Top 3 Reasons Why Manual Code Analysis is No Longer a Viable Option

Here are the top 3 reasons why manual analysis is no longer a viable option and has to make way for its automated counterpart.

The software industry rakes in billions of dollars annually around the globe. Almost every aspect of human life has been improved via the inclusion of computers and it is programmers and developers who create the necessary software to ensure that computers continue to be successfully integrated into human life. As a result, it is not surprising that software companies do so well financially. However, it is a very competitive industry and staying two steps ahead of the competition makes all the difference. Everyone wants a bigger slice of the profit pie and not even the most established companies can claim immunity against a loss in market share. We are at a point when all programs and software are closely scrutinized and even the smallest of faults in one program can lead to the ruin of a company. At a time like this, companies are adopting automated analysis systems to review program source codes. Here are the top 3 reasons why manual analysis is no longer a viable option and has to make way for its automated counterpart.

Slow turnaround times

Modern day programs pack in millions of lines of source code. It can take an awful long time for a human being to go through all the lines of code. In the software business, time is money and companies cannot afford to have slower turnaround times. Every second spent on reviewing source codes delays the launch of a program and hands the advantage over to its competitors. In contrast to the manual review system automated code analysis take very little time and allows companies to fast-track the code review process, without sacrificing quality.

Increasing backlog

Many a times, companies have had to scrap entire projects simply because the source code review process could not get underway in time. This is a very common issue in companies that depend upon manual source code analysis. Unless a review process is over, the team cannot move onto another project and since, the process is very time-consuming, there is a huge build-up of backlog. By contrast, automated code analysis systems can operate quickly and efficiently to clear up any backlogs. Unlike manual code reviewing systems, automated systems know exactly how long it will take to go through all the lines of codes and inspect them for errors.

Inability to stick to budget

Budgeting is a very important part of making profits and keeping a business afloat. Sadly, it seems that manual code analysis isn’t always too keen on sticking to budgets. As new problems are identified, more time is spent on research and rectifying the problems, which also costs more money. By contrast, an automated system is well-equipped to deal with troubleshooting. Whenever it comes across an error, the system can check its database instantly for a recommended fix and save hours of research work. It can also implement the fix much more quickly and efficiently.

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Author: Tom Rhoddings

Automated code analysis systems, both static and dynamic, are designed to ensure that source codes can be analysed quickly and efficiently, without breaking the bank. It is not surprising then that source code static analysis has almost completely replaced the archaic manual code review systems.

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