Top five trends for enterprise software development

Victoria Reitano
January 19, 2012 —  (Page 2 of 2)

Context awareness
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.

Data analytics
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.

Related Search Term(s): enterprise development, mobile

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01/23/2012 03:49:35 PM EST

Hi Victoria, Yes these things are going to be happening, which is a good thing. Moreover, I have seen them happen for quite a while now. Actually, we are doing this since the seventies. The core of this is the "understand the needs of the user" part. Should Pewles google for "know thy user", for example, he would be swamped by more than 2 million hits. In enterprise software the users are usually known, sometimes by their names. Their needs are also well known, and if not it is possible to address them in person, as opposed to public web apps where the user is mostly anonymous and the developers must create synthetic users named "personas". Or are we talking about different things when we say "enterprise software"? Regards, Juan Lanus

ArgentinaJuan Lanus

04/28/2012 12:35:43 PM EST

Enterprise software development is primarily about workflow efficiency while enforcing business rules. Only a few executives and maybe the sales force care about anything mobile. When I read an article like this it makes me shake my head. It's pie in the sky nonsense. If you look behind the curtains at SAP, Sage, Epicor, and the like you will see 10 - 20 year old technologies as the primary development environment. Apple is irrelevant in the Enterprise software world, and Microsoft is trying to be them, so the big Enterprise software developers are stuck in the mud waiting either for Microsoft to wake up and focus on their real needs or a new player to emerge.

United StatesRobert Morgan

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