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By Jodi J. Siewert / The Globe and MailA new survey has found that more than 70 per cent of Canadians are unhappy with their current software package.
The survey of 1,000 Canadians found that 43 per cent said they would rather have a new and better software package, while 36 per cent would prefer a different product with a new interface and 24 per cent are looking for a new approach to software development.
Among the more common complaints were that developers are still using legacy code from the 1990s and are not using best practices to make code more maintainable, while 25 per cent were unhappy with the current version of their software.
“We have a system of developers, which is really old,” said Mark Regehr, senior software developer at Red Hat.
“There’s no way for developers to update their software without breaking the existing infrastructure.”
The survey, by BlueVue Analytics, also found that 51 per cent have not yet tried a new tool in the past year.
The number of Canadians who said they have tried a tool in their lives was also higher than the number of people surveyed who have used the same tool in years past.
The number of respondents who were currently using a software package was similar to the number who were not.
“I’m a bit worried that we’re not getting the best software we could possibly use,” said Brian P. Smith, a software engineer at the University of Toronto.
“It’s kind of sad to see it happen.”
A report published last week by a group of leading developers and technology companies found that most of the software they tested was too complex for a broad audience of consumers, and that too many tools were not supported in all of the platforms that they test.
The report, released in June by the Canadian Institute for Innovation, found that a number of the most popular software packages, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader, were complex to use.
The study also found, however, that the majority of developers who had tried them did not find them to be a good fit for their teams.
“There’s a big disconnect between the developers who are using these tools and the developers that they’re teaching,” said Jodi SiewERT, senior research scientist at BlueVu.
“You’re not going to find them having the same kind of fun.
They’re not doing the kind of projects they should be doing.
The people who are teaching them aren’t teaching them the same software they should teach.”
In addition, there was also a lack of support for developers who wanted to take the time to learn new technologies.
“If you’re in a group where everyone has a very specific job that they want to do, and the problem is that you don’t know which tool to use, that can be quite frustrating,” said Regehhr.
“And I think a lot of the time, you’re kind of just throwing it out there, and people are not really looking at it,” said Smith.
“If we’re getting it wrong, it’s not because we’re just lazy,” said SiewER.
“We’re trying to make sure that we do the right thing.”
The number that said they were trying to learn a new technology has risen slightly in the last year.
In February, 36 per per cent reported trying to develop a new product or service, up from 30 per cent in 2015.
But the percentage of those who had done so rose to 43 per in the latest survey.
The majority of respondents said they had been in a software-based company in the previous year.
However, the survey also found a substantial increase in the number reporting that they had taken an employee leave in the preceding year.
Among employees, only 28 per cent took a leave in 2015 compared to 28 per share in 2014.
This means that, on average, there are two fewer employees reporting they have taken leave in a given year than there were in 2014, when there were 10 per cent fewer employees.
For some companies, the shift away from software is being driven by the increased popularity of cloud-based solutions.
The rise in the use of cloud computing platforms for all of their workforces has been driven by a trend known as “clouds for all.”
A number of companies, including the National Hockey League, Amazon and Netflix, have embraced this trend and are increasingly using this type of software to automate their workflows.
Some companies, however (such as Netflix) are moving away from cloud-like solutions entirely.
While Netflix said it was exploring a variety of options, it said that it was looking at using a combination of cloud and cloud-as-a-service to “build on the existing Netflix business model.”
While there have been no significant changes in the market share of these cloud-focused platforms, the number that have opted to use a traditional version of the cloud has increased in recent years.
According to a recent study by eMarketer, about two-thirds of the businesses that use a version of Microsoft Office
By Jodi J. Siewert / The Globe and MailA new survey has found that more than 70 per cent of…