Web Technology In 2017
Two executives share their perspective on where IT, web technology, and development is going in 2017. What have they got right so far, and what's yet to come?
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Art Landro, CEO, Sencha, makes several points:
- The desktop isn’t dead – and it’s here to stay. Many people predicted that paper would be obsolete by now. It’s not. The same is true for the desktop. In fact, the desktop will be around for another 30+ years. While mobile and tablets will remain important to our everyday lives and simple business processes, people simply do not want to view and analyze data on a small screen. According to the previously mentioned report, 80 percent of development professionals believe desktop applications are “absolutely essential” to their business operations. Additionally, the survey found that 81 percent of desktop applications are maintained for more than three years, compared to just 55 percent of smartphone applications. These research results confirm that the desktop is far from dead. The desktop remains the most critical platform for business applications due in part to the massive explosion in the complexity and volume of data, which is driving increased demand for data visualization techniques as users seek to make more informed strategic and operational decisions.
- Competition between enterprises and small businesses/startups will heat up. The number of startups and small software companies that are building more flexible, more graphic, and more intuitive applications will increase; they will replace legacy ERP, CRM, and Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems that are offered by large enterprises. To stay competitive, large software providers such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce will need to be much more agile in building flexible, easy-to-use business-critical applications and platforms. We’ll see enterprises adopt a much more open-minded view toward partnerships and change how those partnerships are defined in this digital economy. We’ll also see enterprises continue to acquire innovative startups to give themselves a competitive boost.
- CEOs will become more generalists than specialists, and every company will need a CTO. As we move deeper and deeper into the Digital Age and technology becomes more prevalent in all industries, CEOs will become more generalists who are focused on building the right teams to succeed, rather than being an expert on every topic. Every company in every industry, from agriculture, mining, and manufacturing to logistics, financial services, and healthcare, will become a technology company. Additionally, every technology company will need a CTO who has a deep understanding of the company’s technological infrastructure, software development, and support needs.
- Software developers will continue to rule the digital world. While developing and building relationships with customers over the last year, I’ve learned that the number one challenge for many executives is finding quality software developers. Today, we live and work in a world where there continues to be massive growth in technological advances and an explosion of technical choices. In this world, developers rule – specifically, software developers wielding web technology skills and tools that turn ideas into amazing applications that drive operations and businesses around the planet. According to the Dimensional Research survey, 76 percent of organizations plan to increase investment in web technologies in 2017. Hiring and retaining quality developer talent will become even more critical as organizations feel the increasing pressure to deliver sophisticated, complex, and long-lasting applications quickly, while still providing high quality, long-lived products. That’s why we’re working on a number of initiatives to help enable more developers to build sophisticated web applications with Ext JS and for organizations to be able to find the talent they need through programs including SenchaDevs.
Rick Fitz, SVP of IT Markets, Splunk, sees:
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) enters the big stage – IaaS was a $10 billion set of training wheels for cloud – once you take those training wheels off, what happens? Now PaaS offerings will become real and cloud-native.
- Containers go big – Containers are bringing to light an entirely new IT stack, compartmentalizing it into its smallest forms. Once IT professionals gain visibility across their entire IT environment and manage it appropriately, those benefits translate into real business value. In 2017, container management and orchestration will come to the forefront.
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