Among the specific investments being made by leaders, the study uncovered the following:
* Innovation is at the core of their success: almost half (49%) of the leaders have adopted DevOps methodologies and technologies to speed application delivery, versus only 6% of the laggards.
* Security is seen as a business enabler – not as a roadblock to growth: 47% of leaders are experiencing increased revenue from new services enabled by security. In fact, the study predicts that one-quarter of all IT spending will be devoted to security over the next three years.
* Leaders are embracing technology as a business enabler, deploying software to manage their IT investments more strategically and aligned with business goals.
* A key driver of success for leaders is the adoption of mobility as an enterprise-wide strategy, with clear evidence of increased customer satisfaction and faster time-to-market.
“There is clear evidence that enterprises of all sizes, in all markets, have to embrace the application economy and place software development and delivery at the centre of their business strategy,” says Gary Lawrence, MD of CA Southern Africa. “Business success is tied to application performance, and the ability of a business to drive growth is no longer just about the product or service they deliver, but increasingly about a complete software-driven experience.”
Additional findings of the study include:
* Enterprises responding to the rapid changes brought about by the accelerating application economy are bringing more software development back in-house (from 33% to 44%).
* 94% of line of business (LOB) executives are facing increased pressure to release applications more quickly to satisfy consumer demand, with 51% of businesses surveyed having released at least four customer-facing applications in the last year alone.
* Despite this rate of application delivery, only 15% of LOB executives are completely satisfied with IT’s speed in delivering new applications or services.
* As a result, 88% of enterprises surveyed are planning to adopt DevOps to increase application delivery.
Businesses face internal obstacles in addressing the application economy, with 25% of senior IT leaders surveyed saying that there was a lack of understanding of the impact and benefits of the application economy at the senior level. In addition, 25% said there was a lack of knowledge and skills and 24% said that there were cultural issues.