Application development is increasingly becoming the revenue-generating engine of most businesses; new features are more often than not provided by software. Electronic circuitry and software is increasingly being added to previously non-electronic devices as connectivity technology has become more accessible as component prices have fallen. IoT and the promise of big data insight is driving forward innovation as the potential cost of being left behind is deemed too great to sit on the sidelines, massive action is being taken. In every industry, from smart cars to smart wear clothing (wearables), – designers are adding electronic components with adding embedded software in mind. So, the overarching software development trend is proliferation of software into every consumer product with IoT connectivity (IoT) – embedded electronics, old designs are being given new life.
How is software development industry evolving to meet this uber trend and the increasing demands upon the industry in terms of volume and quality?
Software development is transforming business through the concepts, processes and practices used in the Agile Development world, just as the tools used have adapted to assist developers to practice Agile development more efficiently, the tools used are now expanding their mandate beyond software development. Just as ALM Software evolved to meet the requirements of Agile Scrum, Kanban and the Scaled Agile Framework and others (all hybrid variations of Agile) and the scaling Agile up of these from small projects to large enterprise use. Innovative Agile ALM Software developers have remained at the bleeding cutting edge continually adding new features to manage DevOps and continuous feedback, assisting developers to manage continuous (automated) testing, continuous integration and continuous deployment as part of the Application Development Lifecycle and all of which are all necessary components for continuous deployment.
DevOps extends Agile from Software Development into IT Operations, (DevOps), its success raised the question, – why stop there.
The obsession is both efficiency and quality, continual redefining of software development processes and the application lifecycle to meet this obsession, this challenge and then the proliferation and integration of these into business processes and practices into the wider business. The eventual effect of this is the speeding up of not only application development lifecycle but also optimization of the entire business through continuous feedback. The downside of course is that such businesses are entirely reliant upon the software development to drive growth. Throughout the evolution of Agile, ALM software has closely followed the innovation in terms of process and practice of software development, taking what works and take it mainstream by simplifying the management of it through new features.
Software developers can no longer rely on a pick and mix approach to tool sets, to do so is inviting disaster, this is particularly true for manufacturers of products where safety is of prime concern, where software failure can cost lives and cause massive damage to any brand. Software Development contracts are increasingly specifying toolsets as a requirement to win contracts, its understandable considering that Insurance against failure is reliant on complete transparency and traceability as well as complete adherence to increasingly strict industry standards. Massive complexity is the new order of things.
Software development tools such as Agile ALM Software has not only provided the means by which massive complexity in development can be managed, providing complete transparency and traceability but also assisted with the compliance of industry standards and audit requirements. Taking the integrated approach to tooling with tools such as Agile ALM, not only speeds up the entire application lifecycle by simplifying collaboration and tracking all interactions but also enables teams to fail fast and reboot.
Future of software development: Integrated ALM software
The difference between a good development team and a great development team is the speed at which they fail and learn from it. To understand the future of software development into 2017 and beyond all that is required is to track the new features added to the leading integrated ALM Software solutions such as codeBeamer ALM. At enterprise level, the pix and mix approach to toolsets is obsolete, dead, its time to choose your Agile ALM Software. After all, your demands as developers are our demands for codeBeamer ALM.