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Codebase Confusion? First, Do The Math

Posted by Sara Haynes on Jul 8, 2019 10:35:22 AM
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All businesses need effective tools. But when faced with breakneck growth, massive digital transformation, or simply keeping on top of dozens of projects, it can be hard to justify the cost and time to implement these tools -- even those that could boost the effectiveness of your software development efforts.

Sema’s Benefit Calculator is now live to help you crunch the numbers and address the challenge of adoption, because our solution turns big data into big opportunities.

You know your codebase, team and processes are more than the sum of their individual parts. But to truly understand the benefits of codebase maintenance and analysis, you need to start with some simple arithmetic.

You could use Excel, if Microsoft products are your thing; or you could simply sketch it out with pencil and paper – now is the perfect time to brainstorm this with your team in the sun, just ensure you have plenty of pencils and napkins. And sunscreen – always use sunscreen.

The point is to make a start on your journey with the top-level information you need to develop buy-in at all levels and ensure your company is headed in the right direction.

To help you take your first steps, we’re delighted to introduce the new Sema Benefit Calculator. We’ll walk you through a super simple three-step process that will give you a clear indication of the real, actual money you could save or generate from Sema’s services.

Questions, Questions

binary-3725327_960_720The first question we will ask is whether you have an in-house development team, and outsourced development team, or a combination of the two. This tells us about your third-party development costs and – given our extensive experience with a broad range of companies – allows us to assign it a financial figure, even if you have never considered or researched this in the past.

Next we’ll ask about the number of in-house developers with your company. This allows us to scale up our estimates accordingly – if Sema can deliver savings of three percent efficiency, that becomes a very tidy sum if you have a lot of developers.

We’ll also ask about acquisitions, your maintenance priorities and your team turnover. Once we have answers to all nine simple questions (that’s right, just nine), we can give you an estimate of your annual margin improvements.

Your mileage may vary – this is a strong conversation starter, not the immediate solution to your coding concerns. But here are a small selection of the benefits that can emerge from your codebase calculations.

  • Calculator_icon.svgReduce development team resources dedicated to maintenance: Projects are completed faster with fewer resources.
  • Increase overall development time: Less non-active time across the development team — more development happens if developers are not “on the bench” trying to figure out what they should work on next.
  • Reduce outsourced development costs: Ensuring third party efficiency — teams get much greater visibility into the effectiveness of the work of third party teams, and can better guide their efforts.
  • Reduce risk in refactoring a product: Risk of cost and timing impact — a large restructuring of a project (the refactoring) is made easier, faster and lower risk when there are tools to see the overall state of the code.
  • Support escalations: Decrease support costs due to improved code - benefits are derived from fewer support calls when the product works better
  • Happier customers: Keep customers coming back for more — when the product works better and customers renew or even increase their spend, your CFO will also be delighted.
  • Savings from improved employee retention: Everybody is happy — happier customers mean happier developers who are going to stay in place when they get to spend more time building new features, and spend less time fixing and untangling “spaghetti code”.
  • Increased sales: Influence your sales in real time — this comes from improved renewal rate and increased size of purchases from existing customers, as well as new sales. This also applies to new products; more innovation is possible when the company is not saddled with tech debt, which means they can build new products faster, and sell more sooner.
  •  Data-driven decision making: Because it is all about the data -- product and development teams can make more precise and accurate decisions about how to invest in the product, because the costs and trade-offs are quantified. This also helps product and development teams work with executive teams and boards of directors, who now have financial and operational data about software development. And what is more, they will receive it in a familiar format, similar to that seen generated by other teams such as sales, customer support, and finance. Greater transparency leads to greater confidence in making investments in your products.

    Ready to discover more about the benefits of a quality codebase? Click here to access the Sema Benefit Calculator and learn how your company can make a start on a profitable journey of digital transformation.

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