The software world once again stands on the brink of change with promises to exponentially accelerate application development and data usage as new resources appear on the horizon.
In early December, Rod Cope, Perforce’s chief technology officer, gave a keynote speech at DeveloperWeek Global: Enterprise Conference on “The Future of Software Development.” Turn to the famous Marc Andreessen quote about software “eat the world” and notice how things have changed since they were first pronounced. “That’s a 10-year-old quote at this point,” Cobb said. “What does that mean? Software companies are transforming the physical world into data in parts, applications, and software.”
For example, Amazon’s rise to prominence in e-commerce and e-books, the Netflix streaming service that upended Blockbuster, and Apple changed the game with digital music on physical media. “Don’t go to the music store in the mall to get a CD,” he said. “It’s parts; It is data. “
Such a change is not only among tech giants FAANG, Cobb said. Remote software updates to add features is very common these days. “Every organization is a software company now; you hear it all the time,” noting that development teams are growing rapidly to pursue digital transformation. “Recruiting and retaining developmental talent is among the top five list of strategic success for global CEOs,” Cobb said.
He framed the changes seen with the advent of the iPhone to where the market now stands as a nascent stage that determines what happens next. “We’re going to see 10 times that much change in this period, we’re in the middle of now,” Cobb said.
Factors driving change in the space include the technical response to the COVID pandemic and the increase in the number of online users who want to explore new ideas. Citing market intelligence firm IDC, Cobb said this momentum will lead to a ten-fold increase in applications and services leading to the digitization of half of the global economy, which by 2022 could approach two-thirds.
Hardware is still connected to software development, but he said that hardware may begin to disappear in some cases while computing power is on the way to rapidly climbing, including with the development of quantum computers. “VW is talking about doing complete city traffic management using quantum computers,” Kopp said. This may also lead to quantitative artificial intelligence and the development of DNA-specific drugs. Referring to Gartner’s prediction that quantum computing will be a revolutionary technology in about 10 years, he said, seismic shifts may be underway. “We’re talking about global, life-changing things to come,” Cobb said.
The stories below are a glimpse into InformationWeek’s coverage of software development and DevOps in 2021 that may help IT leaders shape strategies for 2022:
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