Developers Can't Keep Up: The "App Delivery Chasm"


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App ChasmMendix delivered a report on the “App Delivery Chasm” that contains a number of stats and details that are interesting for developers. This chasm comes from the fact that IT organizations cannot keep up with the demands for business applications. In fact, 71% of surveyed IT Organizations said they couldn't keep up. As a result of this chasm, business projects are being delivered late three-fourths of the time. Equally bad, 76Z% of projects are reported to be over budget.

Among the details found by the research is that development teams simply lack the resources they need. 78% said they lacked the tools to enable developers to build the business apps. 74% of developers said they don't have the right tools readily available. Worse, 75% said they lack an integrated deployment environment. The lack of proper, integrated tools is causing developers to fall further behind in development.

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Agile has been a topic of discussion on Codeguru and other site. While many companies are using Agile, the Mendix research found just as many companies still using the older, waterfall method. The potentially related result is the late deliveries that are over budget. In fact, the report showed that turn around times were often measured in quarters more so than in months or weeks. Additionally, 22% of deliveries are still measured in years, versus only 6% that can be measured in weeks.

App Delivery TimingThe bottom line is that there is more work to do than developers can deliver, and it looks like this trend is only going to get worse. You can find Mendix's full research report at It contains a lot more details on how the chasm is getting wider.

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