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IBM: Developers Want More Automation

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IBM: Developers Want More Automation

According to the recently unveiled IBM Software Delivery Report 2023, young digital native companies want to scale their software delivery as fast as possible, so they can compete with traditional enterprises. To compete with the digital native companies, traditional enterprises want digital transformation as fast as possible.

Achieving both business goals depend on the company’s speed of delivering reliable and secure software. To increase their speed, software delivery teams must maximize automation and utilize emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence
(AI) and AI-powered automation to deliver improved efficiency in their software delivery.

The vast majority of those surveyed see the value in automation. With 38% of the responders indicating that they maximize that advantage. This indicates that there is an apparent gap between the perceived value of automation and the extent to which it is applied. Developers are clearly saying that they need to be able to adopt more automation to deliver better
software faster.

IBM’s Best Practice Advice

To deliver better software faster, software delivery needs to become leaner and more automated. This means
we must make software delivery integral to the business roadmap. Digital-first organizations approach adopting
software automation as a central part of the business strategy itself, not as an enabler of a strategy.

Remove manual steps from code integration and software deployment

While Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) are table stakes for most development teams, our experience is that most CI/CD involves scripting and manual work, especially for complex applications or applications that run on multiple platforms. An enterprise level automation tool for deployments is a foundation for efficiency in nearly all organizations.

Initiate test automation whenever possible

Testing should happen automatically whenever software is moved through the delivery lifecycle. Scan every
code commit for security vulnerabilities and the end-to-end quality with functional, integration, and performance
test automation. This is often the most complex set of automations to implement, but has the critical benefit of
lowering the risk of poor performance and quality in production, which have become intolerable to most end users.

Fix problems early

Start testing as early as possible, so fixes happen early when they are less expensive and less disruptive to the
delivery team. Fixing problems early also helps keep a release on schedule. Service virtualization can help with
early testing (shifting left) as it emulates services that may not yet be fully developed and/or available to test.

Assess the delivery experience of the whole team

Use Value Stream Management to locate further inefficiencies and bottlenecks. Assess the developer and delivery team experience, then use your baseline data to increase the level of automation to make delivery more efficient and create a better delivery experience for the whole team.

To download the full report, visit here.