Features & Analytics
CAST Highlight delivers the features and analytics you need to rapidly assess and manage your application portfolio with code-level facts, not opinions.

Helicopter View on your Portfolio Health


Highlight enables you to quickly and objectively measure software health, Cloud readiness, complexity and cost of your application portfolio – in days.  Using a distributed and painless process, you can have exclusive insight into application risks and opportunities before any investment, rationalization or retirement decision is made on an IT asset.

Software Resiliency
Software Agility
Software Elegance

Fact-Based & Code-Level Analysis

CAST has been a leader in Software Quality Measurement since 1990.  Highlight searches for hundreds of problematic code patterns and programming practices that reduces health and increases costs in your software. Resiliency, agility, code elegance & readability metrics give you facts about your portfolio you’ve never seen before.


Cloud Readiness Assessment & Monitoring

Developed with some of the smartest cloud experts across the globe, Highlight helps you quickly and objectively assess your application portfolio for Cloud migration. Based on 140+ unique code patterns, it automatically builds your migration strategy by identifying where to start, quick wins, and applications that will take longer to migrate.  Where a Cloud expert could spend weeks to measure the capability for a single application to move to PaaS, Highlight CloudReady makes it possible on the entire portfolio – in only days.


Frameworks Security Hotspots (CVEs)

Have you heard recently about what happened to Equifax with Struts? Highlight helps you identify security issues that your applications may have before black hats get their hands on it. This version verifies if the frameworks and third-party libraries contain CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures) across 100K+ vulnerabilities referenced by MITRE and NIST.


Application Benchmarks

How are your applications compared to industry peers? Are your core business applications more risky or complex than the average? Highlight benchmarks each application in your portfolio against 3000+ anonymous applications. Compare “apples to apples” using more than a dozen benchmarking dimensions (e.g. technology, application type or exposure, team skills and turnover ratio, total end-users, etc.).


Portfolio Demographics

How many applications in your portfolio are written in Java?  What are the most customer-vital applications? Which development teams have the highest turnover? Get numbers on your application landscape and easily see the associated technical software assessment.


Maintenance Effort Estimate

Where can you cut costs without degrading support to the business?  Using code-level metrics and COCOMO II (a cost estimation model for software development projects), Highlight tells you where and why you should increase or decrease your maintenance workforce.


Trends on Application KPIs

How to ensure risks are effectively mitigated? Are your software health factors decreasing or increasing across time? Highlight records the evolution of each KPI to let you know if your remediation strategy is finally paying.

Effortless Onboarding

Thanks to a distributed workflow, adding a new application in Highlight takes minutes only:  scan code locally, answer a short web-based survey, your application is instantly available in Highlight.

Local Code Scan

We care about data privacy. At any moment, your source code doesn’t leave your infrastructure. Scan your application locally with our Highlight Agent, then upload metrics. See how it works

Scan 35+ Technologies

Highlight scans major technologies. 35+ programming languages are supported: Java, Javascript, Python, JSP, COBOL, SAP/Abap, C/C++, C#, PHP, Visual Basic, T-SQL, PL/SQL, Shell…

NEW Custom Indicators

Create your own indicators and consolidate new analytics based on answered surveys – perfect for use cases like containerization readiness, customer satisfaction, Agile efficiency, etc.

NEW Application Tags

create and attach tags to an application or a set of applications in bulk. For instance, you can now combine metrics to identify the best candidates for IaaS or PaaS and activate these tags as filters on all dashboards.

NEW Flexible Keyword Scanner

Configure your own patterns to search specific content or combination of content during your code scan that meet your search criteria. This feature is especially useful in GPDR, security or copyright contexts.


Highlight analyzers can be integrated within your CI/CD pipeline through a configurable command line, in order to get fresh analytics after each sprint or release, or even nightly build? It only takes minutes! See how


Integrate Highlight metrics into
your favorite tools using our public API. Key metrics can be extracted from the platform to be integrated wherever it will make sense for your organization, using our public REST API.

NEW Azure Devops Extensions

Do you want to continuously scan source code and track Highlight analytics on your Azure Devops projects? Download our turnkey extensions from the Visual Studio Marketplace  and enjoy a continuous monitoring of projects.

Framework Inventory

Know the version, type and licensing of the frameworks used by your applications. Highlight references 150+ frameworks such as AngularJS, Spring, Backbone, Symfony, Zend, Hibernate, etc.

Role-Based Dashboards

At each level of your organization, enroll users with different profiles and associated visibility: Portfolio Managers, Contributors and Viewers.

Integration with EA & APM tools

In order to inject objective metrics into the EA and APM process, key Highlight indicators can now be integrated into third-party solutions such as Mega, BiZZdesign and Casewise.

Flexible Dashboard Filtering

You can filter results you’re seeing in the different screens & dashboards: by domains (eg: Business Units), technologies or specific time ranges, or a combination of these filtering criteria.

Portfolio Data Export

Export your portfolio results in standard formats. Highlight natively supports PowerPoint, but also XML and CSV data export in order to let you build custom reports on top of CAST Highlight outputs.

Customizable Surveys

Gather and aggregate data on your applications across your organization, to build exclusive additional risk analyses. These custom surveys can also be used for internal benchmarks of your entire portfolio.


Get immediate access to CAST Highlight 
– Browse and report on a set of real applications today!  Then contact us to start analyzing your own applications.