ORLANDO, Fla.–Progress Software predicts the end is nigh for the "Application Ice Age," as technology has now reached a tipping point and currently belongs to anyone and everyone.
Indeed, at its Progress Exchange 2014 conference here, Progress officials said the underlying technology behind everyday apps has become ubiquitous and as a result, everyone is becoming empowered by today’s affordable, high-powered devices.
Moreover, as enterprises look to build their business on top of this landscape, Progress predicts six major technology trends that will shape the year ahead.
“In 2015, organizations will face unique application development challenges," said John Goodson, chief product and technology officer at Progress Software, in a statement. "The face of IT is changing, with more business-line personnel contributing to development projects, which means seasoned IT professionals will be tasked with more migration and maintenance requests–from UI design to data integration to load testing. Both IT and business users will have a meaningful impact on application development, and they will work more closely together. The winners will choose the right tools and identify the most collaborative and efficient approach to delivering purpose-built applications that are easily consumed and provide the necessary integration and analytics to drive the business forward.”
The first Progress prediction is that citizen developers will unite and IT will respond. IT can’t keep up and it’s not their fault, Progress said. Businesses are demanding more and the consumerization of IT has raised user expectations.
The latest trend to address the issue is citizen developers or the bring-your-own-apps (BYOA) generation -- technically adept business users who understand the business and have enough technical experience to build apps or to effectively participate in the development process. IT will start responding to this trend and leading organizations will help promote this concept by enabling citizen developers to be more self-sufficient in building complex business applications without exacerbating shadow IT, Progress said.
The company's second prediction is that "Construction Begins on the Internet of Things Bridge."
Progress officials said organizations will start to deliver on the hype of Internet of things (IoT) across a wide array of industries. Initial steps will be taken to assimilate IoT processing into internal and customer facing applications, including increased use of IoT friendly languages like Node.js. While complete ROI success stories will be limited in the short term, organizations that don’t begin planning or modifying their development processes risk falling behind more forward-thinking competitors.
The third Progress prediction for 2015 is that developers will get a one-two punch with low-code environments plus agile development.
Indeed, Progress said that while organizations strive to leverage enterprise architecture concepts to best manage their application efforts, silos often exist between different development efforts. Even in today’s cloud-based world, organizations often commit to one-platform approach.
Moving forward, leading organizations will react to the diversity of applications and their mix of developer skill sets by leveraging a combination of development approaches that include both low-code (high-productivity) and agile (high-control). This will allow different skill sets to be applied in an effective and collaborative fashion without the constraints of a one-platform approach, Progress said.