About This Constellation ShortList™

2023 was the year where AI was changing all aspects of software, one key focus area has been code generation and with that developers have been affected on how to write, review and organize code. With the progress in 2023, we have seen a major step forward towards ASO (see below), with more to come in 2024.

As a result “developer velocity” is up in 2023, and more will happen in 2024 with more tools tools and techniques utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to increase developer productivity.

These new, emerging capabilities are vital to making developers more productive and are evolving quickly—from early starts of code line completion over larger constructs on code review, to code asset discovery, all the way to complete code completion. As such, these innovations are a key step for enterprises to move to automated software operations (ASO), which includes ultimately the autonomous creation of software by software.

For more on the concept of ASO, see: Holger Mueller, “The Future of DevOps Is Automated Software Operations,” Constellation Research, June 21, 2019. https://www.constellationr.com/research/ future-devops-automated-software-operations

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • The ability to generate working code
  • More than five AI/ML-powered code productivity capabilities
  • A roadmap of how AI/ML will improve the developer experience
  • Tangible results and examples of how these features increase developer velocity
  • Support of popular code languages
  • Easy uptake and education on new features
  • Over 75K developers using the new AI capabilities
  • Over 150K developers have access to the AI capabilities

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 30 solutions categorized in this market. The Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.


Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList is updated at least once per year. Updates may occur after six months if deemed necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients can work with the analyst and the research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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