Top 18 Trends in Application Software Development for 2014

Note:  The following blog was published in March of 2014.  If you are looking for my 2015 tech trends reports head on over to the post: 2015 Trend Reports Are Now Available

 

Below you will find my list of the top trends in 2014 for application software development along with a information about my latest Application Software Development Trends to Watch in 2014 report that you can download out on slideshare.

Trends in Software Development

The emergence of a new computing era built on a secure platform of mobile, social, cloud, and big data/analytics capabilities is impacting business models and processes.  Keeping pace with new trends such as mobile, big data analytics, and the growing move towards cloud-based systems has brought new and more challenging issues to the forefront of application development.   Application software developers must transform old legacy applications to align with fast changing business needs. In today’s environment, application development teams need increased agility, new skill sets, distributed teams, and more complex software engineering methods.

Here then, is my list of top software development trends for 2014

  1. Innovate for the “Third Platform”:  Legacy is old. Developing on the third platform will accelerate in 2014. However, it requires new skills in Security, Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data/Analytics, IoT, HCI, Gamification, and Cognitive Computing.
  2. Use of APIs Accelerates: In 2014, we are going to see a huge leap forward in how APIs are put to use to drive innovation and help organizations be more efficient and profitable.
  3. Designing For Hybrids: Developers must design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind . Must make sure future integration and interoperability are possible, while securing the enterprise at the same time.
  4. IoT & Embedded Systems: Demand for skilled developers who can develop sense and respond systems and other IoT-based solutions increases.
  5. Integrating Front and Back Office: Growing integration requirements between back office IT and operations – for example with smart physical hardware (pumps, switches etc) capturing info relevant to operations, business management; cyber security; etc.
  6. Secure The Enterprise!: With the advent of distributed systems, mobile, IOT, etc, there is no longer a fixed perimeter to fully protect now. The ‘attack surface’ is now huge. Developers will called upon to secure the enterprise.
  7. Software Defined “Everything”: In 2014, the buzz around Software Defined will increase. Enterprises and service providers force clear definitions . Expect numerous product announcements from vendors.
  8. Application Containers: The next big thing is containerizing and virtualizing the application, not just the machine. Watch companies include Docker and ZeroVM.
  9. DevOps Adoption Accelerates: More than just about automating deployments, DevOps requires cultural change, including coordination, collaboration and trust among the teams that participate in the application lifecycle.
  10. Open Trend Continues: Open Source, Open Standards, OpenStack, OpenFlow, Open Compute, and Open Data.
  11. Crowd Sourcing/Funding: Crowd sourcing of everything. Now projects are crowd sourced and crowd funded. Support is now crowd supplied in places like stack overflow.
  12. Hack Days: Becoming more popular as a way to develop innovative new software and features within a tight deadline.
  13. Hadoop: The Hadoop ecosystem is maturing. Expect a whole new set of real-time analysis capabilities.
  14. HTML5 Growth: Businesses have started to truly understand the advantages (and limitations) of HTML5 in the enterprise. In 2014 we will see a new focus toward the ‘write once, play everywhere’ concept.
  15. Secure Enterprise Mobile Apps: Developers need to roll out more secure alternatives to popular mobile apps. New pressures to make sure all enterprise apps are thoroughly vetted from a software security standpoint.
  16. Application Performance Management: Vendors and their customers increasingly scrambling to address and control under-performing application environments.
  17. Consumerization: Enterprise Developers need to keep an eye on what is being developed for Consumers. That next great consumer device, app, or solution may just be what’s needed for the enterprise.
  18. Skills in Demand: Developers who have deep cloud, mobile, big data/analytics and security development skills will be increasingly in demand . Programming skills valued include: 1. Java / Javascript , 2. C# / ASP.NET, 3. C++, 4. Python, 5. PHP, 6. SQL / MySQL, 7. HTML5 / CSS3, 8. Ruby on Rails, 9. Hadoop, 10. iOS / Android (source: Cybercoders).

