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App development today should be simple

App development today should be simple

March 26, 2014 0 Comments

App creation is important; there's no need for it to also be complex.

App creation is important; there's no need for it to also be complex.

Crucial operational processes can become overly complex, spreading confusion widely. Professionals should avoid this whenever possible, but it is easy to see how it can happen. For instance, now that businesses have discovered the value of enterprise Web applications for a wide variety of communication and productivity needs, they may end up bogged down in creating this software. Ballooning teams of specialized employees may end up coding and revising solutions barely quickly enough to keep up with demand. There are ways around this scenario, fortunately, and they start with selecting a better application development platform.

More applications and increased simplicity The need for more apps is fairly universal and only increasing. Rather than fighting against this development, organizations can choose instead to simplify the development process. If new software is faster and easier to create and distribute, the call for more functionality won't necessarily derail the IT department. This is where new Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) deployments can prove their worth. Working with these environments instead of legacy setups, developers can write less code and still create functionally impressive solutions. They also encourage collaboration between development and ops employees, shortening the testing process.

Particularly effective PaaS offerings may take this simplicity to a higher level, allowing workers from non-IT backgrounds to join development teams. This not only brings in fresh new perspectives, it also deepens the pool of potential developers and helps organizations create new software on a short cycle without committing to entirely new roles. PaaS works in a standard web browser and allows professionals to manipulate their in-progress apps without frequently delving into the code level. With a host of new employees contributing, the development cycle can contract naturally, permitting new apps to debut more often without straining resources.

New philosophies Empowered by the latest wave of PaaS app development environments, companies may become interested in changing the overall structure of their teams. The DevOps philosophy, in which development and operations teams coexist on a close level, could be the answer in these cases. The regimented process of creating code in one department then handing it off to another for testing is a drain on enterprise speed today. Businesses are focused on speeding each release cycle and freeing up time to make more software, meaning compressing development and ops into a single unit may represent a breakthrough in app creation.

Michelle Tackabery

An experienced content and social media marketing professional, Michelle writes frequently about the practical applications of information technology.

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