Faced with the ever-increasing imperative on DevOps teams to quickly put applications into service, developers are under and withstand considerable pressure.
Businesses have faced challenges of all kinds since the onset of the health crisis, and developers were no exception. Of course, they had to make sure they could work remotely, but they were also faced with increased activity linked to the massive demand for online services caused by the lockdowns.
However, are leaders aware of the plight of developers and do they fully appreciate the importance of the contribution of these teams in accelerating the digital transformation undertaken by many organizations?
Support development teams
A recent study conducted by Couchbase with 450 IT managers, in France, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, to report on the extent of the challenges overcome by developers in terms of digital transformation, ensures that business leaders believe that the role played by the development teams over the past year is essential.
With many companies forced to roll out their originally planned five-year digital transformation plans, within a matter of months, 92% of those surveyed agree that developers have provided tremendous help.
As adapting to new ways of working and adjusting to the rapidly changing market have become the norm, it is no surprise that developers have been the real heroes of this achievement. It is clear that by being flexible in adjusting their goals when needed and in channeling their resources, they have been instrumental in crisis response efforts.
A growing sense of discontent
While developers play an essential role in companies’ digital transformation strategies, they are also under great pressure. They had to find a balance between an often trying daily role and the need to contribute to innovation, while being confronted with the switch to telework. Faced with the ever-increasing imperative on DevOps teams to quickly put applications into service, developers are under and withstand considerable pressure.
It’s no surprise, then, that when organizations were asked about the reasons for complaints from their developer teams, 49% indicated that developers had to multitask in a limited amount of time. After a year where responsiveness to unforeseen events has been the norm, it’s arguably inevitable and understandable that developer teams are behind on their current projects. However, this is a problem of management and resources, which must be remedied so that companies continue to operate.
The importance of setting specific goals
If organizations fail to maximize the potential of their developers, there is concern that progress will be slowed down and companies will find themselves left behind by their competitors. Interestingly, despite the importance of developer contribution to the smooth running of the business, 40% of respondents struggle to set clear and measurable goals for developer teams.
Obviously, equipping developer teams with the right technology tools is a priority for DevOps success, but making sure they clearly understand the long-term goals and strategy of the business is just as important. to ensure this success. Teams can then identify and solve the problems they face, and ensure that the skills and talents of developers are put to use in a way that pays off over time.
The path to follow
Solving these issues and reducing the pressure on developers requires equipping teams with the communications tools, guidance, and technology they need to get there. This means that they must be freed from the constraints linked to technological heritage which is sometimes not suited to their mission, and no longer expect them to adapt immediately to new technologies. By taking the time to communicate transparently with developers, by trying to accurately estimate their contribution to the company, by taking into account the obstacles that stand in their way, leaders will undoubtedly help teams to be more efficient and effective. more efficient.
This is all the more important as the value of developers to the business is undoubtedly on the rise. As proof, we have seen a 20% increase in their workforce in 2020. If CIOs can recognize and reward their vital work, it is imperative that they support them in the times to come, starting by communicating more effectively to ensure that they are working towards the same objectives, in collaboration with the IT team at large. The pressures associated with digital transformation will certainly not go away, but taking action like these will help ensure that the obstacles ahead are more surmountable.