How App Delivery Can Keep Pace With The Dynamic Market

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In today’s modern and technologically evolving market, the way people do business has changed drastically. Businesses are now much more dependent on software applications than ever before and this dependency has picked up its pace and is accelerating day by day. This phenomenon is also referred to as automation. In recent times, as per the report made by Ponemon Institute with application security vendor Prevoty, 57 percent of enterprises maintain 1000 to 5000 business applications. Additionally, as per Gartner, by the end of 2017, the demand for mobile applications will increase by at least five percent in the market. This pace has put many enterprises into a situation where they are unable to catch up with the pace of the market. In this article, we will discuss what companies can do to keep pace with this change, how they can innovate better and bring value to their products in this highly competitive market.

Why Application delivery must be parallel with market demand

With every new business prospect, you face a new programming challenge and every challenge has an opportunity in it. Companies must respond to these challenges and come up with solutions quickly. Nowadays business relies a lot on custom software applications and the numbers would keep you wondering whether the pace at which applications are being developed could ever match with business requirements. As per the research made by CEB, more than 75 percent of business professionals have agreed that IT plays a crucial role in meeting business goals and this undermined pace of application delivery affects their day to day business.

You can only overcome this challenge when you have the ability to innovate better and quicker than your competitors in the market. The more agile and innovative you are in your application development approach to solve these business logic, the more success you will get in your results. Focusing more on business logic customizations than on technology and coding can help you speed up your development process. Time-to-market is the key factor here for your software application which will later determine your Time to Business Results. When you hit a bull’s eye in these two key factors, you are on a verge of creating your own success story.   

Significance of Agile Methodology in App Delivery

Gone are the days when the development cycle used to last for months and where development team used to spend months in developing the code and pass it to testers who in turn used to take weeks to months in testing. “Collaborate” is a buzzing word now in IT companies and Agile methodology is the best possible way that can collaborate people possessing different skill sets together. In Agile, development, and testing happens simultaneously and software updates are released at regular interval post application launch. By doing this, companies get a chance to innovate better, and to meet their business requirements in less time when compared to legacy development processes like Waterfall.

Design and Code

With an increase in demand for software applications, developers are now grouping up and learning to design robust application architectures with enterprise capabilities which are easy to deploy, and this has given birth to Cloud-based Application Architectures. Cloud-based architectures avoid the need of installing physical servers and other hardware devices which saves an ample amount of time and money for the companies. This evolved way of designing the applications has created a new wave of opportunity for DevOps team members who are now part of a development team. DevOps team is like an internal IT operations team which is responsible for the release management and the turn-around time for the development team is greatly reduced when they run into any IT operations issues.

Another buzzing word in the app delivery domain Low Code Platforms. Low code platforms are very easy to use and anyone, not necessarily a developer, with zero to limited coding experience can build applications pretty quickly and easily.

Quality is of Paramount Importance

A worthy application meets the requirements of your business customers in all aspects. Meeting customer’s requirement is relatively a big term in any company and is not easy. It solely defines the quality of your application and how much your customer can rely on its features to fulfill their needs. These features can only be developed when you exactly know your customer requirements and design a robust development lifecycle accordingly.

Testing plays a very important role in an applications development lifecycle. Many IT Organizations give comparatively less time for testing than they give for development. But, this may result in errors, feature failures and security vulnerabilities which are symptoms of a bad quality product. Companies must give equal importance to both testing and development for a better end product. Following traditional testing process consumes a lot of time and there are chances where you can end up testing the same feature again and again. Companies must focus on developing and testing their products parallelly. This is the quickest way to build a high-quality product.

Continuous Delivery Model

As the market is evolving day by day, companies urge for an effective delivery model to keep up with the pace of the market which has lead the software industry towards a Continuous delivery model. This model empowers the Software Application to react as quickly as possible and keep up with the latest trend in the market. The continuous delivery model helps to keep the companies and their customers engaged and reduce the risk of not meeting the customer requirements and gives you a flexible release timelines. This results in software updates released at regular intervals of time and molds the applications as per the latest trend.

Proper talent in the Development Team

Software application development is definitely not a one-man job and requires a team effort to build a successful product. This team can be built more effectively when you decide the architecture of the application and the technology on which you are going to work on as selecting inappropriate technology would result in a great amount of rework. A recent survey by InformationWeek shows that 73 percent of employees at companies with less than 1000 employees and 88 percent of employees at larger companies feel challenged by the shortage in critical development talent. The team must be equipped with all sort of problem-solving skills required to achieve the business goals through their software applications.

Appropriate Support Applications for development

Though application delivery processes are adapting agile framework and varied support tools to keep up with pace with the market, application delivery is undermined and the process is focussed more on technology. The new age cloud-based application building and low code platforms are changing this. There are many low code platforms in the market which help the team to perform each and every activity which we have discussed earlier. Identifying these platforms and using them effectively will greatly enhance your development lifecycle by bringing the focus back on application business logic, achieving lower resources, lower time, lower code, high quality and overall faster delivery at a lower cost of ownership.