Top five trends for enterprise software development
January 19, 2012 —
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Developers will have to be aware of not only what types of devices end users are working on, but where they are working, or what distractions they may have and how the applications can help with these environments.
Plewes said the designer must understand the needs of the user in order to design a proper application. Desktop applications, he said, cannot be simply shifted to mobile apps; some features need to be removed, while others need to be added. Sign on should not be as complex as desktop versions, and security, in some instances, needs to be enhanced.
The amount of data people can consume has not changed, but the amount of data to be consumed has changed, Plewes said. Developers, he added, “need to figure out how to present information quickly so people can interpret it quickly in order to gain the insight necessary to make a business decision.”
Development teams will have specialized sectors, Plewes predicted, that handle different industries as the context and needs of each industry is becoming much different. Vertical industries are developing many more specialized needs that require developers to understand specific business problems in order to create solutions. He said it is similar to the specialization of developers who are experts in a particular language; so there will be trends for developers to be healthcare solution developers, educational developers or financial developers, for instance.
Ultimately, Plewes said it is the job of the developer to work with the entire team to determine what exactly the end user wants and needs. This, he said, will be accomplished by extensive communication between end users and developers, and by proper testing.