Optimizing Application Development Staffing Ratios

October, 2007


Application development is often the largest single job category in the IT organization. But what is the ideal staffing level for these systems analysts and programmer staff? This article provides benchmarks for applications development staffing based on the number of users, organization size, and industry sector. We also analyze application software development headcount as a percentage of the total IT staff headcount and investigate the impact of outsourcing on applications staffing levels. (5 pp., 9 figs.)
[Executive Summary]