Ponicode for Green IT & Sustainable Development

Ponicode is a code quality accelerating solution helping developers to ship significant volumes of high quality unit tests faster than ever before. Its nature as a shift-left friendly platform engraves in its core quality the support and acceleration of sustainable development.

If we were to refer to sustainable or green information technology to its most common definition, the minimal use of resources and energy in the manufacture, use and disposal of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) equipment then we can see how code quality and by extension any code quality tool is sustainable ICT friendly.

Creating a set of tests and processes to prevent defects and catch flaws early on in the software development life cycle leads to creating in a resource savvy approach more durability and higher maintainability monitored by metrics such as the Maintainability index defined by McCall.

Unit testing is recognized as the number one resource savvy defect prevention technique. It’s used to counterbalance the resource intensive thus wasteful approach of  defect detection orchestrated by quality assurance during and beyond the release process. 

Accelerated unit test generation along with the rest of the shift left approach enables optimizing the resource consumption at every step of the software development lifecycle.

Which resources Ponicode helps to save?

The generation of mass high quality unit tests organically reduces the need for rework, for bug fixing and for CI/CD quality control processes. 

On one hand, early and exhaustive bug and defect detection allows developers to remove resource consuming flaws such as infinite loops or data leaks.

On the other hand, all defect related tasks that unit testing helps remove are piling up to generate a significant amount of individual computer processing power and computational resources (rework and bug research both on the developer team and the QA team side). 

Amongst other benefits that make up for a greener process we can also name the reduction of back and forth between teams or task shifting and the computational consumption this involves. Last but not least, less builds, less tests on each of those remaining builds resulting in less minutes of CI consumed. 

Ponicode also enables to decrease the use of costly and energy consuming servers for integration platforms, testing platforms and/or pre-prod platforms. Or at least, for equivalent power consumed (pre-production platform won’t probably be switched off), additional value will be brought to the users of the services.

Having a direct impact over the creation of flawless code enables to reduce at every release the consumption of CPU at every step of the development and consequently generates a direct positive impact on your code quality strategy toward Green IT.

Sustainable IT through productivity

Within the definition of Sustainable IT, you will find the concept of prioritizing long term software development over short term solution and this involves a human resources dimension to it. As defined by Repenning and Sterman in their 2001 study, enabling IT teams to work smarter instead of working harder thanks to tools and sustainable processes supports the reduction of staff turnover, the increase of team morale (i.e. developer happiness at work) and consequently will create sustainable productivity and growing capability. 

Ponicode is rated as a developer happiness enabler and generates from 20% to 30% productivity gains through testing task acceleration.

Ponicode against manual testing

Even though Ponicode services and artificial intelligence create added ressources consumption, the customers outcome is significantly positive. 

Ponicode generates a tenth of resource consumption compared to manual labor. 

API calls and server consumption generated by Ponicode represent 2% of consumption resources generated by manual labor for the same amount of work. The computational resources engaged to deliver Ponicode solutions are less than proportional to its number of users and as the community of users grows the environmental cost of Ponicode is spread thinner between users for each test generated. 

For companies which do not unit test yet: the sustainability built thanks to high quality high maintenance code rewards the use of external services. 

For companies which use Ponicode services to accelerate an existing unit testing strategy: they benefit on top of increased sustainability up to 30% productivity gains and the computational savings associated with it.

Regularly producing software with the highest value possible to meet your short term goals while respecting your environmental commitments and laying the foundation for a sustainable future is possible thanks to code quality acceleration tools and processes such as the Ponicode platform.

Overall, Ponicode powered code quality will help you reduce your energy consumption in the long term and will organically reinforce your strategy to build sustainable software.

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