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[January 22, 2013]

Object Management Group Adopts Automated Function Point Specification

Jan 22, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- The Object Management Group Board of Directors has adopted the Automated Function Point specification.

In a release dated Jan. 17, the Board said that the push for adoption was led by the Consortium for IT Software Quality, which is hosting a webinar to discuss the standard on Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. EST.

The CISQ webinar will be led by Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ and David Herron, coauthor of Function Point Analysis.

AFP provides a standard for automating the Function Point measure according to the counting guidelines of the International Function Point User Group.

"The announcement by OMG of a specification for counting should dramatically expand the use of Function Points for sizing IT applications," said 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 counting 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," said Capers Jones, VP and CTO, Namcook Analytics. "Both software productivity and software quality data based on function points will expand rapidly, as will reliable software benchmarks." 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 omg.org.

OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium.

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