If 2013 was the year to get down to business, 2014 is the year to wake up and deliver. However, it’s not so much that app dev priorities or resolutions have changed; it’s their importance and focus on execution and delivery that is more critical than ever. No surprise that this fact continues to hold true: delivering applications faster to the business is still the #1 application development priority for 2014.
At the Gartner AADI Summit in December 2013, Serena surveyed IT executives about their top application development and delivery priorities for the coming year and discovered some notable results:
We found that the priority “Continuously Deliver Apps” grew in importance the fastest (up 17%), followed by “Develop Mobile Apps” and “Standardize Our Methodology,” both of which recorded a 15% increase since 2012. A slight decline was seen in the importance of delivering applications faster, suggesting the focus is moving to execution of the top priorities.
Another interesting discovery was the significant increase in the adoption and importance of 4 key App Dev initiatives:
While most software development delivery teams increasingly embrace agile, mobile, big data and cloud within the application strategies and portfolios, the biggest challenge for respondents is finding a way to define and deliver software faster and better while aligning with the business, market and customer needs.
See complete results from the survey in the graph below. Plus, check out the infographic, which will give you an at-a-glance view and analysis of the survey results. You can also see survey results from the Gartner 2012 AADI Conference as a comparison.
|Ashley Owen is the Director of Orchestrated ALM Strategy at Serena Software. Ash has worked at Serena Software for more than 20 years and is passionate about solving application delivery problems spanning demand, development, and deployment.|
This lines up precisely with we are hearing back from SAP using business. Specialising in simplifying SAP change control through delivering specifically SAP change control automation software the challenge for these organisations is the facilitation of continuous delivery whilst maintaining control, meeting documentation requirements, testing, code checks and so on without applying speed limits. Surprisingly, ALM automation is still really an afterthought as IT support organisation struggle to meet the business need with existing, outdated manual methods.