Peter Coffee, vice president of strategic research at Salesforce.com, said that the SDLC has drastically changed the nature of IT. “If you got into IT because you didn’t like dealing with people…” he joked during a panel discussion. The inference was that a great deal of SDLC management is, in fact, managing people, not code.

And like people, the SDLC itself is prone to change over time, said Lanowitz. “I think the really interesting thing with the SDLC is that it is a fluid and dynamic thing. Once you figure things, out the only thing that is certain is that things will change again. The only thing that’s certain to change is that there needs to be far more involvement with [the] line of business, regardless of your industry. You’re a software developer, and the industry is being driven by what you’re deploying and developing.”