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Codeci gets $15M to improve code reviews with automation • Technology Flow

Code review is a key step in the software development process — when people check a program by viewing and reading parts of the source code. But despite its importance, not all developers are happy with the way traditional code reviews work. For example, a Microsoft study found that the results of code reviews often do not match motivations due to unrealistic expectations or insufficient developer resources.

With a mission to make code reviews better, Jaime George co-founded Codeci, a provider of information on code quality, security, compliance, and performance. After launching a new product designed to measure engineering performance metrics, Lisbon-based Codacy has closed a $15 million Series B funding round led by Bright Pixel Capital, the corporate VC of Soane Group, one of Portugal’s largest employers.

To date, Codeci has raised $28 million.

“For every company to be competitive in a software-led world, companies must balance quality with speed of delivery,” George told Technology Flow in an email interview. “The industry’s adoption of remote work has thrown companies into disarray, creating tension between engineers who crave flexibility and freedom and managers who are held accountable for results. Many companies have mistaken monitoring as a fix, which erodes long-term culture and prevents them from hiring and retaining the best possible talent.

George did a master’s thesis focused on spotting duplicate code, which sparked his interest in the code review business. He teamed up with Kodasi’s other co-founder Joao Coxaria to launch the startup in 2012.

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Since Codeci’s founding ten years ago, the code review market has grown significantly, with companies like SonarSource and DeepCode — whose platforms scan codebases for bugs — raising hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital. Even powerhouses like Amazon have thrown their hats into the ring (see: Codeguru).

But George argues that the scale of the Codacy platform speaks to its success. Over the past 12 months, the platform has identified more than 20 million vulnerabilities, and George claims that developers have reduced the time spent on quality reviews by up to 60%.

We’ll have to take his word for it — such figures are difficult to independently confirm. But so what There is What can be confirmed is that Codeci sees a strong business opportunity beyond code reviews in the area of ​​engineering performance monitoring. That’s the focus of Pulse, the company’s second product, which aims to measure things like software deployment frequency, lead time for changes to code and other aspects of software development that correlate with “business impact.”

“Pulse collects metrics that enable teams to understand performance without compromising a healthy culture,” says George. “We’ve seen firsthand the struggles of maintaining a healthy performance culture over remote work among our customers. Pulse aims to assist in this process.

Certainly not every developer is up to the idea of ​​scrutinizing their work. On the other hand, managers do not see the benefit of quantifying, or at least attempting to quantify, individual contributions to projects.

George said that Codeci “typically” deletes customer data, including performance metrics, that are “no longer necessary to perform normal operations.” [the company’s] product[s].”

“We’ve found over time … leadership cares about the metrics that are closest to the big business results. In other words, leadership cares for the forest and not the trees. That’s why we created Pulse: to provide meaningful, aggregated metrics that leadership cares about,” says George, emphasizing that Pulse is not offensive in nature. “This way, they follow what their colleagues in other departments are already doing by measuring performance without compromising their engineering culture.”

With a customer base of around 870 brands, including Panasonic and Delivery Hero, and a user base of over 300,000 developers, Codeci seems to be doing something right. George said the funding will go mostly into product R&D, including adding new capabilities to Codeci’s existing services, bringing new services to market and hiring senior talent in the company’s engineering, support and success teams, as well as sales and marketing. (Codacy’s headcount today stands at 100 employees.)

“The broader slowdown in technology is beneficial to us as companies hope to automate processes while keeping quality tight and understanding their engineering performance. Despite the frequency of layoffs in the industry, we have seen many of our customers actually expand their use of our product suite,” George continued. “We’re really bullish on the timeless, dependent nature of software development. It does not rely on wheels and its momentum is built on the back of the worldwide digital transformation. Now is the time to be greedy about the fact that every company wants to be software-led.

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