Early Formalization of AI-tools Usage in Software Engineering in Europe: Study of 2023

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Denis S. Pashchenko 1,*

1. Software engineering domain, Alicante, 03500, Spain

* Corresponding author.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijitcs.2023.06.03

Received: 3 Aug. 2023 / Revised: 15 Sep. 2023 / Accepted: 21 Oct. 2023 / Published: 8 Dec. 2023

Index Terms

AI, Software Development, Copilot, ChatGPT, AI-augmented Software Engineering


This scientific article presents the results of a study focused on the current practices and future prospects of AI-tools usage, specifically large language models (LLMs), in software development (SD) processes within European IT companies. The Pan-European study covers 35 SD teams from all regions of Europe and consists of three sections: the first section explores the current adoption of AI-tools in software production, the second section addresses common challenges in LLMs implementation, and the third section provides a forecast of the tech future in AI-tools development for SD.
The study reveals that AI-tools, particularly LLMs, have gained popularity and approbation in European IT companies for tasks related to software design and construction, coding, and software documentation. However, their usage for business and system analysis remains limited. Nevertheless, challenges such as resource constraints and organizational resistance are evident.
The article also highlights the potential of AI-tools in the software development process, such as automating routine operations, speeding up work processes, and enhancing software product excellence. Moreover, the research examines the transformation of IT paradigms driven by AI-tools, leading to changes in the skill sets of software developers. Although the impact of LLMs on the software development industry is perceived as modest, experts anticipate significant changes in the next 10 years, including AI-tools integration into advanced IDEs, software project management systems, and product management tools.
Ethical concerns about data ownership, information security and legal aspects of AI-tools usage are also discussed, with experts emphasizing the need for legal formalization and regulation in the AI domain. Overall, the study highlights the growing importance and potential of AI-tools in software development, as well as the need for careful consideration of challenges and ethical implications to fully leverage their benefits.

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Denis S. Pashchenko, "Early Formalization of AI-tools Usage in Software Engineering in Europe: Study of 2023", International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science(IJITCS), Vol.15, No.6, pp.29-36, 2023. DOI:10.5815/ijitcs.2023.06.03


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