Over the years Enterprise Application Development has become more and more agile, where companies today are working comprehensively to device better applications that can suffice their personal needs as well as help them deliver best solutions to their customers.
So, What is Enterprise Application Development all about?
Enterprise software also referred to as Enterprise Application Software (EAS), is a collection of computer programs with common business applications commonly used to satisfy the needs of an entire organization as opposed to any individual users. These are designed in a manner that’s unique to a particular organisation that includes large or small scale businesses, schools, interest-based user groups, clubs, charities, and governments. The software designed is intended to deliver to an enterprise-level problem aiming to improve the productivity and efficiency of an organisation.
In past, large scale companies have been building in-house IT infrastructure to build and maintain their enterprises that were rigid and mostly one way functional. This involves them to spend dollars on their IT budget and hours on developing and maintaining their processes that were rigid and kept their individual steps within the software development life cycle less open to customisation and rapid iteration. But today, a lot of this has changed. With the latest advancement in technology, companies have received a lot more flexibility and control over their processes and continues to change in the coming years.
Let’s take a closer look at what an Enterprise’s application development will look in the coming years to come with these top five major trends, all set to move the IT industry in 2021.
1. Mixed Reality
As per the latest studies, mixed reality has a huge potential in enterprise application developments. Mixed reality is a platform where the virtual and the real come together to produce new environments and virtualisation. It’s the platform where the real and imaginary coexist in real-time and create immersive experiences for its users.
Broadly mixed reality will have its impact in three main areas on the enterprises:
People First Applications
Many applications that we use today, were created to display data or information from a centralized location by one user. When enterprises expanded and more users had faster access to company data from different locations. This impacted the way people thought about working especially in terms of mobility and hands-free work. Mixed reality is the next step to this. updates will be made in such a way that the software and hardware will work together to display extremely context-relevant information in a physical space to users.
Virtual Coworking Spaces
Mixed Reality will be used for better networking between team members on a shared virtual world, overlaying the physical. Teams can collaboratively work together on virtual objects and make the items interact with each other and the real space. This has only been made possible by real-time mapping and image recognition. These features can be used by specific departments like sales officials while making a sales pitch to its prospects or it can be used by management in trainings while giving demos on creating prototypes of the products that are to be manufactured in factories.
Companies have been facing issues in fixing errors or offering technical support to employees working in remote locations. Management is forced to send experts to distant locations in case of high demand issues which is both expensive and time-consuming. Mixed reality has come to rescue here with hands-free methods to have access to best market experts quickly and inexpensively. This makes your experts more readily available to your on spot demands and reduces cost.
2. Human Augmentations
Human Augmentation, also referred to as Human 2.0, is a set of technologies built into the human body and external tools such as an exoskeleton and techniques that can be applied to duplicate, complement, and empower people to dramatically improve their lives. Today, new technologies are being developed and implemented into the organisation systems to restore some of the human senses, such as sight or hearing. Also, developments have been made by a lot of companies in creating technologies that help increase human strength or intelligence. Though they are still at the conceptual level, the methods they use are sure to increase human abilities in the long run.
Parallelly, few already developed technologies like the AR/VR enabled visualisations and sensory augmentations are set to take the center stage. Therefore, the demand for innovation professionals and developers having expertise in these innovations is set to increase in the coming years.
3. Virtual Private Cloud as-a-Service
The biggest challenge enterprises face with managed cloud services is the risk of data leakage. As the platform enables multi-tenancy that helps cut costs in one end, it increases the possibility of security breaches for companies on the other. As a solution to this, companies have come up with the concept of hybrid cloud environments. These clouds are a combination of public and private cloud providing features of great storage and configurable pools of shared resources that are on-premise to the enterprise.
To know more about the various cloud services available for your businesses, read our blog on Cloud service models SaaS, IaaS, PaaS – choose the right one for your business.
The Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is another more prominent option that has emerged as a possible solution to delivering data security and performance challenges faced by enterprises. VPCs are isolated environments created within a public cloud service, i.e. a private cloud within a public cloud without any IT and operational overhead costs while maintaining data, resources, and network isolation to be spent by the users.
In the coming years, VPC-as-a-service is all set to come into the market. These are fully-managed environments and services, that offer the performance, reliability, and scale equal to a multi-tenant public cloud service, but with additional benefits of the data security, namespaces, and isolation of a virtual or on-premise private cloud platform.
4. Shift in DevOps Engineering
DevOps has brought in a paradigm shift in the enterprise software development process for a major chunk of companies. Traditionally, there used to be a friction between the developer and release team that delayed the process of a software release in the market. Now, companies can develop, deploy and iterate their software with much ease and speed thanks to the union of the development and operations teams giving birth to DevOps.
The usual function of Developers was to create codes and check for changes (if any) in the infrastructure and deliver it to operations for it to be accommodated in the entire company. This was an approach taken to reduce the time taken in fixing issues with the software and integrating it with the entire organisation. But with changing shift towards the DevOps departments, this has started becoming a roadblock for a lot of companies. So things are about to change. In a resource and budget-challenged engineering organization, every available headcount will be for developers pushing code and creating robust software. That doesn’t necessarily mean the positions will be eliminated, but the ethos and definitions of their roles will change.
The result will be to bring ‘DevOps’ back to its initial ethos, and the birth of the Infrastructure Engineer focused on building infrastructure through code only.
With the growth in complex business environments, companies have realised the importance of outsourcing enterprise software development services to industry experts in the market. Over the past few years, there has been a significant shift in the number of companies spending dollars on their outsourcing projects.
Whether to outsource a project or to build an in-house IT team is an essential managerial decision that most of the medium to large-sized companies have to take at the initial stages of their companies development. They usually prefer to outsource a project if the requirement, budget and time is less whereas a lot of companies make an in-house team if the project size is huge and long term. That way having an in-house team is only beneficial as well as cost-saving for them in the long run.
We have observed the best in industry enterprise application development trends expected to expand and capture the entire Information technology market by 2021. Sooner or later, companies need to change their approach towards working in outdated systems and adapt to these technological trends ensuring that this transition is smooth and easy for their employees to adapt to. This transition needs years of expertise to give the best results while saving cost and time invested in following the process. Apptread is one enterprise software development company to approach if you need to stay competitive in the market and deliver the best to your customer’s needs.
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