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Survey Reveals Developers’ Views on ai in Software Development: Enthusiasm vs. Concerns

A recent survey by S&P Global Market Intelligence offers valuable insights into developers’ perspectives on the role of artificial intelligence (ai) in software development. The report, titled “ai in Software Development: Balancing Enthusiasm and Concerns,” draws on data from over 1,000 global senior technology executives, developers, and security and operations professionals.

A Complex Relationship: Enthusiasm for ai Adoption versus Data Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Security Concerns

The report reveals a complex relationship between developers’ enthusiasm for ai adoption and their concerns about data privacy, intellectual property, and security. Alexander Johnston, Research Analyst in the Data, ai & Analytics Channel at S&P Global Market Intelligence, notes that businesses are seeking platforms that can help them leverage ai while mitigating potential privacy and security risks.

Majority of Developers View ai as Essential for Competitiveness, but Concerns Persist

The survey found that 83 percent of respondents believe ai implementation is essential for staying competitive. However, a significant 79 percent expressed concerns about ai tools accessing sensitive information and intellectual property.

Productivity Gains versus Security Challenges

Developers see ai as a productivity booster, with 51 percent citing it as a primary benefit. However, security professionals are apprehensive that ai-generated code could create more work due to potential security vulnerabilities.

The Widening Gap between Developers and Security Professionals

Currently, only seven percent of developers’ time is spent on identifying and mitigating security vulnerabilities. This raises concerns about the growing disparity between developers and security professionals in an era dominated by ai.

Data Privacy and Intellectual Property Protection

The survey underscores the importance of data privacy and intellectual property protection when selecting ai tools. Ninety-five percent of senior technology executives prioritize these factors when choosing ai solutions.

Concerns about Security Vulnerabilities and Copyright Protection

Thirty-two percent of respondents admitted to being “very” or “extremely” concerned about introducing ai into the software development lifecycle. Within this group, 39 percent cited worries about ai-generated code introducing security vulnerabilities, and 48 percent expressed concerns that ai-generated code may not receive the same copyright protection as human-produced code.

Insufficient Training Resources and the Need for More Skills

Despite the promise of ai, there is a disconnect between organizations’ provision of training resources and practitioners’ satisfaction with them. Seventy-five percent of respondents stated that their organizations offer ai training and resources, but an equivalent proportion expressed the need to seek additional resources independently. Furthermore, 81 percent of respondents said they required more training to effectively use ai in their daily work, and 65 percent of those planning to use ai for software development reported that their organizations planned to hire new talent to manage implementation.

Addressing Cybersecurity and Privacy Concerns, Bridging the Skills Gap, and Collaboration

David DeSanto, Chief Product Officer at GitLab, emphasizes that successfully adopting ai requires addressing cybersecurity and privacy concerns, bridging the skills gap, and fostering collaboration between developers and security professionals.

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By Kevin Don

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