CAST, a software analysis and measurement specialist has announced RWE Group Supply & Trading (RWEST) has selected its Application Intelligence Platform to perform structural software quality analysis on its key systems for software risk management and mitigation.

RWEST specialises in energy trading and claims to host the biggest energy trading floor in Europe, with affiliate offices located in Prague, New York, Singapore, Den Bosch, Mumbai and Geneva. With the business overseeing supply and trading of electricity, gas, coal, oil, CO2 certificates, and biomass in physical and derivative form into multiple markets, maintaining a solid and efficient IT infrastructure posed a formidable challenge.

The company advises it decided to take proactive measures to safeguard itself from IT failures caused by increasing systems complexity, which could potentially increase risk and inhibit future change. It opted for CAST’s Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) to perform structural software risk analysis on key systems. This  aligns with the traditional quality testing activities it already performs on the functional properties of systems.

CAST AIP helps RWEST more effectively manage the high level of complexity present in its systems, enabling teams to look at structural quality across technologies, systems and layers.

The company is now able to identify significant structural issues and software risk, such as robustness or performance, before it goes into a production environment, meaning far less time and money is wasted on poor quality systems. On top of this, CAST has enabled RWEST to better maintain and improve its systems, which will make future change simpler and less costly.

Dr. Andrew Mountford, Enterprise Architect for RWE Supply & Trading, said: “We now have clear insight into eventual and harmful consequences associated with poor software architecture, and a means by which this can be tackled in a sensibly prioritised and effective fashion. CAST has not only given us the tools to analyse the structural integrity of our software, it has provided us with the ability to better develop more intelligent IT solutions so we can confidently manage all current business responsibilities, whilst also focusing on securing a bright future for RWEST.”