Enterprise Software Development – Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Businesses on the cutting-edge, the trendsetters influence and design the way competitors approach and conduct business, no matter the industry they serve. A software solutions company is by no means immune to this phenomenon. Today’s competitive business landscape requires even the largest enterprises to define their strategy in response to industry requirements. It is paramount to stay ahead of software delivery trends for any development company. This article explores the trends that are shaping the software industry.
In a nutshell, enterprise software is scalable, flexible, robust, and secure. They are used in larger businesses to automate workflows, assist decision making, enhance customer retention, and process data.
Microservices and Serverless Architecture
Microservices in their simplest form could be described as atomic chunks of code that perform individual tasks. They require a considerable amount of time to design but once this initial phase is complete they provide a bevy of benefits for developers. Serverless architecture is a concept that builds on the microservices technology. It allows small chunks of code to be deployed directly to the cloud. The cloud provider provides the infrastructure to run the code, this greatly simplifies the deployment or management of microservices. Large cloud service providers such as AWS or Azure provide the infrastructure to manage microservices conveniently.
DevOps First Approach
Even though DevOps is an older technology it is an important part of software development. There is an increasing trend where developers are thinking about how the application will be deployed or tested prior to coding. This is something that can provide a great deal of benefits when it comes to testing and continuous integration. This reduces project delivery time, errors and provides greater transparency.
Organizations are increasing the rate of automated test coverage. Automated QA pipelines, unit, integration, API, and performance testing ensures that the developer has complete test coverage quickly and efficiently. This gives the developer a clear idea of how the application will perform and its shortcomings.
Hybrid system architecture involves cloud infrastructure and on-premise infrastructure to provide enhanced performance and scalability. The architecture allows organizations to avail the benefits of cloud-based systems and the security of traditional on-premise systems.
In conclusion, enterprise applications that are built using the right containers, container management tools and third-party tools like Terraform (which allows system infrastructure to be deployed across both cloud and on premise infrastructure) will help develop systems with greater reliability, scalability, and security. Systems running on hybrid architectures provide a backup in case one of the two environments fail. In addition, the cloud -based environment could be moved to different cloud providers quickly with minimal hassle.
The trends outlined above are redefining software development around the worlds. These innovative concepts are being enabled by rapidly developing hardware, software, and networking technologies. This creates a world of modern software innovation raising the bar across continents. An increasing percentage of organizations are looking to innovative technologies like cloud and novel programming frameworks to create powerful development engines that drive businesses forward.