The Top Software Development Challenges for 2023
March 27, 2023

Jason Beres

Reveal's Software Development Challenges 2023 survey revealed that developer shortage remains a key challenge for the second year in a row.

According to one-third of the respondents (37.5%), the industry will continue to need help finding skilled developers in 2023.

The demand for tech talent just can't meet the supply of trained developers. The US Labor Department reports that software developers are among the top four most in-demand professions over the next 10 years. This demand has many implications for the software development industry, such as difficulty competing and innovating, higher costs, and lost revenue.

The survey also identified the top three technical jobs that will be hardest to fill in 2023. Engineers with DevOps skills (16.39%) are the most in demand, closely followed by Data Analytics Developers (16.27%), and IT Security Engineers (13.4%).

In today's tight job market, where demand for experienced employees outstrips supply, organizations must turn to new solutions that can address insufficient skills, solve problems and save money. The survey also found a growing need for innovations that can help meet the demand for building applications faster and with fewer resources.

The challenge of finding and recruiting the right tech talent is being solved by the use of low-code/no-code tools in three-quarters (76.8%) of organizations. Low-code/no-code tools are helping alleviate the demand for skilled developers by reducing the need for heavy hand-coding. This approach reduces the need for developers in areas such as UX flows, screen design, theming, and branding and can eliminate the need for manual HTML & CSS tweaking.

Key Software Development Challenges

The survey found that the most significant software development challenges in 2023 will be:

■ Inability to keep pace with innovation in developer tools (27.7%)

■ Difficulties with third-party integrations (26.7%)

■ Workload management (26.2%)

■ Security threats (26.1%)

■ Project management (26.1%)

■ Steep client expectations (26%)

Many of these challenges can be overcome with a digital workplace productivity tool. 

Three years after the pandemic's start, the remote way of working has already become the new normal way of working. Digital workplace productivity tools are an integral part of this transformation as they provide distributed teams with the tools to complete their work efficiently. These platforms, which integrate project and content management, chat, and even data analytics in one software, increase work productivity, communication, and results.

To address these challenges, business teams are planning to better utilize their resources in 2023 by:

■ Improving project management (30%)

■ Improving designer/developer collaboration (30%)

■ Using software that will work for citizen developers (27%)

■ Utilizing remote staff (25%)

■ Incorporating data catalog/analytics catalog (25%)

The Need of Embedded Analytics

The benefits of embedded analytics are no longer a secret. Data rules the business world today, so businesses that delay incorporating analytics tools can lose their competitive edge.

The survey found that 48% of developers embedded analytics into clients' apps in 2022, compared to 30.8% in 2021, and 74.9% of software developers expect their organization's focus on business intelligence to increase in 2023.

Developers identified the top four reasons to embed analytics:

■ To improve productivity

■ To increase sales/revenue

■ To understand business problems

■ To make better business decisions

Expansion Plans

The plans for growth in 2023 include adopting new technologies and applications (such as low-code/no-code tools, embedded analytics solutions, and/or a digital workplace platform) into the software developer's workflow.

35% of respondents also plan to expand into new markets, and 32.5% are planning on taking on new projects. Requests for proposals are also expected to rise in 2023.

Methodology: Over 2,000 software developers and IT professionals participated in the Infragistics' Reveal survey from December 2022 to January 2023.

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