KPIT Cummins achieves 50% reduction in code rework with QAC

Date
07/17/2013

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PRQA | Programming Research, a leader in static analysis, announced that KPIT Cummins, a leading product engineering and IT consulting partner to manufacturing corporations, has achieved a 50% reduction in code rework through fully integrating QA?C into the development process and using it early and often' throughout the coding phase. Developers are inevitably required to rework code after quality issues are identified during testing at the end of the development phase. This retrospective work can be challenging and time-consuming. In Professional Services organizations the process can be further complicated if the key developers have been assigned to the next project and need to be moved back to complete the rework. KPIT Cummins' Automotive and Engineering business unit is a leading developer of chassis and safety systems serving 125+ OEMs, Tier 1s and their supply chains. The company needed a static code analysis solution to meet the requirements of customers who mandated that their software must adhere to the Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) coding standard. They determined that QA?C from PRQA was the best product to meet this need. Initially KPIT Cummins used QA?C to automate the process of compliance testing by the V&V (QA) teams. "We quickly realised how good QA?C was at identifying coding issues", stated KPIT Cummins' Head of Productivity and Functional Excellence, Samir Kulkarni, "and the accuracy of the tool reduced our delivery overhead significantly." However, it was soon apparent that bigger benefits could be realized if the development teams analyzed the code as they wrote it, preventing defects rather than relying on testing to find them later in the process. According to Samir, "QA?C provides our developers with immediate feedback and they now fix most defects as they are injected. Consequently our code rework after V&V has been reduced by a staggering 50%! This not only saved us money, but has also significantly improved our delivery times." PRQA's QA?C, QA?C++, and QA?Verify, offer extremely close examination of C and C++ code. All contain powerful, proprietary parsing engines combined with deep accurate dataflow which deliver high fidelity language analysis and comprehension. They identify problems caused by language usage that is dangerous, overly complex, non-portable or difficult to maintain. Plus, they provide a mechanism for coding standard enforcement. KPIT Cummins has been using QAC for ten years. Originally this was a tactical decision, and used by the test teams to verify MISRA compliance. However, this subsequently metamorphosed into a key strategic element in the company's pursuit of continuous improvement, with KPIT Cummins now looking to extend adoption beyond automotive into other safety-critical areas such as medical equipment. KPIT Cummins PRQA

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