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Be Prepared When Scouting For a Sale

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Jun 26, 2019 10:52:21 AM

In 2019, every company is a software company.

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Top Three Leading Indicators of Codebase Quality

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Jun 17, 2019 6:29:56 PM

Sema’s goal is simple. We want to provide senior management, architects and developers with the definitive set of tools they need to find, fix, prevent and manage technical debt.

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Case Notes: Private Equity

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on May 25, 2019 5:36:29 PM


Bain’s 10th-anniversary Global Private Equity Report once again takes in the entire industry, highlighting specific strengths and flagging challenges and opportunities.

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Topics: equity, hedge fund, angel investors, venture capital, venture capitalist, private equity firms, leveraged buyout, investing, equity trust

Developer Coaching and Evaluation Principles

Posted by Sema on Apr 28, 2019 4:02:17 PM


Sema is founded on three sacred trusts to engineers, organization leaders and other members of the software community. All three are essential to carrying out our work.

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Topics: Developer Evaluation, Developer Coaching and Evaluation Principles, Developer Coaching

Announcing Our New eBook: The Coming Revolution in Technical Due Diligence

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Apr 2, 2019 8:19:19 AM

I am delighted to share our first e-book, The Coming Revolution in Technical Due Diligence, which discussed how technical due diligence will change as a result of tools like Sema’s. It lays out a solution that gives diligence teams powerful new ways to gain transparency and visibility during the technical due diligence process. 

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Sema and the DevOps environment

Posted by Sanjay Khunger on Feb 12, 2019 7:58:38 AM

We are often asked here at Sema how our solutions work within DevOps organizations.

DevOps is the practice of operations and development engineers participating together in the entire service lifecycle, from design through the development process to production support. A logical outgrowth of Agile, extending Agile principles beyond the boundaries of the “code” to the entire delivered service, DevOps has been growing in popularity for several years now.

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Topics: software maintenance, codebase transparency, DevOps

Codebase Transparency in Practice:  A  Day-to-Day Look at Metrics-Equipped Development

Posted by Jason McInerney on Jan 16, 2019 11:48:16 AM

Last week I made the case for codebase transparency: why 21st-century dev leaders need real-time insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their codebase, and why new quality metrics are going to be the principal solution.  This week, I want to look at how this actually works in the day-to-day progress of a company. 

Case study 1: the regular meeting

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and your dev team leads step away from the gentle hum of CPUs and caffeinated frontal lobes to gather in the meeting room, lattes and laptops in hand. 

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Topics: metrics, codebase transparency

The Importance of Codebase Transparency (and the Weather)

Posted by Jason McInerney on Jan 10, 2019 12:51:16 PM

On leading software development in the 21st century

But first, a preliminary note about rain

Predicting the weather has always been valuable, but for most of history people have been pretty bad at it.  This was not for lack of heuristics.  Societies have always had weather lore – some parts of it (red sky at night) more accurate than others (groundhogs) – and an experienced sailor could develop a gut feeling for when a storm was approaching.  But today’s detailed forecasts would seem like outright magic to them.  A modern meteorologist would either be worshipped as a weather deity or burned at the stake.

What changed? 

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Topics: metrics, codebase transparency

Top 10 Sema Customer Quotes from 2018

Posted by Matt Van Itallie on Jan 3, 2019 4:06:50 PM


We at Sema wanted to wish everyone a great 2019.

It has been an extraordinary year, and I couldn’t be more thankful to work with our team of technologists and business leaders.

Of course, our deepest thanks goes to our clients. Their support, guidance and suggestions are helping transform the future of software maintenance.

In their honor we’d like to celebrate the new year with a list: our ten favorite client quotes from 2018.

Without further ado…

Our Top 10 Customer Quotes from 2018

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Topics: software maintenance, customerquotes

Using Continuous Software Maintenance to Eliminate Technical Debt

Posted by Sanjay Khunger on Oct 22, 2018 5:02:00 AM

Recently, Jason, one of Sema's founders, posted a thought-provoking article on technical debt. As he points out, technical debt is analogous to financial debt and software accrues technical debt when teams decide to defer all those “little” non-functional things.

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Topics: tech debt, software maintenance, technical debt