This week, the Application Developers Alliance released its first in a series of monthly research products. “Investment in Enterprise Developers is the Best Risk Management System,” surveying more than 100 enterprise developers to learn who they are, the support they receive from their employers, and the impact of that support on their organizations.

Companies don't understand their enterprise developers

Organizations large and small across all sectors face the challenge of balancing their business traditions with the emerging trend of hiring developers to create applications (software, mobile apps, and web apps) in-house. As the tip-of-the-spear for the new ways companies develop and sell products and interact with their customers, these “enterprise developers” are often asked to build an innovative future for companies that don’t fully understand them – or provide them the tools and resources developers need to succeed.


The results are eye-opening: only 45 percent of enterprise developers say their company has a “high” priority on security. As a result, less than half of enterprise developers say their companies embrace “security by design,” where security protocols are implemented from the outset of a project.


CompeTence, security and risk

Additional key takeaways from the report include:

  • tracking core competencies: Only 50 percent of enterprise developers say that core competencies and the skillsets necessary for them to succeed are documented and discussed by their employers, and only 26 perent integrate them in the developers’ evaluation process.
  • building securely: Only 64 percent of enterprise developers say that they are adequately trained to build software securely for their company. This number drops to only 59 percent at smaller firms. Companies that have dedicated Center of Excellence (CoE) are much more likely to be confident in their security.
  • managing risk: Over 70 percent of enterprise developers that work at a firm with a CoE say security is a high priority. By comparison, only 28 percent at firms without a CoE say security is a high priority and 17 percent rate their company as having a low priority.


Do you understand your enterprise developers?

Enterprise developers are frequently misunderstood and underserved, even by the companies that employ them. Many companies lack the awareness, education, resources, or will to invest in the necessary support for their developers (current or future), including continuing education or the integration of core competencies in evaluation of developers. At the same time, inadequate prioritization of security creates real risk, particularly in smaller companies.

Fortunately, there are reasons for optimism. Many companies do recognize investment in their developers is the greatest risk management system they could possibly implement. The prioritization of tools and resources for their developer workforce, whether in the form of formalized Centers of Excellence or a general commitment to professional development within a company, is an indicator of future opportunities that goes beyond simply reflecting past challenges.

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Stephen Spiker

Stephen Spiker is the Director of Research & Insights for the Application Developers Alliance, overseeing the development, strategic application, and day-to-day operations of research products and member inquiries, and working closely with the membership, communications, events, and policy teams to use research to further the Alliance's goals. Before joining the Alliance, Spiker spent five years conducting public affairs research in Washington D.C., including for Mercury Public Affairs and KRC Research. He began his career working in politics, working on state and local campaigns in Virginia, working at two top political polling firms for the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, and serving as chief of staff for a Virginia state legislator in Richmond. Spiker earned a bachelor's degree in Government & International Politics from George Mason University.

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