A recent report by Forrester, “What’s Code Got To Do With It?”Companies Are Strategically Minimising Their Reliance On Code And, In Some Cases, Eliminating It Completely” confirms what Agilepoint has been claiming since 2003.
Code = choke
In our view (AgilePoint), and which is shared by the reòrt, legacy code, technical debt, and old systems bog down software engineering teams, stifle innovation, and all code creates future choke points and ultimately leads to system collapse.
The report states that security is a top concern, adaptability is crucial, and legacy software maintenance drains resources that could otherwise be dedicated to new projects to drive the business forward. Given this reality, respondents agree that moving away from code is the path forward:
- 70% say it is critical or important to adopt a codeless architecture approach to help their digital transformation efforts.
- 60% of respondents report that their organisations are shifting away from code as a strategic technology goal; they want to free up development resources to focus on high-value work, reduce security vulnerabilities, and modernise their tools.
- 70% say shifting to a codeless architecture approach is important for digital transformation success
- 59% agree that the existing software development tools prevent them from achieving innovation at scale.
- 58%of respondents currently struggle to protect the organisation from software security vulnerabilities; this isn’t surprising, given that security compliance is their leading
- concern with legacy software solutions
- 56% agree that their developers spend too much time updating and maintaining legacy code.
- 53% of respondents say the maintenance and upkeep of code contribute to higher software costs
- 53% of organisations delay or shelve important new technology projects in order to allocate resources to maintain old ones.
- 51% agree that their organisation’s existing software development infrastructure makes it difficult to move as fast as the business requires
40% dedicate of their IT budget to maintaining or improving existing software. The report quotes a digital transformation leader at a large bank that spends more than 80% of its IT budget maintaining existing code, leaving little to support new development efforts. In AgilePoints view, that is a sign of the near collapse of the system.
It is about survival
Code makes companies old, and slow, negatively impacts innovation, increases security risks, increases cost, reduces efficiency, and ultimately affects long-term survivability.
Modern organisations that want to remain competitive require fast, flexible, and adaptive technology. For that reason, minimising reliance on custom code is a strategic priority. Three in five of the decision makers they surveyed report that reducing the amount of custom code in their organisations is a strategic technology goal. The reasons:
- developer productivity
- Need for product/ technology refresh
- Need to reduce potential security vulnerabilities
- Poor employee experience with business technology systems
- Poor customer/ end-user experience
It is not only IT. Infrastructure and organisational structure impede efforts to build new software. System upgrades create cascading complications, the organisations are siloed, there is a lack of developer talent, and the lack of budget prevents organisations from developing software quickly and efficiently. That is why organisations must adopt new strategies to overcome these barriers to agility.
The future of software development is complete no-code platforms that are very intuitive. The need for highly configurable platforms that meet unique business needs and the ability to handle complex technical requirements.vCompanies want modern software development platforms that offer more security without slowing them down: 74% say it’s essential to get software releases out quickly while also mitigating risk, and 71% point to the importance of eliminating vulnerabilities and risks caused by human error in custom code.
At AgilePoint, we know that
- It is all about reducing complexity by addressing the core systems
- Codeless simplifies everything
- Codeless makes everything more stale and reliable
- Cdeless architectures mitigate security and modernisation pain points.
- Codeless enables super agility
- Minimising their reliance on code allows companies to grow and scale faster
The report finishes with three recommendations
- Prioritise adaptability.
- Adopt development platforms that are secure by default
- Adopt highly configurable development platforms
We could not agree more, and we have been proving this since 2003. Agilepoint is an adaptive enterprise process automation platform. Our philosophy is that all code creates future choke points and ultimately leads to system collapse.
That is why our platform is completely codeless. Allowing you to transform your business model by simplifying the processes that fundamentally underpin the applications you are running. Making your organisation faster, more resilient and fully adaptive.
On average, we save our clients $ 32 million or an ROI of over 400%. For more of our amazing result metrics, see https://www.agilepoint.com/total-economic-impact-agilepoint.