 

Friday Gadget: The MAB Automated Cleaning System for your house

Gadget - MAB - Automatic Cleaning SystemIn my house, I am the one usually dusting, cleaning, and vacuuming.  It’s not that I like doing the cleaning…it’s just that the other family members never seem to do be interested in having a clean house.   So this Friday’s Gadget post is one that I really like as it paint’s a future where I don’t have to do the cleaning.  

The automated robotic cleaning concept system called MAB, relies on flying mini-robots.   The concept won the 2013 Electrolux Design Lab Competition.  Check out the video below.

The ‘Mab’ automated cleaning system uses hundreds of tiny robots that fly around and collect dust and dirt.   Designer Adrian Perez Zapata says he created the system with the idea that he could  free the human race from the tedious task of cleaning.  In his Mab design, micro-robots do the work to clean every surface of your house while you sit back and relax.   I love that idea. 

Here’s how his Mab concept works.  Think of the Mab core unit as like a beehive and the flying robots as the bees.  In this case, hundreds of tiny flying robots are loaded with drops of water mixed with soap.  The Mab core unit scans the room, identifies dimensions and potential problem areas.  It then releases the flying robots to clean.  As the robots touch surfaces, the cleaning fluid picks up dirt and then the flying robot returns it to the central unit.  Back at the Mab Core unit, the dirt is filtered out from the liquid, which is then then cycled through the Mab core unit for reuse.

 

 

Embedded in Adrian’s design concept is that the Mab could be powered through wireless energy or solar energy.   He also says the wings of each robot could have solar panels to collect energy.

Just think…in the future you may never have to clean again

A Primer on Millennials: List of 25 Research Reports

There is a lot of interest in the marketing and HR community about understanding the Millennial generation, including who they are, what their interests and expectations are,  and what their preferences are relating to work and shopping.

There is no real definition on what the age range is of a Millennial.  Wikipedia mentions that that some are using birth years from the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s.  Some refer to Millennials as Generation Y, some are even mentioning a new Generation Z as part of this category.   Regardless, there is no question that Millennials now represent the future workforce and purchasing power of the developed economies of the world.  Marketing professionals want to learn more about how this new generation consume marketing messages and what their purchasing preferences are.  HR professionals want to learn more about how to attract and retain this this new generation of workers.

Studies seem to agree on certain generalizations and characteristics of this new generation.

 

