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Global Survey Shows App Dev Industry Ready for Massive Disruption

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OutSystems has published its sixth annual research report on the state
of application development and the challenges faced by development and
delivery teams. The
State of Application Development, 2019: Is IT Ready for Disruption?

unveils detailed survey results from over 3,300 IT professionals in all
industries across the world.

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“Our 2019 survey shows that many IT departments are facing a multitude
of disruptive forces when it comes to digital transformation and
application development,” said Steve Rotter, CMO for OutSystems. “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 new research
provides in-depth insights from IT managers, enterprise
architects, and developers addressing a wide range of issues. “Digital
transformation dominates business strategy today, which is why web and
mobile development demand is booming. Moreover, speed and agility are
more important than ever before,” Rotter explained.

This OutSystems report explores the priorities and challenges of
application development and delivery, and the strategies that IT teams
are using to try to speed up delivery.

Six key findings that impact every IT professional:

  • Demand for app dev soars: The number of applications slated for
    delivery in 2019 has increased 60%, according to respondents, 38% of
    whom plan to deliver 25 or more apps this year.
  • Steep development time: 46% of respondents said the average
    time to deliver a web or mobile application is five months or more.
  • Backlogs remain: 64% of IT professionals said they have an app
    dev backlog, and only 39% said their app dev backlog had improved in
    the past year.
  • Development talent hard to find and keep: Most respondents have
    hired developers, 75% of respondents described app dev talent as
    scarce, and only 36% of organizations have larger app dev teams than a
    year ago. The numbers appear to show retention of app dev talent is of
    an equally grave concern.
  • Agile practices are still slow to mature: 60% of organizations
    have invested in agile tools and services in the past year. However,
    the average agile-maturity score was a lackluster 2.7 out of 5,
    meaning most organizations are still in the process of defining agile
  • Customer centricity continues to rise: Over 60% of
    organizations have invested in customer-centric practices in the past
    year, including customer journey mapping, design thinking, and lean
    UX. For the new apps slated for development in 2019, those that will
    be used directly by customers or business partners were identified as
    most important.

Low-Code Has Become Mainstream

Another key research finding was that low-code is no longer just for
innovators and early adopters. For example, 41% of respondents said
their organization was already using a low-code
application platform
. And, a further 10% said they were about to
start using one.

The analysis in the report identified that organizations using low-code

  • 26% more likely to describe their organization as satisfied or
    somewhat satisfied with the speed of application development
  • 11% more likely to deliver web applications in four months or less
  • 15% more likely to deliver mobile applications in four months or less
  • 20% more likely to score their agile maturity as level 3, 4, or 5
  • 12% more likely to say that their app dev backlog has improved since
    last year
  • Reporting a 16% higher self-assessment score for digital
    transformation maturity

a copy of the full report.

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