Billions of dollars a year on bad code writing, reveals survey

It may seem exaggerated, but it has been estimated that many companies lose thousands of dollars and in the aggregate, a total of about 300 billion dollars a year, putting programmers to correct the code of others, or maintaining legacy systems of the past. These data come from a study/survey of the Company Stripes, who associated with Harris Poll, conducted work in more than 30 industries to see how businesses use the talents of the developers and what they might do differently. Attended by more than 1000 developers and over 1000 C-level executives, from the united States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Singapore.

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The survey was a mixture of facts and opinions, and found data that can be depressing, as half of the labour time of a developer is used for maintenance issues and to correct errors due to bad programming practices in addition to having to support legacy systems of the past. The situation was very serious in France, where the developers estimated 20.9 man-hours and 39.6 hours per week, that is being wasted in this way. The average was 42% but the majority (about two thirds), the developers, considered this excessive.

According to the survey, simply to have to fix bad code written is equivalent to 85 billion dollars around the world per year. The total of all of this problem can reach the 300 billion dollars each 365 days. Asking executives to C the reasons that limit the growth of their companies, they indicated that the 51% has to do with infrastructure in information technology legacy. And the frustration of running legacy systems is the 52% of the developers ‘ time. Interestingly in addition, it has to do with the personal moral and productivity, both making a dent in the programmers.

Also the survey asked about technology trends, where it is expected a large impact, according to officials of the companies, to the Artificial Intelligence. In second place was the IoT, where its impact appears to remain fixed, that is to say, without growing more.

On average, the survey found that executives are more optimistic than the developers and say they are ready to tackle the new trends, while developers are concerned about the lack of the appropriate technology and having employees with the required skills.

The moral of the survey is simple: “When software engineers work on what they care about, businesses thrive. When they don’t, slopes million.”

More information in The Developer’s Coefficient (pdf).

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