Guest Column | April 12, 2019

6 Trends Shaping Enterprise Software Development

By Anubhuti Shrivastava, Arkenea and Benchpoint

Key Trends In Field Service

Technology evolves at a fast pace and the enterprise software industry isn't immune. If you’re developing enterprise software for clients, here are five tenants to keep in mind.

  • Enterprise software solutions should be robust enough so users can utilize them without having to struggle with glitches. Also, they should execute the functions they’re supposed to do in a proper manner.
  • They should be highly scalable so you can modify and scale them up in the future to meet growing demands.
  • These solutions must be easy to manage so they continue to function without much redesign or significant investment.
  • Enterprise products should be completely secure in order to keep the company’s confidential data secure.
  • These apps need to be flexible in order to support the integration of new features and future expansion.

With that in mind, here are six major trends shaping the enterprise software development space in 2019 and beyond.

  1. DevOps Approach Leading The Way

DevOps has become an integral part of the software development process. You should work on the DevOps principle while the before and while the solution is being created to ensure seamless, continuous integration. By sticking with this approach, you will minimize errors, enhance speed, and ensure quality end product.

  1. JavaScript Is In The Mainstream

Nowadays, JavaScript is used to create most of the software solutions and apps, and has a unique quality that you can use it for mobile app development, server-side development, web development, etc. Considering its dominance, it's a good idea to pick JavaScript as the primary language for building your enterprise software.

  1. Avoiding Cloud

There's no doubt the cloud is an influential tool for providing users with an accurate quantity of computing power and services to fulfil their requirements. But many companies avoid being locked in a single cloud partner because it will be difficult to switch from one provider to another if needed. This is why most entrepreneurs prefer using containers or container management for building enterprise apps. These tools have the potential to build infrastructure that is not dependent on any particular cloud and can be easily moved from one location to another.

  1. Increasing Popularity Of Microservices & Serverless Architecture

Microservices are basically blocks of code that can perform tasks on their own. The primary motive is to build a large-scale solution as a set of modular components. Also, it's easier for programmers to maintain microservices. This is a software development technique which is becoming quite popular in the industry.

Serverless architecture works on the principles of microservices. You can deploy small blocks of your app straight to the cloud provider and leave the job of deciding the required infrastructure for your load on it.

In a nutshell, these techniques simplify the deployment and management of enterprise software. Also, this trend has become even more popular with key cloud providers such as AWS Lambda or Azure Functions embracing it.

  1. Rising Craze For Hybrid Architectures

Hybrid architectures merge two integral components cloud infrastructure and on-premises together in order to provide the users with optimal performance and speed. Organizations are eager to get benefits of the cloud but they're equally excited to work with on-premises infrastructure.

  1. Embracing Automated Testing With Open Arms

Most enterprises are inclined toward getting 100 percent automated test coverage. They work with an automated QA pipeline along with integration testing, performance testing, API testing, and unit testing in order to have an inclusive coverage of the code. This provides an opportunity to examine how their enterprise software is going to perform and use it for their own benefit in the delivery life cycle.

More and more organizations are adopting these trends to propel innovation in their enterprise software development methods. These trends will introduce a new category of enterprise software products that are much more efficient, advanced, and productive than the solutions available at hand.

About The Author

Anubhuti Shrivastava is a content crafter at Arkenea and Benchpoint. She is passionate about writing articles on topics related to design and the software development industry.