Modern Application Architecture is Critical to Business Success
October 09, 2018

Adopting a modern application architecture is critical to business success and a significant driver of profit growth in today’s digital economy, according to the results of a global survey of IT and business executives released by CA Technologies and conducted by Frost & Sullivan.

The new report titled What Business Executives are Learning about Software Development and How it is Helping Achieve KPIs shows that companies that embrace modern application architectures – such as APIs, microservices and containers – in concert with modern development best practices like DevOps, DevSecOps and Agile are better able to continuously and quickly adapt and adjust software applications to changing market trends and customer needs. This, in turn, can positively impact their bottom line.

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“In conducting this study, what we found most intriguing was the focus among line of business leaders on software development and their willingness to engage budgets and detailed efforts in order to drive results,” said Alexander Michael, Director of Consulting at Frost & Sullivan. “Software sits at the heart of most digital transformation projects and businesses are finding it impossible to continue to employ monolithic, legacy applications and remain competitive in the marketplace.”

As more lines of business are impacted by digital transformation, the study reveals a shift as business executives across all geographies, industries and functions take an active role in software decision-making, development and acquisition. In fact, business executives say that three out of the four top challenges faced by their organizations are directly related to digital initiatives, and 84 percent say modernizing the way software and apps are developed and delivered is very important or crucial to the future success of their organization.

“In order to compete in today’s rapidly evolving market, organizations must center their thinking around how every line of business and IT contribute to achieving the company’s digital objectives,” said Ayman Sayed, President and Chief Product Officer at CA Technologies. “A modern application architecture is the foundation that, once in place, provides a platform for more flexible and agile software development, giving organizations the ability to plan and pivot to address customers’ changing business needs.”

Modern Application Architectures Present Benefits and Challenges

According to the study, eight out of ten executives feel that software provides critical support in helping them achieve their KPIs. Organizations participating in the study that were further along in their adoption of modern application architectures and development practices saw impressive benefits, including:

■ Eight times more likely to declare that applications are very good at supporting the achievement of KPIs than those who were relatively low in their adoption of modern application architectures.

■ Seven times more likely to say their apps are completely integrated when it comes to functionality, data sharing, authentication and security.

■ Six times more likely to say their apps are significantly better at delivering business insights than their competitors.

■ Experienced two times higher profit growth.

However, because these organizations are heavily reliant on business-critical applications, more than half of respondents (56 percent) claimed that software issues can negatively affect the achievement of KPIs. In fact, for 69 percent of all respondents, the pressure to release new applications or updates negatively affects quality and security. Furthermore, 67 percent felt that their organization sometimes trades off security for speed.

While APIs, microservices and containers enable faster delivery of applications to market, nine out of 10 of those respondents who claimed to widely utilize modern application architectures stated that it’s challenging to manage and monitor APIs, microservices and containers, and that APIs and microservices are adding new risks to organizations. To mitigate these challenges, businesses view their long-term success through strategic implementation of DevOps, Security and Agile development practices.

Four out of five respondents stated that agile practices are helping them build what customers really need, and in turn, are helping to improve customer satisfaction. Additionally, 80 percent of respondents see continuous application security testing and DevSecOps as critical components to the implementation of a modern application architecture.

“For all organizations, private or public, embracing modern application architectures is a means of remaining strategically, technologically and financially nimble in the digital economy. CA Technologies can help business executives lay the foundation for responsive and adaptive software to become a source of competitive advantage and a driver of success,” concluded Sayed.



Survey Methodology: The global online survey of 1087 IT and business executives was sponsored by CA Technologies and conducted across 11 countries by Frost & Sullivan in June and July 2018. The survey respondents consisted of top management personnel familiar with their organizations’ applications in large organizations (e.g., annual revenue of at least $1 billion in the case of US companies). Roughly 62 percent of the business executives who participated were C-level executives, vice presidents or directors.

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