Are developers held accountable for code quality?
New York – September 6, 2017 – CAST, a leader in software analysis and measurement, today announced the findings from its global developer survey, debunking common stereotypes about modern developers and their attitude towards code quality. The study reveals potential reasons for poor software quality that puts businesses at risk, including little accountability for bad code and little understanding of system architecture.
The report, which analyzed the responses of 500 developers across 4 countries, blows away the preconceptions of many who assume developers are most attracted by startups, are most productive at night and understand their code integrates with the system’s architecture.
Structurally sound software is a pillar of digital transformation strategies, and developers’ motivation to write quality code represents an important factor for organizations whose success depends on it, particularly early adopters in Financial Services and Retail. However, the report reveals the use of current quality standards leaves much to be desired. The study found:
“Despite the regularity of IT outages caused by software, our survey findings indicate developers are not being held accountable for application stability,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, SVP and Chief Scientist at CAST Research Labs. “One takeaway for IT managers is clear: elevate the importance of architectural and coding standards, and hold developers accountable for the quality of their code.”
A copy of the full report can be downloaded here.
CAST is the world leader in software analysis and measurement, with unique technology resulting from $150 million in R&D investment. CAST introduces fact-based transparency into application development, transforming software into Superware™ - resilient, responsive, safe and secure. More than 250 companies rely on CAST to prevent business disruption while reducing hard IT costs and software risk. Founded in 1990, CAST is listed on Euronext (CAS) with offices in North America, Europe, India and China.
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