|[January 17, 2013]
OMG Adopts Automated Function Point Specification
NEEDHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
The Object Management Group (OMG®) Board of Directors has
adopted the Automated Function Point (AFP) specification. The push for
adoption was led by the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ®),
which is hosting a webinar to discuss the standard on February 14th
at 11am EST.
AFP provides a standard for automating the popular Function Point
measure according to the counting guidelines of the International
Function Point User Group (IFPUG). While there are several automated
counters available in the market, there has never been a standard that
ensures they are all counting the same way.
"The announcement by OMG of a specification for [AFP] counting should
dramatically expand the use of Function Points for sizing IT
applications," stated Dr. Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ. "By dramatically
reducing the cost of counting and eliminating the problem of
inconsistency among manual counters, automated Function Point
measurement can become a standard component of the software development
and maintenance process."
"The arrival of automated high-speed function point countng...will
elevate the importance of function point analysis from being a tool for
mid-range applications to becoming a powerful tool for executive
analysis of the largest and costliest software applications," says
Capers Jones, software industry measurement expert, VP and CTO, Namcook
Analytics. "Both software productivity and software quality data based
on function points will expand rapidly, as will reliable software
Function Points measure the size of IT application software by measuring
the business functionality the application provides to users. The
Function Point count is a critical input for other parameters such as
cost effectiveness and productivity.
AFP is available to the public for free download at www.omg.org.
The CISQ webinar will be led by Dr. Curtis and David Herron, coauthor of Function
Point Analysis, who led the international team that developed the
specification. Visit www.it-cisq.org
for more information and to register.
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industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise
integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider
range of industries. OMG's modeling standards enable powerful visual
design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes.
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