information can be used to create an SOW. It also guides Testing and QA once the change is complete.
Panoptics makes it easy for enterprises and the professional services organizations that serve them estimate quickly and accurately the effort required for a software change. Accurate change estimation results in fewer overruns, better planning, and budgeting, improved odds of getting a proposal approved, and happier customers.