The field of software development has undergone some major changes in recent years. Where once the focus was on stand-alone solutions requiring lengthy gaps between concept and deployment, vendors are now focusing more on creating user-friendly apps that can provide quick gains for their clients. The changes have been driven in large part by the explosive growth of cloud computing as well as advances in technology.
Four current trends have been identified that are expected to play major roles in enterprise software development over the next few years.
Increasingly, employees are performing their tasks from locations other than the central office. Mobile devices allow them to work from home, client sites, while travelling or from remote locations. The growth of companies with a bring-your-own-device policy has added another layer of complexity to the mobility challenge. Companies are realizing that employees are often more productive when they can use their preferred devices for both work and personal tasks, whether the device is one that the employee owns or one that is issued by the employer. The growth of mobile enterprise applications has already been substantial, and the increase is expected to increase even more.
"Good Technology" conducted a recent survey that revealed that approximately 28 percent of all business-related mobile apps are now custom apps. Historically, custom software was very expensive (in terms of both time and money). Few organizations had staff members with the time and skills to tackle such major projects. With the new tools offered for software development, including some new languages in which proficiency is easily acquired, more companies are finding that custom apps are no longer beyond their reach. Vendors can produce the apps quickly and economically, while larger organizations are discovering that they can often find staff members who can provide many of the simpler apps.
Employees are no longer tied to a specific device for all tasks. Instead, they are selecting different devices to use for specific tasks. Over the next few years, enterprise apps will increasingly accommodate this practice by permitting users to access software simultaneously from multiple devices.
Isolated software and siloed data is quickly disappearing and being replaced by apps that can integrate completely with other tools. The introduction of cloud computing provided a catalyst for this movement; placing all apps online allows them to "talk" to each other in a manner that was impossible when they resided on different servers. In response, vendors have been developing (and will continue to develop) application programming interfaces that make it easier to integrate apps with legacy systems and other online services or apps. Effective integration allows employees to use a central platform for all of their software-related needs.
These four trends are expected to play important parts in the how enterprise software is developed and implemented in the near future. Although enterprise software has lagged behind consumer applications in embracing technology trends, the gap is narrowing quickly.
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