It’s obvious COVID–19 accelerated digital reliance for many companies. And it’s no surprise that, according to a recent study, 89% of tech leaders believe digital experiences are critical to addressing new COVID–19 challenges. In this race toward 100% digital business, agile innovation is the new elixir of life — without it, a company may face an early retirement.

Kong just released their 2021 Digital Innovation Benchmark, which summarizes the tech priorities of 400 IT leaders. The findings stress the importance of rapid digital innovation, open source, microservices architectures, and high quality practices for scaling today’s application ecosystems. Here are the key points technology leaders need to know to remain competitive.