Empowering Non-Technical Leaders: A Guide to The Code Registry Dashboard

Designed specifically for the needs of both non-technical leaders and senior IT experts, The Code Registry offers an unparalleled solution for securing and understanding your software assets. Through our unique approach of AI-powered analysis across over 4,000 rules and data points, we provide a comprehensive security assessment of your entire codebase and its dependencies.

Our innovative platform allows for the creation of independent, fully secure replicas of entire code repositories, ensuring your business’s software assets are protected and efficiently managed. With The Code Registry, non-technical leaders especially will be able to gain in-depth insights into the make-up of their code, from languages, file types and code complexity scoring. See which areas of your code could be improved and track developer output across multiple projects and Git repositories while also understanding your code’s true value, with The Code Registry’s ‘cost-to-replicate’ estimation service.

All our features are designed to empower business leaders to better manage their software development budget and roadmap quickly and efficiently. In the following article our CEO, Mark Purdy, a self professed ‘non technical founder’ will walk you through each of the data points within the platform and explain how you, as a non-technical founder as well, can leverage these insights to feel more in control and confident in your softwares future. 

The C-Suite Report

Having spent many years sitting in board rooms, managing large teams and multiple projects, we know that sometimes as a business leader you just a quick summary of whats going on. That’s where our C-Suite report summary comes in. on a single page you can scan through all the key metrics within The Code Registry’s full analysis and quickly see the headlines across Code Security, Dependency Issues, how your Code Complexity is tracking, Who’s been working on your code and see what your code is worth. All without needing to click through multiple pages of data or perform any calculations. This report is designed to be used by business leaders who quickly need to see or explain the status of their software projects. 

Empowering Business Leaders

The Metrics Dashboard

Similarly to our C-Suite report, the Metrics Dashboard is that one screen summary of your entire project, regardless of how many individual repositories (or vaults) you’ve got within our platform. We combine all the analysis across every vault within a project and present the data and insights in a combine dashboard view. This provides that ‘next level down’ granularity and is a more visual representation of what’s within your code. From here you can quickly dive into any of the individual facets for more information or open up our tracking graphs to see how specific facets have changed over time. For instance you may have been on a big development push, building and releasing lots of new features – but haven’t been focus on maintenance and security updates, well from our security vulnerability facet you can see if the volume of potential issues has been increasing and if you should start to plan in some version update work. 

Ultimately that’s the aim of The Code Registry, to provide a quick and easy-to-understand consolidated view of a businesses development so leaders can make informed decisions using accurate data based on fact.

The Code Registry Metrics Dashboard

Key Areas of Insights

Software development can be hard to manage and stay on top of, its doesn’t matter of you are a seasond CTO, Chief Architect or a Non-technical CEO or Founder, code and software is always moving. This makes it hard to keep on-top of things like security vulnerabilities for even a single project, let alone if you’re business has multiple software assets being developed and maintained, or if you look after an entire portfolio of clients. Each facet of data and its respective insights within The Code Registry platform has been designed to provide a global view of either a single vault or a collection of projects to help leaders (of any technical knowledge) quickly get the information and answers they need to better manage their development. Below we summarise each of the key facets you’ll find within our platform and what they are designed. tobe used for; 

1. Code Complexity

If you’re interested in understanding more about Code Complexity, how it’s calculated and why it’s important then we’ve actually written a dedicated article covering all of the key discussion points here >

However in order to Summarise, The Code Registry will provide every project or individual code vault with a ‘Code Complexity Score’. This score is intended to guide users on how complex their code is based on a combination of methods based around cyclomatic complexity. Business leaders can use this score to guide thinking around development, in simplistic terms, an abnormally high score could mean that their code will be hard to maintain in the long term, that it will be harder to test and QA and that it will be hard for a development team to estimate and optimize new development sprints. By reducing your overall complexity you will likely end up removing unnecessary code, improving excessively complex code into simpler more robust files and reducing your risk of potential defects and security breaches.

