Recruiting developers with the right skills remains the biggest challenge for 2023, according to a new Reveal survey of 2,228 software developers and IT professionals published by Infragistics, Developer reports.

More than a third of respondents (37.5%) said they will continue to have trouble finding qualified developers in 2023, with DevOps Engineer, Data Analytics Developer and IT Security Engineer identified as the most difficult jobs to fill.

Although nearly all developers (88.8%) work with a designer or team of designers, almost half of a developer’s time (43.4%) is spent on application programming, the survey found. The lack of skilled developers is addressed by using tools with little or no programming in three-quarters (76.8%) of organizations.

“The industry continues to face difficulty filling positions for skilled software developers as we race to digitize the business world. Organizations are turning to new solutions, such as low-code/no-code tools that require little or no upfront manual coding, to address skills gaps, solve problems and save money.”

states Casey McGuigan, product manager for Reveal and Slingshot at Infragistics.

Other key issues in 2023 are communication and collaboration difficulties in remote and hybrid teams. Now that many organizations have moved to remote/hybrid teams and reduced their physical presence, with only 18.6% of software developers and IT professionals working entirely on-site, difficulties arise in communicating and collaborating with team members in the new digital environment.

“The remote/hybrid workplace has resulted in a myriad of issues as software developers installed new online collaboration tools and sought ways to improve productivity,”

explained McGuigan.

“This is where all-in-one digital workplace tools benefit organisations by eliminating time consuming app switching, incorporating project and task management, content management, collaboration, data analytics, and data catalogue capabilities, allowing teams to manage workloads more intelligently, stay on top of deadlines, and make smarter business decisions that are backed up by hard facts”,

he continued.

The Reveal survey found that software developers plan to make better use of their resources in 2023 by improving project management (30%), improving collaboration between designers and developers (30%), using software that will work for citizen developers (27%), using remote staff (25%), and incorporating a data/analytics catalog (25%).

Other major challenges in 2023 will be the inability to keep up with innovations in developer tools (27.7%), difficulties with third-party integration (26.70%), difficulties in workload management (26.2%), security threats (26.10%), project management (26.10%), and customer expectations that are too high (26%).

“Embedded analytics help end users uncover insights without the help of data analytics experts,”

said McGuigan.

“More and more organizations will be embracing embedded analytics tools in 2023 because they are the key to improving productivity, increasing sales/revenue, understanding business problems and making better business decisions”,

he continued.

The data shows that there is a slight decrease in revenue growth, with only 18.8% of respondents reporting an increase in revenue in 2022 compared to 25% in 2021. The percentage of developers taking on new projects has dropped slightly in 2022, with 33.3% reporting new ventures, compared to 36.22% in 2021. Only a quarter (25%) have expanded into new markets, down 8% from the previous year. Requests for proposals also declined in 2022, down 12% from 2021.

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