IT is beleaguered and feels under attack thanks to skyrocketing demand for mobile app development, a stubborn app backlog, pressure to quickly digitally transform companies, and a rise in external disruptive forces like cyber attacks.
So finds the survey, “Development, 2019: Is IT Ready for Disruption?” of 3,300 IT professionals from around the world by OutSystems. But there’s also good news in it as well: Low-code platforms can help solve many of IT’s worst woes.
Demand for Application Development Continues to Grow
OutSystems CMO Steve Rotter sums up IT’s biggest problems this way: “Our 2019 survey shows that many IT departments are facing a multitude of disruptive forces when it comes to digital transformation and application development. The threat of digital disruption and the need for digital transformation has been a driver of IT strategy for years. Add to that the current uncertain global economic outlook, and it becomes obvious why business leaders are so concerned about agility today.”
The survey found demand for app development continues to soar: The number of apps that IT says it will deliver in 2019 is 60 percent more than in 2018. Thirty eight percent of respondents plan to deliver 25 or more apps this year, and fifteen percent say they’ll deliver 100 or more.
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The number of apps that IT says it will deliver in 2019 is 60 percent more than in 2018, and already 64% of IT professionals surveyed say they already have an app dev backlog.
While demand soars, backlogs continue to plague IT, with 64 percent of respondents reporting they have an app dev backlog. Nineteen percent say the backlog is more than 10 apps.
Experienced App Development Talent Is Hard to Find
The report found that IT continues to struggle to find and hire development talent. It found: “The vast majority of responding organizations have hired multiple app dev roles in the past year. Only 15% of respondents described such recruitment as easy, and for many specialties, recruitment was described as hard or very hard. Despite such recruitment, only 36% of organizations have larger app dev teams than a year ago. So, for many organizations, retention of developer talent appears to be an equally grave challenge.”
According to the report: “Uncertainty and disruptive threats appear to be on the rise. Asked to evaluate potential risks, senior respondents ranked changes in customer preference or behavior as their number one risk factor, closely followed by regulatory change, cyber-attack, and more nimble competitors.”
Low-Code Development Reduces IT Challenges
The report found, however, that low code development has entered the enterprise mainstream and has begun to solve many IT woes. Forty one percent of respondents already use low code platforms, with an additional 10 percent about to start using one. Of those who use low code platforms, 66 percent said it increases digital innovation and transformation, the same percent said it increases their responsiveness to the business, and 45 percent said it reduces their dependency on hiring people with hard-to-hire technical skills.
66% of low-code development users said it increased digital innovation and transformation, 66% said it increased their responsiveness to the business, and 45% said it reduced their dependency on hiring hard-to-find technical people.
Mark Weaser, Regional Vice-President, APAC, OutSystems sums up the benefits of low code this way: “Our findings in the 2019 State of Application Development Report crystallize a trend we have been observing in recent years - the uptake of low-code development platforms supporting innovation, continuous delivery, and better talent resource management in enterprises.”
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