The COVID-19 pandemic upended every global system, including digital research projects. Studies tracking digital systems development were thrown off track, and then were themselves disrupted by the impact of COVID and its swift pivot to embrace remote strategies.
Now, analyses looking back at then-existing trends, and forward at what is to come, reveal that pre-COVID challenges remain significant and have been exacerbated by the 2+ year interim. A leading concern for many organizations: they fell behind in their application development capacity through the COVID gap. They now must manage the resuscitation of a sizeable backlog of highly desirable IT apps and functions.
Growing Investments in App Development
Back in 2019, much of the global digital community was engaged in app development as organizations sought newer, faster, and more effective solutions to address corporate concerns. Then-emerging cloud technologies offered a multitude of options that were not available in on-prem resources, and leaders in all industries were eager to embed those solutions into their enterprise operations.
However, that high demand for app development also created a huge backlog of apps still waiting for attention. A 2019 study revealed that:
- 60% of IT professionals reported a backlog of app development projects, and
- 19% of those indicated their organization had at least ten such projects on the books but not in process.
- Further, 65% of survey respondents from larger companies (500+ employees) had ten or more apps on track for that calendar year, up from just 42% in 2018, and
- 15% of those large company execs cited more than 100 app development projects were on tap.
The survey also queried why those app development initiatives were off-course back then, and respondents were happy to share their experiences:
- A lack of key talent prohibited forward momentum. While two in three companies had added to their IT teams in 2018, only one in three had been able to retain those hires.
- Challenges in integrating apps with legacy technology were also barriers, especially in organizations where IT staff was responsible for maintaining in-house technical knowledge. When those professionals left the company, they also took with them that knowledge.
- Strategizing the timing of app development projects also posed concerns. While IT teams were able to program the various functions of their apps, budget and time constraints often interfered with the testing and quality assurance processes. Companies that released their software before all procedures had been exhausted experienced app failures, customer complaints, and business losses.
As 2019 transitioned into 2020 – and COVID – appeared on the horizon, the fate of many of those app development projects were forgotten as other digital interventions became more urgent.
2022 and Beyond
Fast forward to Spring 2022, and you’ll find the challenges posed by unfinished and unmanaged apps continue to plague the C-Suite. In many cases, the distributed workforce generated by COVID-19 forced the transition of many IT operations programming into lines of business and out of the IT office altogether, leaving many workers without the IT backup they need. More than half of the 190 corporate respondents to a 2021 report indicated that most of their departments were using between 40 and 60 different applications. Company-wide, that number swelled to over 200. Third-party apps were more widely used than those developed in-house, but those also came with more security and compliance risks than an on-prem solution.
Another survey revealed that data and enterprise security and compliance were the top concerns for many IT and C-Suite executives, who were commenting on their firm’s ‘IT sprawl.’ Distributed IT also distributes access, security features, and other data protection systems; when the IT department no longer has control over those apps, the opportunities for misuse and abuse of corporate data multiply.
Regain Control Over AppDev and ADM Operations
So what can today’s IT leaders do to regain control over corporate apps? To bring existing AppDev projects to completion? To consolidate corporate control over all company apps, regardless of where they’re deployed?
Datavail’s short answer: Hire our Sprint Team as a Service.
Datavail’s Sprint Team as a Service provides customers with the precisely right tools and talents to tackle their most complex AppDev and ADM problems.
- Each team member is hand-selected based on their knowledge and experience with project demands. If those demands change over the course of the project, the team’s membership can adjust accordingly.
- Clients can use more than one team if that makes sense for the project or the company. Two or three teams working in tandem can move through more work than just one while coordinating their efforts toward achieving a common goal. Customers get their app work done in a fraction of the time, and at a fraction of the cost it would take to do the work in-house.
- Datavail disburses its teams on an interval basis, too, and customers only pay for the services they consume.
Using the STaaS model, clients can move the AppDev budget from CAPEX to OPEX, reducing expensive maintenance costs.
Once the Sprint Team has done its work, Datavail’s ADM team can then step in to manage the corporate constellation of apps, too. As noted above, too many companies have lost track of all the apps used by their organization, which leaves them open to breaches, intrusions, and other risks.
Datavail’s Application Development and Management service professionals will help you track down, capture, and manage all the apps at work in your enterprise, which will reduce its risk level. They can also help you strategize your way to a more productive company by streamlining your app portfolio, tuning up your app performances, and filling in digital gaps.
Chances are that your organization still struggles with incomplete apps while trying to manage those that were so hastily adopted in 2020 and 2021. Datavail can help you make sense of your corporate app landscape, bring it current, and then harness it to achieve all of your enterprise potential. Call us today.
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