  • Heavily reliant on social media and technology … and communicate with people differently because of it
  • Raised differently than their parents were, primarily because the environment has changed dramatically
  • Live in a completely different world of media than their parents (real-time access to information, fewer filters on information)
  • Relatively unattached to organized politics and religion
  • Many entering the job market are burdened by debt
  • Inherently distrustful of people
  • They are in no rush to marry
  • Optimistic about the future
  • This is a racially diverse generation
  • Able to multi-task better than their parents
  • Naturally Group-oriented and collaborative
  • Values peer opinions (typically gathered via social networks)
  • Generally confident about their abilities to succeed
  • Values lifestyle above work
  • Impatient.  Expects things to happen now
  • Open-minded.  Receptive to new ideas and ways of living
  • Self-expressive (online as well as offline)
  • Desires constant feedback
  • Competitive.  Will compete to winFor those of you digging deeper into understanding Millennials, I have done some research for you.   Below is a list of 25 research reports and resources that you can download.  Most of the reports include findings of surveys that were conducted over the past year or two.  The reports are presented below in alphabetical order by the organization that published the study report.
    1. Accenture: Who are the Millennial shoppers? And what do they really want?   Accenture research to understand the needs of the Millennial consumer.  Surveys were conducted of both retailers and consumers, then 50 face to face interviews were conducted.
    2. Barkley:  American Millenials: Deciphering the Enigma Generation  A 90 page report from Barkley based on research conducted as part of a joint partnership with Service Management Group, The Boston Consulting Group and Barkley.  With 5,493 survey respondents and more than 4 million data points, this was a detailed study with many insights.
    3. Bentley University:   The PreparedU Project: An In-depth Look at Millennial Preparedness for Today’s Workforce   Survey commissioned on the subject of preparedness of Millennials for joining the workforce.   More than 3,100 people were surveyed from nine different groups who all have a stake in this issue, including leaders in higher education and business, corporate recruiters, current high school
      and college students and their parents, recent college graduates, and the public at large
    4. Boston Consulting Group:  Millennial Passions:  Food, Fashion, and Friends A 6 page summary of the results and findings from the Barclay study (see above)
    5. Deloitte:  The Deloitte Millennial Survey:  Big Demands and High Expectations  Survey of more than 7800 Millennials was conducted October 11- November 11, 2013 about career and workplace expectations.
    6. Hartman Group:   Outlook on the Millennial Consumer Syndicated Study for 2014  Comprehensive new research to understand the lifestyles, life stages, preferences, and behaviors of America’s largest and most influential demographic group.
    7. IdeaPaint:  2013 Millennial Workplace Trends Survey: Corporate America Begins to Solve the Millennial Paradox   Survey of 600 employed Millennials was commissioned by IdeaPaint.  The goal of the survey was to see if modern workplaces were tapping into the potential of their young talent by engaging in more collaborative ideation techniques or if they were leveraging more traditional business models.
    8. International Journal of Emerging Research in Management &Technology:  Future Workforce “The Millennial”    The generation X has built a perception on what they have see about the generation Y and the generation Y comes with a different perception about them.  This study attempts to evaluate and asses their perceptions built by the generation x on generation y and also to determine what the generation y thinks about them and their expectation on the managers in the organization
    9. Journal of College & Character:   Off Our Lawns and Out of Our Basements: How We (Mis)Understand the Millennial Generation   In this article, the author explores the existing research on the characteristics of Millennials within historical, social, and economic contexts. While many researchers have made claims about Millennials, they fail to consider how parenting styles, economic factors, historical events, and shifts in educational priorities may have created the unique traits of this generation.Millennial Impact:  2013 Report  and the report portal page at http://www.themillennialimpact.com/2013research
    10. Long Range Systems, LLC:      The Millennial Mindset:  How a Generation is Reshaping Hospitality   White paper discusses Millennials and their potential impact on the hospitality industry
    11. Millennial Inc.  What your company will look like when millennial’s call the shots  Results of a six-month study taking place in both the United States and the United Kingdom with the objective to understand what your company would look like if Millennials were already in charge.
    12. MODIS:  Millennial IT Professionals:  Millennials in IT show aggressive approach to career path in contrast to other generations   Modis polled 501 employed IT Professionals about their career ambitions and
      perceptions as well as their perspective on the IT industry
    13. Network for Good:   Engaging Millennial Employees:   Recruit and Retain Top Talent with Cause  This eGuide provides the evidence and advice to help your company better engage all employees, especially younger ones, through cause programs that foster both business and social impact returns.
    14. NPD:  Millennials’ Surprises This brief examines how Millennials consume a variety of products across some of the industries The NPD group tracks: foodservice, entertainment, home, and the automotive aftermarket.
    15. NPD:  Winning the Fight for the Millennial Shopper  Report discusses shopping behaviors of Millennials by retailer, channel, and category.
    16. Pew Research Center:   Millennials in Adulthood    Report discusses perspectives and expectations of Millennials as they enter adulthood.  Findings are based on a new Pew Research Center survey conducted
      Feb. 14-23, 2014 among 1,821 adults nationwide, including 617 Millennial adults, and analysis of other Pew Research Center surveys conducted between 1990 and 2014.
    17. Pew Research Center:   The Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change   Old report from 2010, still provides some good insights.
    18. Pew Research Center:  On Pay Gap, Millennial Women Near Parity – For Now.  Despite Gains, Many See Roadblocks Ahead    Findings are based on a new Pew Research Center survey of 2,002 adults, including 810 Millennials (adults ages 18 to 32),  conducted Oct. 7-27, 2013. The survey finds that, in spite of the dramatic gains women have made in educational attainment and labor force participation in recent decades, young women view this as a man’s world—just as middle-aged and older women do.
    19. Princeton One:   Attracting Gen Y Employees   Highlights five items for employers to take into consideration when recruiting Millennials   Retaining Gen Y Employees  Five ways to retain top Millennial employees.
    20. PWC:   Millennials at Work – Understanding Your Future Workforce  Presentation at the 2013 Financial Management Institute PD Week
    21. PWC:   Millennials at work: Reshaping the workplace  A survey of over 4,000 millennials designed to capture their perspective on what they value most in a career.
    22. Rainmaker Thinking:  Meet Generation Z: The second generation within the giant “Millennial” cohort    White paper discusses the Milllennial sub segment called Generation Z and the five key trends shaping this sub segment.
    23. Raytheon:  Preparing Millennials to Lead in Cyberspace   A Raytheon-commissioned study of attitudes, behaviors and career aspirations among young American adults online.
    24. Urban Land Institute: GenerationY: Shopping and Entertainment in the Digital Age   40 page report published in 2013.   Results of an online survey of Americans aged 18-35 (1,251 respondents) with an objective to understand Gen Y’s shopping habits and dining/entertainment preferences.
    25. Verizon:   Millennials & Entertainment – Final Report March 2014   results of a two-phased research project including a quantitative survey of 1,000 consumers and qualitative interviews of 8 consumers.  Focus of study was to understand how this generation connects with media, content, and entertainment.
  • Are there other reports I missed?  Let me know via Twitter (@HorizonWatching) or contact me on Linkedin (whchamb)

