Progress Predicts 2015 Breakthroughs for Citizen Developers, IoT, Node.js

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-10-07 Print this article Print
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The fourth Progress prediction is that Node.js will supercharge the adoption of JavaScript. JavaScript’s rapid growth will continue and will be buoyed by the success of Node.js on the server side, along with the power of MongoDB, the company said.

Another key driver will be the adoption of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions that enable Node.js developers to focus on developing applications instead of worrying about the deployment, scaling, management and monitoring of Node.js and MongoDB applications. This will parallel the rise of DevOps as it automates key processes and enables small development projects to take off while also providing the infrastructure for large, mission-critical applications, Progress said. One of the major indicators of this trend will be the release of Node.js 1.0.

With its belief in the emerging importance of Node.js, Progress in June acquired Modulus, provider of a PaaS for hosting, deploying, scaling and monitoring data-intensive, real-time applications using Node.js and MongoDB.

The Modulus Node.js and MongoDB cloud platform allows users to create real-time mobile, software-as-a-service (SaaS), social and big data apps that run across distributed devices and can seamlessly handle floods of data requests with built-in performance monitoring and analytics.

The fifth Progress Software prediction for 2015 is that the enterprise will start drinking from "data ponds." Progress said 2015 will bring the next step in the evolution of data usage. As an increasing number of data streams feed the so-called “data ponds,” the enterprise will take their newfound ability to integrate these data sources and start building business applications that transform the data into actionable insight. This will not only increase the value of that data but it will also incentivize businesses to ensure all of their business critical data is integrated and flowing into the same pond, Progress said.

And the sixth Progress prediction is that tech savvy consumers will travel in the retail HOV lane of the transaction superhighway. Progress officials said 2015 will be the year that tech-savvy consumers say goodbye to standing in long lines. The proliferation of online ordering and in-store pickup will continue but the trend will become more widespread as the user experience becomes more streamlined and reliable. Retailers will also start exploring the crossroads of the Internet of things and predictive analytics to enable “predictive selling,” the company said.

For example, the connected home will enable certain retailers to break down even more additional road blocks and offer consumers products they may have not realized they needed, such as milk or water filters. With an alert to the consumer's phone followed by home delivery, the only action needed from the consumer was to open the alert and press buy, the company said.


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