3 New Year’s resolutions for your company’s approach to software development

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Yes, I know. You’re finally going to lose that surplus 35 pounds in 2016. Me, too.

But let’s talk for a moment about some other New Year’s resolutions that are easily within your reach in the upcoming year. They won’t help you fit into those jeans you wore in college, but they will make your company more nimble, competitive and, ultimately, more profitable. Wouldn’t it be great if your enterprise could get software to market before the competition instead of lagging six or eight months? Wouldn’t it be even better if that software didn’t suck?

Let’s resolve, together, that we can make these three things happen in 2016. Say it with me:

1. We resolve to accelerate delivery by eliminating constraints in our development process. As we saw in the most recent voke research on the benefits of service virtualization, the approach shaves weeks to months off the time engineers spend waiting for access to the systems and information they need to do their jobs, such as datasets, user interfaces, applications and components. After adopting service virtualization, the average wait time was just one day. In many cases, it was only one hour. Less wait time means getting to market faster. And we all know that can translate into millions in additional revenue.

2. We resolve to improve the quality of our apps. This is one of the really big payoffs of adopting service virtualization. voke found huge benefits for participants in being able to create their own “live-like” environments for test and development. Defects no longer lingered for months undetected. They no longer affected downstream processes. In more than a third of cases, enterprises reported that the number of production defects went down at least 41 percent. Total defects plummeted at least as much, or more.

3. We resolve to leverage technology to reduce our costs. Forrester analyst Diego Lo Guidice wrote this about service virtualization two years ago: “Companies can easily realize financially quantifiable quick wins: shorter test times, increased productivity, and better production quality … More strategically, companies building and continuously delivering modern applications are increasingly interested in SVT adoption.” It just makes sense: If expensive developers can work simultaneously instead of sequentially, they spend a lot less time sitting around waiting. Read the Forrester Wave report and more of L0 Guidice’s analysis here.

Applications are essential to all our businesses today, yet time-to-market, development costs, and application quality remain significant challenges. The complexity and constraints inherent to composite application development continue to disrupt development efforts despite ever-increasing investment and focus.

This year, let’s resolve to doing something about it. Service virtualization techniques can make these ambitions reality, so do us all a favor and at least read a little more about it.

Now, about that spare tire hanging around your midsection. The only cure for that is to push away from the dinner table and dust off the treadmill in your garage. Sorry, pal.

Happy New Year, everybody!