Enterprise-Software-DevelopmentThe field of enterprise software development has been unjustly called ‘boring.’ Sure, enterprises are slow to adopt the latest technologies from the consumer market, but they have to watch their step: even a small misstep can cause big losses. But, the advent of enterprise mobility, cloud computing and IoT, has made this field 

There are dozens of new things happening in the world of enterprise IT, and we are bound to see evolving trends like BYOD, cloud computing, smart machines, and the Internet of Things have a bigger impact on how large organizations work. On the horizon are emerging tech trends like wide-scale automation that have the potential to disrupt enterprises significantly.

In this article, we will take a close look at the three broad software development trends that are most likely to affect a large number of enterprises.

# Enterprise Mobility Trends

Within the last three years, smart mobiles have taken over our life. Most employees in every enterprise already use smartphones, tablets and general apps to manage their work and life. Software developers all over the world have seen a huge spike in demand for mobile development, and several enterprises have worked hard to formulate a mobile strategy.

In 2014, not only will we see a wider acceptance of BYOD (building on 2013), but we will also see maturing of strategies and processes for implementing it. In addition to existing devices, IT managers will have to cater to the needs of a growing number of devices. Many will have to set up internal app stores and build systems for distributing, updating and securing apps and information within the apps.

This will see the number of companies offering diverse enterprise mobility solutions mushroom. At the same time enterprise mobile application development will veer towards HTML5 – native apps will lose some of their dominance and cross-platform aps will gain ground in larger organizations with high device diversity.

# Cloud Computing Matures

Cloud computing has been around for a while, and it continues to make inroads in enterprises. Many enterprise IT departments have seen employees using personal cloud services (like DropBox or Google Drive)or have themselves set up secure local clouds (using services like Box, Accellion, Egnyte).

There is a lot of fear in enterprises over the use of personal clouds, and many companies choose to blocked personal clouds. However, the idea of integrating personal clouds of employees with enterprise cloud in a secure way is getting acceptance. We can expect to see this and several other cloud deployment compositions as IT managers in enterprises try to find a balance. We will also see specific hardware become less important as a cloud will emerge as a hub that supplies capability to various devices.

# The Internet of Things

The idea of Internet of Things – devices with unique identifiers that enable automatic transfer of data without involving humans– has been around for a while. Devices that can communicate with other without human intervention can help today’s enterprises revolutionize their business processes. Gartner predicts that 26 billion units will be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020.

Most enterprises today do not have models to implement Internet of Things or benefit from it. However, there is a strong theoretical support which demonstrates that IoT can help enterprises improve decision-making processes, optimize supply chain, reduce costs and improve customer experience. This year, as enterprises dabble in IoT (owing to lowering of costs), we can expect to observe new benefits and new problems that crop up with widespread implementation of IoT.

Summing up

These are three trends that will bring about huge changes in the current enterprise IT landscape. Software developers will scramble to acquire new skills, and IT managers will have to take many decisions with far-reaching consequences. Cloud computing and enterprise mobility challenges will multiply, as will their functions and benefits. IoT will find more takers in enterprises, and we will find out how well it works for large organizations.

About Author: Hi, I am Nitin Soni. I work as a web developer with Cygnet Infotech, an enterprise software development company. For any query or help regarding software development & responsive web application development, mail me on inquiry@cygnet-infotech.com, if possible. And, I'd love to connect with you on Twitter @MkNitin