Turkey. Stuffing. Mashed potatoes. Yams. Pumpkin pie. Lots of delicious food comes to mind when we think about Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect occasion to spend time with family and friends, enjoy some tasty meals, and reflect on what you’re most thankful for.
While you’re reflecting, you can also think about what you’re most thankful for in our world of app development and testing. Below are the top app development improvements that we are thankful for. Dig in.
Faster mobile development
Driven by the need for faster mobile application development, the tools, processes and services to achieve it are now coming to the fore. Rapid Application Development (RAD) is not just a buzzword, it is a business imperative. According to a survey of over 250 CIOs conducted by McKinsey, every enterprise will need to develop more than 25 applications in the next two years. If that seems daunting, be thankful that the means to achieve this are now available to any enterprise
Shift Left Testing
Because of the move across the mobile testing industry to focus more on Agile development and testing, bugs are now detected much earlier in the development process. Many enterprises are practicing the concept of “Shift Left,” which means that they are shifting their quality assurance and testing processes further to the left and earlier on in the lifecycle. This means that they catch bugs and defects at the very beginning, as the app is being developed, as opposed to at the end of the lifecycle when the flaw is already baked into the app. For enterprises, using Agile development and testing means that they get flawless, bug-free apps every time. This is certainly something to be thankful for.
The mobile-first enterprise
According to Gartner, “employees in today’s digital workplace use an average of three different devices in their daily routine, which will increase to five or six devices as technologies such as wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) eventually become mainstream.” Many of the employees in your enterprise are given the power to choose the apps, devices and the methods with which they want to complete a task, as enterprise app stores start to proliferate. Gartner says that by 2017 the market demand for mobile app development services is expected to increase five times faster than companies and IT departments can reasonably keep up with. As daunting as that may sound, as developers, we should be thankful for the opportunities as we figure out how to meet the demand.
The rise of the wearables market
The wearables market received a shot in the arm with the launch of the Apple Watch this year. With Apple’s marketing power behind the category, we can expect continuous growth in the sector for the foreseeable future. Although it means more work for developers — both a good thing and a bad thing depending on who you are — it certainly opens up a lot more possibilities. We can expect a more personal experience for consumers and businesspeople. Simpler interactions. More immediate access to data. It’s an exciting time to be a wearables developer and one that we have enjoyed playing a role in.
There is so much to be thankful for in the world of app development. Now is the perfect time to look around and be grateful for the positive direction in which the mobile industry is headed, and for the exciting opportunities ahead.
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