Application Software Development Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

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. In today’s environment, application development teams are exploring ways to increase agility, develop new skill sets, implement distributed teams, and implement more complex software engineering methods.

I recently published my trend report Application Software Development Trends to Watch in 2014.  It is over on slideshare.    Below I’ve provided you a list of 10 articles that you might be interested in.

Source Title
Zenoss Why 2014 is the year of the Software Defined Data Center
Computer Weekly The future of application development
SDNZone SDN Predictions 2014: How SDN Will Transform IT
ZDNet Enterprise software 2014: Three themes to ponder
sdnCentral SDN and NFV Technology Trends to Watch in 2014
Fierce Wireless Tech SDN will be 2014’s biggest network trend, says Strategy Analytics
The Guardian 10 app trends for 2014: privacy, wearables, education and more
Tech Republic 10 predictions for open source in 2014
APM Digest 14 APM Predictions for 2014
Web Ascender 14 Website Trends for 2014

 

Gartner’s Latest List of Disruptive Technologies

Every Wednesday, Gartner does a free webinar on a variety of topics.  Earlier this month, they had a presentation titled "Technology Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore."   I attended the webinar and took some notes.

The webinar provided attendees with Gartner’s latest list of disruptive technologies.  According to Gartner, a disruptive technology is one which drives major change in business processes or revenue streams, consumer behavior or spending, or IT industry dynamics.  It’s important that companies have processes in place to identify the disruptive technologies that will impact their business and develop plans to address these disruptions. 

Gartner regularly publishes disruptive technology lists.  Back in October 2007, I posted Gartner:  Five Disruptive Trends, which was a summary of their current list at that time, which included the following five trends:

  1. Web2.0
  2. Software as a Service
  3. Global-class computing
  4. The Consumerization of IT
  5. Open-Source Software

You can read my October 2007 post Gartner:  Five Disruptive Trends for more on that Gartner list.

So I was interested attending the webinar and seeing what was on Gartner’s list this time.  Here is a summary of Gartner’s July 2009 list of the top 10 technologies that will drive significant disruption over the next five years.

  1. Virtualization.   Virtualization helps reduce the number of servers used, decreasing power consumption.
  2. Data Deluge.  According to Gartner, the amount of data produced around the world will grow by 650% over the next few years, and 80% of it will be unstructured.
  3. Energy & Green IT.   We need to come up with regulations for technology and power consumption. 
  4. Consumerization & Social Software.  Consumerization, Social media, social computing, and social networking will change the way we work.   See my April 16, 2009 post on The Consumerization of IT  or my March 12, 2009 post Social Computing as a Disruptive Force for more on this trend.
  5. Unified Communications.    Unifying communications will allow users to route communications to their preferred device and change that device preference whenever they need to.  
  6. Mobile  Mobile devices 10 years ago were just phones.  Today, they are little computers. Tomorrow, it may be the primary device employees use to get their work done.  
  7. Complex Resource Tracking  This is all about the need to manage our networks more efficiently
  8. System Density.   We are going to need more and more servers.  That's going to increase power and cooling requirements, even as the price of the hardware continues to drop.
  9. Mashups and Enterprise Portals.  Employees will increasingly need and demand new ways to see information. 
  10. Cloud Computing. Cloud-computing can certainly save you a lot of time and money, but it will cost a lot of time to make the switch to the cloud happen.  I spent a bunch of time researching cloud computing.  For more information, see this post, which also contains links to other cloud computing posts I have done.

A quick comparison of the 2007 list with the list today, we see that Consumerization of IT/Social Software made both lists.  And we also see that Saas/Cloud Computing made both lists.   Both these trends are important disruptive trends, for sure.

For more information, or to download the replay and a pdf of the presentation, go to this Gartner website: Webinar Wednesday Series: Technology Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore

Gartner: Five Major Disruptive Trends

Gartner recently announced here they are tracking five major trends that they believe will force IT organizations to change the way they procure and manage Information Technology. 

The five major trends and Gartners description of them are as follows:

  • Web 2.0 – "Web 2.0 communities are bonding people in ways many people do not fully understand.  Community members are doing business in ways that most enterprises had never even considered as they laid out their communications strategies." 
  • Software as a service (SaaS)"SaaS is already empowering business units to act independently of corporate IT strategies."
  • Global-class computing"Global-class systems, built on tera-architectures (as in Google Apps), threaten to upset the careful balance of power between IBM and Microsoft in messaging, and more importantly, they introduce entirely new ways to implement and scale applications."
  • The Consumerization of IT"Consumerisation and users’ clamour for IT organisations to be as responsive as internet vendors are giving many IT departments headaches." 
  • Open-source software"Open source is a hidden "secret" that enables many elements of the other four discontinuities to develop."

Nothing really earth shattering here, but it is important to think about each one individually and the impact they have on IT departments.

Gartner analysts discussed these disruptive trends during their Orlando version of their Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2007, which took place October 7-12, 2007.  They are also apparently planning on focusing on these trends during the next version of their symposium, which takes place 4-8 November in Cannes, France.  You can read up more about this symposium series here.

So this press release/announcement was, in part, an advertisement for people to attend the conference.  However, each of the trends do have merit and we are, of course, already seeing these trends today.   And when you consider the combination of all of the trends happening together, you can make a very good case that IT managers who oversee applications will have their work cut out for themselves as they develop short and long term plans.

For more information, you can read the press release regarding the above major trends.