2. Security Vulnerabilities

Unfortunately in the world of software one of the main risks to your digital assets come from security breaches. Our aim within The Code Registry is to provide our users with a complete summary of any potential security vulnerabilities across both their code and 3rd party dependencies. once our analysis engine has completed its scan (which includes over 4,000 rules and data points) we will categories any potential security vulnerabilities into a table and provide you with. a clear traffic light signal of your code’s results. Now, many of the resulting issues might be complex and hard to understand, especially for non-technical users. Our aim here isn’t to resolve the issues or suggest fixes, it is to empower you with the knowledge and data to have better conversations with your development team about security. From our Security Vulnerability dashboard you can download the list of issues either as CVS or as a JSON file to share with your development team and prioritise the work together. 

3. Open Source Components

In a similar way to our Security Vulnerability scan, during our analysis we will also extract all of the Open Source Components being used within your code. While the use of Open Source Components is widely accepted across the majority of software development projects, it is incredibly important to ensure you, as a business leader, stay ontop of their licences and compliance criteria. It can be very hard to ensure that you keep track of every Open Source licence and wherher you are up-to-date or not, simply because each component may be updated by the provider and different frequencies and severities. By again reviewing and sharing our open source component analysis with your development team you can quickly assess how many of your components need addressing, download the licences themselves and review the compliance criteria, thus ensuring your own software is adhering to any policies required of it by using the component. 

4. AI Analysis and Insights

Within the dashboard and across every data facet you will have access to our automated AI generated insights. These insights are designed to not only summarise the data being presented but also to explain what it is that you’re looking at and what this means to you. Alngside the insights within each facet we also have a dedicated page where every insights is stored, this is perfect for people looking to capture talking points prior to. acatch-up with development team, or if you are trying to summarise some aspect of your code in an external document and need some context. Lastly, if there is an answer to a question you haven’t been able to ascertain from any of the data facets, then just ask Ada, our AI code assistant, if the answer is there within the code then Ada should be able to find it for you.

5. Git History

This section of The Code Registry is all about better understanding whos been doing what within your project. Unlike many native Git repositories, within The Code Registry you can see a combined view of as many vaults as you want within a single project, perfect if you have a development team who work across areas. Wihtin our Git History tab you can see total contributions by developer, search by specific vault or file name and track contributions over time. Everything you need to be able to understand your development teams output.

6. Cost-To-Replicate

You know how much you’ve spent on your software, you know how much your spending each month to maintain it and build new features – but do you know what it’s worth? Most business owners will have a tight grasp on their businesses assets like stock, property, hardware, data and many others, yet many would find it hard to place a value on their software. By syncing your code with The Code Registry you will automatically receive a full analysis summarising the estimate value of your code by way of our cost-to-replicate algorithm. We take into account coding languages, complexity of each language, lines of code, alongside things like open source components and dated security issues and licecnes to produce a mathematical estimation of what it would cost to rebuild your codebase like for like. While this won’t take into account any ideation or IP, what it does do is give you an estimated figure of what your code is worth or would cost someone to replicate – a really powerful tool for investors, insurance or due diligence. 

7. Vault History and Reporting

To make our platform as light touch as possible we’ve made so after the initial onboarding and syncing of your software projects you don’t ever have to configure anything again. You can simply leave our system to automatically replicate, secure and analyze your projects at a schedule of your choosing (weekly, monthly, quarterly). With each new replication you will recieve an automated notification via email that your analysis ready and also recieve both a PDF version of the recent replication and a comparison report comparing the data to the previous replication. These reports are perfect additions to board packs, circulating with peers or sharing with investors. If you want to take a longer term view and compare your software to a point in history, then you can simply choose a previous vault replication and run a fresh comparison report. A really great way to showcase progress or monitor team performance. 

The Code Registry Vault Report

Want to Learn More?

Our simple sign-up process takes less than 5 minutes, once we’ve replicated your code and created your dedicated IP Code Vault you’ll be able to start understanding more about your code immediately! Why not book a non obligation demo today to see our platform in action.