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Applications – Trends and predictions
Applications – Trends and predictions

With the advancements in new technologies, significant changes are being observed in the way enterprise application development has shaped and evolved. Fast paced digital transformation across industries is encouraging the emergence of newer tools and technologies each day. As reliant as businesses are on technology, organizations treading with the modern technologies would definitely have a competitive advantage. In the past, application development was focused on tailored solutions to retain customers, this year and beyond, the road will turn to improve responsiveness, synchronization with multiple devices and troubleshooting.

There is a certain level of uncertainty amongst application development professionals that oscillates the importance of maintaining operational standards and being inventive to be the customers’ preferences. 2015 was a year of big expectations from DevOps in terms of personalized applications, and taking the trend forward will be of even bigger expectations as customer outlook will incline towards the globalization of interfaces. The goal will be similar to previous years “better customer experience”, the difference this year will be the focus on developing applications that are global and are as per the modern technological, security and compliance standards. While the goals are similar, approaches are changing, here are a few predictions that will hit the trend spotlight this year.

1. A year of agility in applications
In the last few years, the popularity of enterprise applications has kicked in and has caught on fast. Easier as applications make it, enterprises are choosing applications to streamline processes and get things done in a better, more efficient manner. While this popularity is taking over gradually, service providers and their IT workforces will gear up to work towards providing seamless services to consumers. This year the scale to measure performance will be speed of delivery, deployment and user adaptability.

2. Cloud-centric applications will gain popularity
Boosted by the need for agility in application development, the enterprise application development zone is inclining towards automated operational solutions. With the introduction of the cloud, a vast opportunity for applications has come to light, additionally, the flexibility of being synchronized with multiple devices and accessibility ease encourages enterprises to choose cloud-centric applications. With this, flexibility and ease, cloud-centric applications will be the developers’ choice as well, as they will be able to address memory concerns readily while enabling cross functionality among user platforms.

3. Focus on security will be of utmost importance.
With increasing developments, there has been an incremental growth in cyber-crime. The concerns related to cyber-attacks are very grave. A recent report from Hewlett Packard specified that nearly 86 percent of web applications had issues involving authentication, access control, and confidentiality, which was a significant increase from the previous year’s 72 percent rate. This rising issue will result in enterprise application developers and users pay précised attention to security. Keeping in mind the criticality and value ability of information involved in applications and the fact that it is all cloud-centric, will lead to businesses taking security measures as a primary point of attention. In lieu of the aforesaid vendors will offer security-focused services.

4. SaaS will rule.
There has been a sudden change in the way enterprises use applications with the introduction of SaaS and cloud-based applications. SaaS being a vendor managed cycle has effectively resulted in a reduction of IT costs, while simultaneously ensuring availability of tailored services as per business requirements.

In continuance to last year, larger software players keep an eye out for smaller ready to use SaaS providers. The existing technology giants will continue to up their game by acquiring emerging SaaS vendors to promote and sell their services to existing customers. Enterprise application developers will continue to focus on lowering delivery costs by endorsing applications over Cloud. Customers will also take advantage of it to reinforce their organizational structure and emphasize on having a SaaS version of the application they purchase, even when the solution is delivered on premise.

5. Integrated services go mainstream.
Application development is a major task, however, monitoring is critical as well. What is more vital, is to leverage this monitoring for business advantage. To keep up with the competition, enterprises will spend valuable resources on monitoring and troubleshooting application loopholes. To reduce on cost and achieve better customer service standards, organizations will seek unified solutions that provide a consolidated platform to monitor, collect, segregate and analyze application data providing an advantage to cloud service providers.

6. Real-time reporting will become a necessity.
From fraud fighting to target marketing, insights will play a huge role towards the improvement of enterprise applications, business and customer experience. Taking the-sooner-the-better approach, organizations will use real-time data insights to enhance their application services and platforms. More value can be extracted, when problems are solved along the way with real-time monitoring and analysis of web-scale applications’ performance.

7. A year of attention on end users.
All technologies involved in the process of enterprise application development, deployment and cloud adoption will be evaluated on the basis of the experiences of the end users. How the end users receive it will decide how successful an enterprise application initiative is. From employees to individual consumers whoever are the end users will be the main feedback sponsors. Feedback of quality and concurring actions towards improvement will play an important role in gauging enterprise performance and, organizations focusing on this minutely will have a competitive advantage.

8. Hybrid apps will take a firm position
Hybrid applications are seeing a huge acceptance. With the rising inclination of users towards using enterprise applications via mobile devices, developers are now converging the idea of providing usability of all enterprise applications on mobile devices. Replacing native app development, cost-effective, more efficient and mobile friendly hybrid application will take the center stage.

9. Citizen Development will finally make up to the longstanding expectations.

With increasing IT development demand and limitations in the talent pool, delivery deadlines become slower and time-consuming. To keep up the pace with the competition, stakeholders are compelled towards the requirement of readily available agile services. This scenario has brought Citizen Development to light, a concept that enables non-technical users to be able to develop their own applications using a pre-approved, corporate accepted development platform. Decreasing dependency on IT teams, Citizen Development will result in boosting the business efficiency of enterprises.