The Rise of AI and Embedded Analytics: A Transformative Era in Software Development
May 01, 2024

Jason Beres
Infragistics

Reveal's annual survey of software developers identified a surging interest in two tools that are reshaping software development — Artificial Intelligence (AI) and embedded analytics. It's hardly surprising that AI technology has emerged as a dominant force, since it has already begun to revolutionize various domains, such as text and image generation, research, and learning. However, these uses are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of AI's potential impact.

Another cutting-edge technology, embedded analytics, has consistently demonstrated its value, prompting an increasing number of organizations to leverage its capabilities to remain competitive and facilitate data-driven decision-making. The survey found that almost three-quarters (73.2%) of software developers currently incorporate embedded analytics into their apps and 71.6% expect their organization's focus on business intelligence to expand in 2024.

The rise in AI integration and embedded analytics adoption signals a transformative era for software developers. Embracing AI holds the promise to enhance productivity and help resolve the developer shortage. However, it comes with risks, including security and privacy concerns.

The Future of AI

Four in ten developers (40.7%) indicated that incorporating AI into the development process will be their biggest software development challenge in 2024. According to the survey, the top reasons software developers are using generative AI in building software today are:

■ Increase developer productivity (49%)

■ Eliminate repetitive tasks (38.4%)

■ Speed up development time (35.9%)

■ Cut down on errors (32.1%)


Although AI has tremendous benefits, software developers still have concerns about integrating it into their workflows. Some say AI lacks the creativity and innovation of human developers, while others worry that code developed with AI may contain errors, bugs, or inefficiencies, and security vulnerabilities. There is also the concern that AI might make the developer's role obsolete.

However, despite these concerns, nearly half of the survey respondents (49.2%) plan to implement AI tools in 2024, compared to 27% in 2023.

There's no shortcut to implementing AI into your business. Because it is more than just another platform in your tech stack, AI requires an organizational shift. Some of the necessary shifts include centralizing your company's data, reskilling your team members, and ensuring they are comfortable with AI.

Here are some ways to prepare your organization and employees for the future of AI:

■ Invest in training and education: Provide training to improve employees' skills in using relevant AI tools and technologies.

■ Provide resources and support: Equip your employees with the necessary resources and support systems to experiment and learn how to utilize AI in their workflows effectively.

■ Create an AI-centric culture: Foster a culture that embraces AI innovation and encourages experimentation with new technologies.

■ Centralize your company's data: Establish a centralized data catalog and implement robust data governance practices to ensure data accessibility and quality.

■ Implement effective change management strategies: Start small and take it step by step to facilitate a smooth transition in which everyone is happy and comfortable.

Embedded Analytics Adoption

Organizations are constantly looking for the best ways to extract more value from their data and improve their business decision-making, a quest that has led to the rise of embedded analytics.

The survey found that almost three-quarters of software developers (73.2%) currently incorporate embedded analytics into their apps, and 71.6% expect their organization's focus on business intelligence to increase in 2024.

The top reasons software developers are integrating embedded analytics/business intelligence tools are to make better business decisions, improve productivity, and increase sales/revenue, the survey found.

When it comes to challenges, however, organizations may encounter obstacles such as integration complexity, data security concerns, and the need for specialized expertise in implementing and managing embedded analytics solutions.

To address these challenges, organizations should prioritize thorough planning and strategic deployment of embedded analytics. Choosing the right vendor can be challenging. To ensure a seamless fit, start by defining your objectives, identifying your audience, defining the scope of your deployment, identifying the data sources that will be connected to the BI solution, and determining your budget. This will help you determine which vendors meet your needs.

Software Development in 2024 and Beyond

The survey also identified software developers' biggest pain points, challenges, and areas for growth. The survey found that the biggest software development challenge in 2024 is the integration of AI. Other challenges include surging security threats (34% in 2024 vs. 26.1% in 2023), high workload (29.6% in 2024 vs. 24% in 2023) and increased customer demands (29.2% in 2024 vs. 26% in 2023).


The survey found that the biggest business challenge will be working with limited resources (40.9%), surpassing the primary concern of the past two years — recruiting developers with the right skills — which now takes second place, indicated by 34% of respondents.

Conclusion

Software development continues to evolve, presenting both challenges and opportunities for developers and their organizations. As you navigate transformative digital trends, it is evident that preparation is the key to success.

To fully embrace the opportunities that AI and embedded analytics present, a proactive approach involving both technology and organizational readiness is required. By prioritizing the necessary preparation, your organization becomes better positioned for a smooth transition within the changing landscape of software development.

Jason Beres is SVP of Developer Tools at Infragistics, and creator of Indigo.Design
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