Sema is delighted to welcome Brendan Cody-Kenny as a founding member of our scientific team, and leader of our Ireland initiative. We asked Brendan to share a little bit more about himself and why he's so excited about Sema's mission.
Imagine a world in which your software development teams could double the time and energy they spend on creating new code. Double.
Think about how rapidly technology has advanced in the past few decades. And then consider—developers spend an average of 55% of their time on legacy software maintenance instead of creating new code. What could technologists accomplish if they could apply more of their brainpower to innovating and solving new problems instead?
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I still remember my first assignment on my first job. It was a four-month project to improve the performance of an application critical to providing workforce services to the state of North Dakota. The year was 1987 and the application was written in COBOL. Our team worked for four months on tens of thousands of lines of code and improved performance to more than the target. An achievement to be proud of, but all we did for four months was refactor code. We developed no new functionality.
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Any programmer can tell you that refactoring is huge headache, but despite thousands of hours collaborating with development teams, I used to spend little time thinking about technical debt.
As a long-time product leader – with more than 15 years serving over a dozen institutions working on countless products – I should have known better.
I am delighted to announce that Sema’s products are available in beta to help you fix old code. Take a look.
After years as a technology executive in the public and private sectors, I decided that the world needed a better way to tackle software maintenance. Software maintenance is too expensive, too uncertain, and just no fun. Maybe worst of all, these projects keep organizations from tackling the problems that they really needed to address and building future solutions.