Five Big Trends in Enterprise Software Development

Which enterprise software development trends will be making the news next year? eWeek says these five areas will be key:

  1. HTML 5 — While Flash isn’t going away completely anytime soon, look for HTML 5 to continue to pick up steam next year. “HTML5 is coming on strong as a standard, accelerated by the speed of change of hardware devices,” said Al Hilwa, an analyst with IDC. “By 2013, we will reach a point where 90 percent of smartphones and tablets will sport HTML5-capable browsers.”
  2. Web-based IDEs — Cloud development should continue to grow in popularity with players like Eclipse Orion, Cloud9 IDE, eXo Cloud IDE and others leading the way.
  3. Big Data and Analytics — “Data has become the new currency,” said Kevin Dallas, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded general manager. Look for Hadoop to continue increasing in popularity.
  4. Java PaaS — “One of the most important trends in 2012 will be the maturation of Java PaaS [platform as a service],” said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop Technologies. “While the transition will be a long one, Oracle’s Java Cloud culminates key announcements around PaaS offerings in 2011, and sends a signal that Java developers [should] start considering PaaS solutions as the deployment destination of new applications.”
  5. Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) – Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said that enterprise developers are incorporating more Agile ALM tools into the development process.

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