Monday, July 25, 2011

Emerging Trends affecting Software jobs

Mobile Application Development
The age of internet access via mobile is here and continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. According to an Olswang report as of March 2011, 22% of UK consumers had a smartphone (31% of 24-35 year olds) – and these numbers are only going to rise. It has been predicted that by Christmas this year 1 in every 2 Americans will have a smartphone - signifying a huge proportion of the global population.
So what does this mean for software developers?
Developers have become skilled in creating web applications, but with the rising need for these applications to be operated through mobile devices the original application can lose some of its usability. This is something that will continue to be an area of opportunity and growth within the industry, especially as the mobile platform market is yet to be monopolized. Android, Windows mobile and iPhone are all competing for the top spot and so before building mobile applications companies are having to analyse which platform is likely to give them the best long term stability.
Cloud Computing
Cloud computing has hit the headlines of technology news with a bang this year. With the likes of Apple, Microsoft and many of the other big guns creating their own "clouds" interest in cloud computing is peaking.
So what does this mean for software developers?
With increased interest and take up in the cloud, we're likely to see software head towards the pay-per-use route. Many applications are now bought and used infrequently, the cloud brings about the possibility of one host selling "use" of the application to many companies, offering reduced IT expenditure and a further ability to minimize spend on IT infrastructure.
Cloud is also being instrumental in turning software in to more of a service than a product. This means that certain service standards are going to apply and even become key when it comes to companies' bottom line.
Software Development Management
For a while now we have been seeing software development costs escalating. As a result the need has arisen for a better management of software development processes.
So what does this mean for software developers?
With companies looking at implementing efficiencies in software development processes, it's likely we'll begin to see alterations to the processes pretty quickly – something to keep an eye out for!

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