Enterprise development and DevOps tools

Digital transformation and the move to the cloud is pushing enterprise development and technology teams to new heights of prowess. The demand for greater software capability, more seamless integration, better data management, and comprehensive oversight means that enterprise software development, developer, and DevOps tools are in high demand. Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA) are set to streamline businesses and reduce global operating costs by billions. This new status quo is putting enterprise developers and DevOps teams under pressure to discover or create and implement new software to keep their organisations ahead of the transformation curve.

Compelling developer tool market growth

As the demand for software development grew so too did developer workloads, and corporate expectations and spending on developer tools. In 2010, as per Forbes Technology Councils Member Jevon MacDonald, “tech’s shrewdest investors began placing big bets on developer tools.” The segment, says MacDonald, “evolved into a compelling growth story.” DevOps is the integration of developers, operational IT teams, and software users. It’s a lean methodology for agile infrastructure where software development is combined with its end environment. DevOps represents a new level of enterprise digital efficiency, is born of digital transformation, and means that software can be developed and deployed at speed. The adoption of DevOps practices, cloud and emerging technologies not only means that cutting-edge software development and application building tools are in demand but also software testing tools and tools for API integration, as well as data visualisation and report creation interfaces for management and oversight. According to Grand View Research, the DevOps tools and solutions market is predicted to reach a value of $13 billion by 2025. Integrating emerging technologies into existing technology stacks will only serve to drive demand higher.

Developer tools, artificial intelligence, and software creation

Advanced technologies such as high-performance computing (HPC) enabling fast parallel processing, and artificial intelligence (AI), need developer tools such as Intel Parallel Studio XE. A product designed specifically for HPC and AI software developers, enterprise and cloud application developers, and business and data analysts. Intel Parallel Studio XE enables the development of high-performance parallel code in order to accelerate workloads across enterprise, cloud, HPC and AI applications. Intel Parallel Studio XE is a suite of tools that makes it easier to build code using the latest techniques in vectorisation, multithreading, multimode parallelisation, and memory optimisation. Intel argues that HPC and AI development needs a common platform. JetBrains tools are also used by many .NET developers and organisations like Salesforce and even NASA. Its products allow software developers to build faster, creating clean, quality code, and automating development tasks. JetBrains has a focus on development team collaboration to reduce costs and eliminating code issues which can take 30% and more of a developers time. JetBrains polled 7,000 software developers to learn more about the developer ecosystem, with Java and JavaScript as the most popular programming languages, the rate of growth of Go has made it the most promising, but Python is the most studied language. 49% of developers had used Python in the twelve months prior to the study, 61% HTML and CSS, and 56% SQL. Windows is still the prevalent OS with 57% of the developer market questioned, and 60% of developers are working on back-end web development. In terms of tools, JetBrains found 80% of developers used source code collaboration tools, 75% standalone IDEs, 71% lightweight desktop editors, and 45% continuous delivery tools. Other regularly utilised tools included issue trackers, static analysis tools, code review tools, and in-cloud editors. Another example of a popular DevOps tool is JFrog Artifactory, a universal repository manager that enables universal artefact management for DevOps acceleration. JFrog products integrate with almost any development environment, from legacy code to the most recent containers and micro-services. For complete suites of product design, workflow, and collaboration InVision is a digital design platform that can reduce the time to bring digital products to market by 6.5 weeks without reducing quality. A key benefit in a developer sphere where the need to deliver viable products quickly is substantial, especially as the rate of digital transformation and new capabilities accelerates. As per Market Research Future the mobile application development market, worth over $60 billion in 2019, is still growing at a rate of 14% CAGR and is expected to supersede a value of $100 billion by 2022. In the enterprise software market, estimated to be worth $634 billion by the end of 2023, as well as in the consumer software market, there is still demand for desktop as well as cloud software. This all-round software growth leaves room for tools such as Advanced Installer, used for creating application packaging and deployment options such as Windows installation and update sequences. When used for enterprise software development, Advanced Installer has powerful features and can create reliable software installers that can reduce support costs that are incurred due to improper installs.

Software testing and API management

The key to DevOps methodology is an agile, collaborative approach that speeds the time to implementation of software creation and deployment. Yet with cybersecurity critical and threats rising, coupled with the need to shorten product or service time-to-market, rigorous software testing is an absolute must. BrowserStack offers software developers the facility to test applications and websites on over 2,000 devices and browsers. It’s used by the likes of Microsoft and over 25,000 other customers globally and can be incorporated directly into a developer’s technology stack. Another developer toolkit, SmartBear, was named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation. It provides user interface (UI), functional, loading and cross-browser testing. SmartBear’s suite incorporates the full range of tools for the software development lifecycle including design, creation, management, and monitoring. Effective integration and growth are vital for software developers and DevOps teams and for successful software creation, launch, and sustainability. Application programming interfaces (APIs) provide functionality and connective tissue. Third-party APIs too, enable distributed and modular alternative software that can be assembled into more complex applications. Tyk is an API and API service management platform that be installed into enterprise infrastructure enabling API accessibility for everyone.

Data visualisation, analytics and reporting

The high-performance data analytics market is estimated to reach a value of $149 billion by 2024. This is driven by HPC systems and big data analytics with software collecting and processing billions of items of data. It’s also pushing the need for software tools and software development tools, and analytics platforms to overview both enterprise software systems and the data that is produced. Nevron is a visualisation suite with cross-platform compatibility for developers allowing them to create essential data and performance reporting in the visual format expected. Nevron is available in formats for Windows and Mac development, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), .NET and SharePoint development. Another popular tool, QuickReport, is a set of components and controls that allows branded reports to be designed and previewed. Its functionality can be integrated into many software developments and programs.

DevOps predictions for 2020

There is no doubt that digital transformation and emerging technologies as well as the agile methodology of DevOps is driving demand for enterprise development tools and DevOps tools. The DevOps evolution looks set to continue. As reported by DevPro Journal, build, test, and deploy will be a priority for DevOps in 2020. The focus will be on continuous integration and continuous delivery, and DevOps teams need to move fast, developing and testing smaller units to eventually achieve a high-quality application. We also expect increasing automation of repetitive development tasks, as developers look to technologies and approaches that help faster builds and quicker identification of bugs. This trend is clearly based on the rapid adoption of automated, drag-and-drop, pre-packaged features so that developers can focus on creating competitive and unique products and services.