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.
About a week or so ago I attended the IDC Manufacturing Insights conference call where IDC outlined its 2010 Predictions for Product Life Cycle Management. On the call Joe Barkai, IDC PLM Practice Director and Benjamin Friedman, IDC PLM Research Manager took the conference call attendees through IDC’s predictions and trends for the Manufacturing PLM market.
Here’s my summary of IDCs top trends in PLM
Innovation and Business Alignment. In 2010, IDC says there will be an increased focus on aligning PLM innovation with business strategy, making sure innovation is ‘productive’ and is helping the company achieve growth.
Enterprise PLM is Maturing. IDC is saying that PLM is becoming an important factor in the entire enterprise decision-making discipline, but more progress is needed to integrate all manufacturing systems across the organization.
Socializing” Product Development: Social computing has had an impact in marketing and support. In 2010, we should all expect the social computing trend to have an impact on product development. Innovative firms will figure this out in 2010.
Rising Demand for PLM Value: IDC says that in 2010, PLM vendors need to demonstrate value and relevance. IDC is encouraging vendors to emphasize integration, interoperability and open source.
Visualization for Better Decision-Making: Decision makers need to see the information in new and different ways in order to help them make better decisions. Expect an increasing emphasis on the importance of making sense of all the data collected and stored via advanced analytics and visualization tools.
Technical Content is Back. IDC says there will be an effort by companies to introduce new technical related services and improve the quality of existing services as a way to differentiate their products.
Factory of the Future. Smarter and more intelligent manufacturing is a big trend. IDC says to expect an increased interest by manufacturing companies in the area of intelligent factory networks that can “design anywhere, build anywhere, sell & service anywhere”.
Beyond Discrete Manufacturing. IDC believes that PLM software can and will be implemented in some non-traditional areas, like process manufacturing, retail and consumer goods, and perhaps even financial services.
PLM in the Cloud. IDC says adoption of enterprise cloud-based PLM solutions will slowly begin to take off. All the right drivers are in place and many of the concerns are being resolved.
M&As to Close Gaps. IDC says that given the economic climate, some firms will take the opportunity to merge and / or acquire other firms in order to build scale and/or access new markets.
Personally, I’d like to see a lot of focus on prediction number 3. I don’t see many firms leveraging social computing yet as a way to innovate the product development process.
A few days ago, IBM's Global Location Trends report-October 2008 was released. The report is prepared annually by Plant Location International (PLI), IBM's global center of excellence for global location strategies, and economic development strategies.
IBM's Global Location Trends study reveals that multinational companies are increasingly widening their investments to include a number of emerging countries, with notable increases in Latin America and Africa.
Some of the key findings from this year's report are:
Globally, an estimated 1.2 million jobs will be created by 10,200 foreign (greenfield) investment projects announced in 2007.
The widening of global investment is a structural trend: despite an overall decrease in total investment, companies extend their search for markets, talents, and cost efficiency to new corners of the world.
New emerging markets continue to appear on companies' radar screens; Latin America & Africa in particular are increasing their share of global investment
Different strategic location drivers (market, talents, cost efficiency) result in a variety of location choices by sector and business function; targeted economic development strategies are indeed effective in responding to these different location strategies.
Renewable energy sector promises to be an important new job creator in many different areas globally.
Indian and Chinese companies are increasingly creating jobs in key global markets, and becoming important target groups for inward investment attraction.
Competition for skills, markets and cost efficiencies forces companies to be increasingly innovative in where they locate their activities and how they structure their global footprint.
IBM has a list it calls the Next 5 in 5. This is a list coming out of IBM research that provides a list of five innovations that are going to change the way we live in the next five years. The next 5 in 5 according to IBM are
We will be able to access healthcare remotely, from just about anywhere in the world
Real-time speech translation—once a vision only in science fiction—will become the norm
There will be a 3-D Internet
Technologies the size of a few atoms will address areas of environmental importance