The annual Software Development Infrastructure survey from Sonatype has identified two important issues affecting corporate software development organizations.
First, the survey finds that while open source development infrastructure is widely adopted, integration issues limit developer productivity and team efficiency. Second, though open source components are also widely used as building blocks for software development, corporations have only limited control over how they are selected or utilized.
The study was based on a survey conducted on more than 1,600 software developers, architects, and managers across all industries, company sizes, and geographic regions, officials at Sonatype said.
Open source development infrastructure is rapidly becoming the standard, with 83 percent of respondents stating that tools such as Maven, Maven Central, Nexus, Hudson and Eclipse are widely used in their environments. While open source infrastructure helps improve productivity and reduce costs, lack of tool integration is affecting developers’ progress.
Nearly 50 percent of survey participants indicated they have already standardized on open source tooling, and an additional 27 percent said open source infrastructure is widely used, but has not become a corporate standard. More than half (56 percent) said lack of integration between tools is their biggest complaint with their development infrastructure, while an additional 25 percent said their tools are not well integrated with the Eclipse IDE.
While open source infrastructure has become widespread among organizations, 87 percent of organizations exert little control over the use of open source components.
With most of the large enterprises downloading more than 100,000 open source components each month, they have become critical building blocks in software development initiatives.
However, corporations lack visibility into component selection, deployment, standardization and change management, according to the survey.
To make this fact obvious, 87 percent of survey respondents said they are not subject to corporate governance of the software artifacts they use, while 42 percent said they have no corporate standards. More than 45 percent of the survey participants said they have standards, but they are not enforced.
Underlining the fact that there is no best practice in open source infrastructure and tools, 35 percent of the participants said they ‘search the Web’ and 23 percent said they ‘rely on the advice of colleagues’ to find appropriate artifacts.
Developers do not have a simple way to identify the most common problems, for example, if a component that is in use has changed in an important way, such as a new version release, or the discovery of a security flaw or defect. Most report that they either have ‘no easy way’ to learn of changes or that they find out via ‘Web sources.
“Our survey results confirm what we’ve been hearing from our customers for some time,” said Charles Gold, Chief Marketing Officer at Sonatype, in a statement. “Enterprise adoption is there, in fact, it’s huge. The real issue is how to maximize productivity and reuse without incurring unnecessary risk. This is our focus at Sonatype.”
Back in December Sonatype announced the launch of Sonatype Professional that integrates and enhances the most widely used Java development infrastructure including: Maven, Nexus, Hudson, m2eclipse, and Maven Central.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein