Technology is always evolving. We tend to think of technology within the framework of computers or high tech – laptops, smartphones, software, etc. But technology, at its core, spans many categories. The Oxford English Dictionary defines technology as, “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.” Technology is tools, processes, systems, and machines used by people to solve our problems with creativity.
The internet was, and is, the catalyst for the most profound expansion of computer technology that we’ve seen, and today we are perched right on the edge of a world previously only imagined by science fiction writers and fringe visionaries. This ubiquity of connections and devices has led to the exchange of ideas, practices, and theories on a global scale, driving innovation at breakneck speeds.
Now we see computer technologies and software beginning to touch many parts of many other technologies – factories, cars, door locks, books – the list goes on and on.
At Exadel, I’ve had the good fortune of having a front-row seat to the explosion of enterprise software development. For years, the path to innovation has been paved by small companies bringing disruptive technologies to stagnant markets. Today, however, we are seeing a growing desire (and need, honestly) for innovation to be driven by enterprises also. And for enterprises to embrace the culture and ideals of the technology of the start-up.
This shake-up is being driven by a series of shifts that are setting the stage for some serious innovation in the global enterprise. Here are six of these seismic shifts driving the shake-up:
Technological Disruption – Computers are everywhere. Software drives this revolution: accelerating our lives and interconnecting people and organizations. Entrepreneurial enterprises of all sizes are continually seeking to expand, improve their effectiveness, run lean, and create value by connecting with customers in new ways. Software projects of all varieties make this possible.
Mobile – You’re carrying a supercomputer in your purse or pocket right now. It has sensors for measuring physical phenomenon, and the ability to continually tap into human experience. We’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg of the way that innovative companies can use this information to improve our lives. Doing so requires apps and other software that run on the mobile device.
Internet of Things – IoT is a wide-open field for developers and companies looking to connect the world around us. There’s big opportunity for those who will take us forward into this space. Are you seeking to explore the uncharted ways that computers will affect our lives in the 21st century and beyond? To be successful in this arena you need to understand languages, protocols, security demands, hardware development nuances, interoperability, and QA challenges of the world of IoT.
Blockchain – This game-changing data and transaction processing technology is a potential answer to urgent questions of global marketplaces, online commerce, secure electronic voting, and personal data management. But is it being understood and adapted quickly enough? And who is doing this work? How should your organization be thinking about blockchain/distributed ledger? How will it impact you and your customers?
Global Workforce – The need for Innovation Sourcing is critical to any modern enterprise. Accessing world-class talent to supplement existing teams and collaborate is paramount. Global software engineering companies provide access to a world of talent to tightly constrained local marketplaces. To be successful, companies need the ability for a partner who can adapt and morph team structures to match changing customer needs and business realities. For developers and product owners, the ability to communicate needs, project deliverables, timelines, etc., across time zones and language barriers can determine a company’s position in the marketplace of the global enterprise.
Expert-Generalists – Gone are the days when developers at innovation-driven companies can get by with only one development stack. The next generation of dev leaders will be expert-generalist visionaries capable of collaboration, creative thinking, and devising unique solutions to challenges that incorporate programming, UX/UI, hardware, and business.
It’s an exciting time to be at the forefront of our industry, and I’m sure many developers feel the same. I’d like to leave on a collaborative note, and ask the rest of the community, what kinds of shifts are you seeing? What do you predict will be some of the driving forces behind the next technological revolution?