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The end of the “Application Ice Age”: Five major technology trends to look out for in 2015

Stephen McNulty, Managing Director (APJ), Progress | Nov. 11, 2014
Stephen McNulty, Managing Director (APJ) from Progress shares the outlook of global enterprises towards building effectiveness and relevance, and predicts five trends that is likely to impact the technology landscape next year.

In this age where there exists a growing confluence of tech-savy, mobile centric, socially networked workers, enterprises look at relevance and effectiveness to build their businesses on top of this landscape. Adoption of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) shows no sign of slowing down in Asia Pacific, thereby empowering business-line personnels today to run their own development projects while bypassing the IT department. Enterprises are beginning to realize the realities of the Internet of Things and how it is impacts the way organizations manage their IT environments.

As modernization of IT creates a unique set of application development challenges, Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) predicts five trends that will impact the technology landscape in 2015.

1.     Citizen Developers Unite, IT Responds. As mobile technology becomes more pervasive in the workplace environment, 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 Application' (BYOA) generation - technically adept business users that 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.

2.     Construction Begins on the Internet of Things Bridge. Organizations will start to deliver on the hype of 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.

3.     Developers Get a 1-2 Punch with Low-code + Agile. 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 skillsets to be applied in an effective and collaborative fashion without the constraints of a one platform approach.  

4.     The Enterprise will Start Drinking from "Data Ponds." Issues with disparate data sources should be solved by now. 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.


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