Demand for Apps Is Exploding 2018

Demand for Apps Is Exploding 2018

The need for digital transformation dominates business strategy today, and there are two obvious consequences for IT. Demand for application development is at an all-time high, and speed and agility are more important than ever before.

3,500 IT professionals from 116 countries share their insights in one of the most comprehensive research reports on the state of application development.

Featuring an analysis of responses from IT managers, architects, and developers across all industries, this 34-page research report answers five critical questions:

  • How are app dev priorities adjusting to this digital age?
  • What are the main challenges of meeting app dev goals?
  • What strategies are IT teams employing to increase app dev capacity and speed?
  • Are these strategies working to overcome resource constraints, and reduce backlogs?
  • Are new app dev practices such as low-code and citizen development making a difference?

To find out more, download the full report.

How to accelerate brilliant digital experiences

How to accelerate brilliant digital experiences

Win the race for your customers’ hearts & minds, whatever the odds.

Across numerous industries, enterprise giants are losing ground to more nimble competitors. It’s hard to innovate when you’re saddled with complexity, security, and compliance concerns.

Nowhere is this more true than in the financial services and insurance sector, where increasingly “switchy” customers are flocking to disruptors as they search for digital convenience.

But, it’s not all one-way traffic. Whatever your industry, read these five inspirational low-code stories to learn how you can fight back in the race for customers’ hearts and minds.

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Why IT Struggles with Digital Transformation

Why IT Struggles with Digital Transformation

The Four Challenges

So, what is holding back digital transformation and making life difficult for so many CIOs and their organizations? The answer to this question can be summarized in four categories1.

  • Massive backlogs. Many organizations have more work than their IT teams can deliver. According to a recent OutSystems survey of 3,200 IT professionals, 62 percent of IT managers reported having a backlog of mobile apps. In some cases, they had 10 apps or more waiting to be developed.
  • Legacy debt. Keep-the-lights-on activities make up a massive 70 to 80 percent of IT budgets.5  Inflexible back-office systems not only use up too many resources and too much budget, but they’re also hard to integrate or adapt in the ways needed to support new digital initiatives. Slow development methods associated with legacy systems make a bad situation worse.
  • Scarce resources. Digital initiatives require specific technical skills. Since many organisations don’t have them, their choices are to invest heavily in training, recruit necessary skills, or plug gaps with outsourcing. Unfortunately, with developers costing as much as $170 an hour, these options are expensive, time consuming, or both.
  • Uncertainty. Digital transformation (if it really is transformative) is hard because it involves genuine innovation and a different mindset. Processes, business models, service offerings are all likely to be new. Adoption by customers and partners is unpredictable. Simply put, this is a million miles from the comparative safety of incremental and linear business improvement. Embracing such uncertainty is often hard for IT organizations. New methods are needed throughout the entire development lifecycle. Risk-averse, business-case prioritization is out; design thinking and lean startup, and test and learn are in.

Download the full 36 page PDF by OutSystems. Learn how no-code platforms can enable innovation through the adoption of Agile teams, flexible integration and DevOps governance and success.

1 “The State of Application Development 2017 Research Report: App Dev in the Age of Digital Transformation, Low-Code Platforms and Citizen Developers

2 . Forrester: 2018 US Tech Budget Outlook

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To see just how much the demand for apps is increasing, look no further than to the ambitious plans many IT teams have for 2017. While all of the IT professionals we surveyed said that they will build apps this year, nearly half (44 percent) indicated they will be developing more than 10 apps and 9 percent expect

to deliver over 50 of them. Large enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region had the most ambitious plans. Roughly one in five IT professionals there said that they plan to build a staggering 100 apps or more in 2017.