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Follow These Best Practices to Manage Your Programming Language Investments

Published: 19 February 2018

ID: G00352528

Analyst(s): Mark Driver


Application leaders responsible for modernizing application development are challenged to effectively manage a growing portfolio of programming languages. The four best practices presented in this note can help them balance investment in leading-edge and proven technologies.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Evaluate and Reassess Language Investments Frequently Over Time
  • Balance New and Innovative With Mature and Stable
  • Carefully Manage The Differences Between Language Implementations and Versions
  • Align Language Investments With Packaged, Commercial Off-the-Shelf Solutions
  • Focus on Long-Term (Strategic) Language Portfolio Management Rather Than Short-Term, Tactical Trends

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