 

Wearables has a big place in the future of Mobile Computing

As mentioned previously, I am working on a Trend Report on the topic of Wearables.  The more I work on it, the more content I develop….pushing back the publication date further and further.  The report will be similar in look and feel to my other published trend reports.

Mobile computing devices continue to shrink in size and adapt to free up our hands, making it more convenient than ever for users to multitask.  Wearable computing, or wearables, is the buzz of the mobile community in 2014.   Consumers are increasingly buying the fitness bands and trackers as a way to monitor their activities.  And new devices like smart glasses and smart watches are invading the market.  As they do, application developers are beginning to see new opportunities for applications that gather data, perform analysis on that data, and then provide analytics and visualizations back to the user.

Juniper Research says “The retail revenue from smart wearable devices, including smart watches and glasses, will reach $19 billion by 2018.”   Gartner says “The worldwide revenue from wearable electronic devices, apps and services for fitness and personal health is anticipated to be $1.6 billion this year, increasing to $5 billion by 2016”.

While the wearables market still has very much a consumer feel to it, 2014 will be the year leading enterprises are piloting fitness trackers for employee wellness / fitness programs and smart glasses / smart watches for enhancing worker productivity.   Adding further momentum to the growth of the market will be the entry of most of the major platforms into the space, including Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple.

For more on the the future of wearables, check out the following resources:

I hope to have my Trend Report published in the next week or two.  Until then, check out my other Trend Reports at  http://www.slideshare.net/horizonwatching

Friday Gadget: Future Wearable Devices and Design Concepts

As mentioned in my post Friday Gadget: Rapport Device Detects and Reacts to Human Emotions I am resurrecting my series of Friday Gadget posts.

As I have been researching Wearables this past month, I thought I would provide a post about concept designs for future wearables

There is a ton of work going on by designers to make wearables more fashionable and functional.  The future looks bright for wearables!

List of Media Tech and Gadget Websites Covering Wearables

Wearables will eventually go mainstream in enterprises.  Not all employees will use wearables in their daily tasks, but there will be many employees that will use wearables to help them do their job better.

I am nearing the end of my research into Wearables and will be publishing my 2014 Trend / Resource Report soon.  Hopefully this weekend.

While doing my research, I checked out various media outlet resources to understand what was being written about various devices and capabilities.  The list below will appear in my report.

The list above is not exhaustive, but does cover the major tech and gadget sites that are covering the growth in wearables….mostly from a consumer (vs. enterprise) perspective.