An OutSystems sponsored InfoBrief Study reveals that 39 percent of Asia-Pacific IT leaders depend on visually guided development tools. The Asia/Pacific 2020 Software Survey: DevOps, DevSecOps, and the Future of Digital Innovation, conducted by leading market research and advisory firm IDC, delves into how organizations in Asia-Pacific can turn into digital innovation factories to thrive in today’s business environment.
The top three reasons for adoption of visual development tools were the belief that these tools are the future – the simplification of the developer experience, and the provision of a more intuitive developer experience. With more than half of Asia-Pacific decision-makers confident their organizations will rely on low-code platforms for at least a quarter of all planned projects, low-code tools are set to gain critical mass adoption in the upcoming year 2021.
“With the Asia-Pacific region now in rapid growth, the region is set to further expand into an increasingly formidable data powerhouse by 2024,” said Mark Weaser, Vice President, Asia Pacific, OutSystems. “It’s only natural for enterprises in our region to gravitate towards the dramatic benefits of using visual development tools for building cloud-native applications. OutSystems is privileged to be able to support the needs of businesses in the provision of low-code and cloud technology to help the region reach its full potential as a digital data powerhouse in the near future.”
With technology solutions fast outgrowing current IT capacity, Indian developers are always under pressure to deliver solutions at lightning speed. With low-code platform features, developers can handle the dynamics of software development much faster. For 28 percent of enterprise leaders in India, they list faster integration of customer feedback with software version releases as their primary business goal. They believe applications that are based on speech recognition and voice synthesis, as well as software that are based on blockchain and AI technology will dominate the future. 60 percent leaders agreed that serverless computing will be a mainstay in 2022 and beyond.
Close to 23 percent of Indian organizations plan to adopt visual development tools in the next 18 months. The main challenge faced in India however is far different from those of their neighbouring peers in the Asia-Pacific. Educating leaders about secure DevOps top the list, with 58 percent of organizations listing it as the top challenge faced, followed by having a secured DevOps process and making sure DevOps teams are multi-disciplinary at 56 percent and 53 percent respectively.
In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, IDC expects software development lifecycles will continue to shorten. It however cautions that enterprises should take care in integrating security into planning phases in order to stay ahead of the curve. Rising customer expectations can and should be met with innovative customer experiences to engender the creation of new markets and audiences. With hiring freezes, labour crunches and tightening regulations, companies are encouraged to start recruitment planning before the need to fill the post arrives. Building apps enables upskilling and continuous education, whereas letting business developers work side-by-side with IT helps address development shortfalls.