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Application Developer Trends
Al Hilwa, director of application development software research at IDC, sees three major trends emerging in 2012 for developers. One trend involves the evolution of application platforms. Hilwa talks about "the battle of ecosystems of content and services."
What does that mean? The success of various computing platforms, whether we're talking PCs, tablets or smartphones, isn't just about the apps or the hardware itself. Platform success is also highly dependent these days on the content that the device can deliver -- from music and games to videos and books.
Content delivery is becoming more important, Hilwa said, as the center of gravity of information technology continues to move from the enterprise to consumers, and computing tools move toward being primarily used for content consumption.
Of course, business users still need devices that are optimized for business use -- running standard productivity programs like Microsoft Office, as well as efficient services for email, database management, contact management, accounting, etc.
A second trend Hilwa notes is that enterprise mobility has been "taking off" as mobile apps have noticeably entered the enterprise. Companies have begun to let "tablets inside the firewall, often purchased and not necessarily BYOD," he said, and, they have "started to invest seriously in application development."
He's referring to the fact that many businesses now have their workers using tablets with customized programs. For example, consider how sales reps in Apple stores now use their handheld iPad tablets as point-of-sale devices.
Hilwa also points to the growing economy of development tools vendors who want to satisfy the "write-once, run almost everywhere" goals that are increasingly present in businesses.
Mainstreaming of the Cloud
His third big trend brings us back to cloud computing and the "realization that enterprises will move to the cloud once much of the impedance mismatch between what happens inside and outside the firewall is reduced." In other words, business users want to be able to work as efficiently from home or on the road (outside the network firewall), as they can at the office (behind the firewall). (continued...)
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 5:18pm PT
Love my iPad!!
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 5:16pm PT
I started working from home 2 years ago and love it. I couldn't do it without cloud computing, so it definitely gets my vote for best technology -- but also tied with my smartphone. Being able to see and respond to my customers' email anytime, anywhere is so helpful.