IT Priorities 2022: Software Development

The TechTarget / Computer Weekly IT Priorities 2022 survey found that budgets are increasing. Among larger organizations, there is an increasing emphasis on the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). This offers companies a way to achieve a positive business outcome by developing a value chain through an ecosystem of partners and the strategic use of third-party services.

The survey of more than 265 IT decision makers found that while the pandemic has delayed or disrupted many projects, especially ‘on-premise’ projects, plans for 2022 indicate a recovery at or above levels of before the pandemic.

Only 9% of companies expect their budgets to decrease from 2021 levels, up from 38% during the pandemic; 46% say they plan to increase their IT budget by 5% or more; while 45% say their IT budget for 2022 has stayed about the same.

API approach

For large organizations that participated in the TechTarget / Computer Weekly IT Priorities 2022 survey, API management is at the top of the agenda for 2022. API management also shares the top spot with business process automation in terms of application integration initiatives for 2022.

Almost a quarter (24%) of IT decision makers make hybrid integration a top priority for 2022, suggesting that hybrid integration platforms are also gaining traction as IT environments become increasingly more complex.

Analyst Gartner recently predicted that full API lifecycle management technologies and practices enable any organization – regardless of size, region or industry – to accelerate growth. Some of the top companies offering API management tools include Google, IBM, Kong, Microsoft, and Mulesoft.

the latest from Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full API Lifecycle Management A report, released in September, found that the market for these products grew 24% in 2020, reaching $ 2.1 billion, despite a difficult year.

It’s no surprise that larger companies see an advantage in making APIs a top priority. In April 2021, Harvard business review published an article on the benefits for businesses of having a post-pandemic API strategy. Covid-19 has forced every business to reassess its priorities and digitize inefficient business processes.

Point-to-point integration between back-end IT systems is not evolving, meaning companies are held back when they want to do something new.

For example, Crown Agents Bank used API management, from MuleSoft, to achieve a level of agility that would have been impossible with its previous architecture, which was based on point-to-point integration. Describing the software she was using in her currency processing system, Osita Ngene, head of enterprise architect at Crown Agents Bank, said the bank uses the Oracle IF agent on Oracle Forms to retrieve transactions.

The bank has developed a wrapper around Oracle Forms to turn it into seven published web services. These are routed through MuleSoft’s API management to provide the APIs for the bank’s filtering software, which is used to reduce fraud. The new API-based approach has enabled the bank to increase the number of payments it can process from 1,500 per day to 50,000.

While packaged software applications – such as Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), low-code application platforms, and application security products – can provide capabilities to build and expose APIs, Gartner notes that these capabilities are often limited to enabling a specific set of APIs. and are not suitable for managing a full API strategy.

The TechTarget / Computer Weekly IT Priorities 2022 survey also found that nearly a fifth (20%) of IT decision makers say their organizations are leveraging automation to optimize business process workflows. One in six say they will be launching automation projects for the first time in the coming year.

When considering the top software development priorities, security and testing remains the highest priority for 2022 (39%). Obviously, poor software quality hampers an organization’s ability to deliver new business functionality quickly and consistently. As Computer Weekly previously reported, the number of successful software engineering teams is increasing, while the proportion of underperforming teams is decreasing.

According to software engineering mentor Junade Ali, organizations are using more metrics to measure the effectiveness of DevOps teams. But metrics aren’t the only consideration for IT managers. For software engineers to produce reliable software, Ali recommended that they create a software development environment that properly balances the competing forces of risk and reward.

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