In March 2018, OutSystems sent a survey to IT professionals from all over the world, and more than 3,500 from 116 countries responded. They answered questions on the priorities and challenges for application development and the strategies they are using to speed-up delivery—and whether these strategies are working. We analyzed their responses, and the result was our fifth annual State of Application Development report. You can download the full report here.

Take a sneak-peek at several of our key findings in this infographic.

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If you are “allergic” to infographics, you can scroll down to read six key findings.

Have We Got Big Low-Code News for You

Our research found that low-code is no longer just for innovators and early adopters. Forty-three percent of respondents said their organization was either already using a low-code platform or about to start using one. (By the way, we intentionally promoted the survey through third-party media to ensure we were not just polling OutSystems fans.)

Low-code has crossed the chasm, and the majority of IT leaders now have low-code on their radar. (For those of you not familiar with Geoffrey Moore's Technology Adoption Lifecycle, where have you been for the last 27 years?)

The upshot? Exciting and busy times lie ahead for market leaders like Outsystems.

In Even Bigger News, Low-Code Delivers

With a reasonably large sample size and a sizeable proportion using low-code, we couldn’t resist comparing the responses of those who use low-code with those of organizations who don’t. The results showed that the low-code users had several advantages over their counterparts. Take a look:

  • Happier with app dev speed. Low-code users were more likely to describe their organization as happy or somewhat happy with the speed of application development
  • Faster. Low-code users were more likely to deliver applications in four months or less
  • More Agile. Low-code users were more likely to score their agile maturity as level 3, 4, or 5
  • Better DevOps Maturity. Low-code users more likely to score their DevOps maturity as level 3, 4, or 5
  • Fewer Backlogs. Low-code users were more likely to say they have no app dev backlog.
  • Less Shadow IT. Low-code users were more likely to describe citizen development as tightly governed.

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So, What Else Is New?

Along with the good news (from our point of view) about low-code, there are some other key facts from the world of app dev in 2018:

  • Demand for application development is at an all-time high. The number of applications slated for delivery in 2018 is higher than ever, ranging from 10 to 25.
  • Excessive development time. For close to the majority of respondents, the average time to deliver a web or mobile application is five months or more.
  • Backlogs remain stubbornly high. App dev backlogs are not improving for almost a third of respondents.
  • Skilled developers are hard to hire. An overwhelming majority of respondents described app dev talent as scarce, with hiring taking longer and costing more.
  • Agile and DevOps practices are slow to mature. Most respondents said their organizations that have invested in agile tools and services in the past year. However, the average agile-maturity score was lackluster. And, of the organizations that have invested in DevOps tools and services during the past year, their maturity scores hovered in the lower ranges.
  • Customer-centricity is on the rise. Many organizations have invested in customer-centric practices in the past year, including customer journey mapping, design thinking, and lean UX. For the new apps slated for development in 2018, those that will be used directly by customers or business partners were identified as most important, out-scoring internal business applications.

Want to see the figures behind these facts? Download a copy of the full report, click here.