While COVID-19 might have incited a lot of change in the IT space, the largest projects organizations continue to press forward with all encompass one larger mindset – digital transformation. However, digital transformation can mean many different things depending on your organizational and industry definitions. Salesforce, for one example, describes digital transformation as a “reimagining of business in the digital age by using digital technologies to create new — or modify existing — business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements.”
With that definition in mind, it’s clear that these transformative efforts can have wide-reaching effects cutting across multiple industries. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), by the end of 2022, over $2 trillion will have gone into digital transformation projects from across the globe. The extent of this projected spending cements the idea that projects like these are here to stay and will make a huge impact for years to come. Organizations that place an emphasis on application development are no exception to this wave, recognizing the potential benefits for customers and internal employees alike.
Digital Transformation Projects in Application Development
When looking at digital transformation in the application development space, there are a few key projects we typically see, including:
- Transformation of legacy applications
- Upgrading/customizing applications
- Moving on premises applications to a cloud-based environment
- Development and progression of mobile applications
- Heavy emphasis on web development
While applications development has been a crucial department in nearly all organizations over the past several years, the shift toward even more advancements is accelerating in our current digital environment. Application development in an ever-evolving world has moved increasingly toward cloud initiatives, prioritization of ERP, CRM, and BI platforms, the development and use of mobile applications, and strong web platforms and portals. The reasoning behind this shift is simple; even with budgets being slashed, layoffs and furloughs, companies need to continue to evolve digitally in order to stay relevant in their given industry. If organizations halt the prioritization of these efforts, they will continue to fall behind competitors and lose market share.
Preparing for What’s Next
When organizations are deciding on how best to prepare for the digital transformation projects on the horizon, it’s important to recognize the skill sets that will be most in demand. A high performing team will need the right mix of technical skills and soft skills to get the job done. A cornerstone of these skill sets will be a few fundamental programming languages, including:
What does this mean for the future of application development? In short, it will continue to grow and evolve as rapidly as our technology. Organizations who want to keep their competitive edge will need to continue ramping up their app dev teams with programmers that are strong in not only their legacy application coding languages, but also their new, technologically advanced apps. This means building teams with strength on all fronts – on premises, cloud, mobile, and web development – is more important than ever.
If you’re currently planning an application development project or need to assemble a high-performing team ready for digital transformation, Medix Technology can help. Connect with our team today to learn more about our solutions, and let our experience guide your success.