Getting off Apple and going all Google has increased my respect for both companies. I've come to realize that the very best mobile experience right now is built on a foundation of Google services on Apple hardware. I wish only that these two companies could get along better, and that Apple will allow more Google integration on the iPhone.
Welcome to the new world of development
IT consumerization is affecting much more than application design and device delivery, moving into the world of development and bespoke application design. If Bring Your Own Device is changing infrastructure and security thinking, what will be the longer term effects of Bring Your Own Developer?
While we’ve always had end-users building applications in tools like Access and Excel, a new generation of languages and development tools has changed the way applications are built – substituting scripting languages for C++, cloud services and public data sources for line-of-business systems, and web-based visual development environments for the command line. It’s a democratization of development, much like the combination of cloud and bring your own device is a democratization of infrastructure.
The new world of development, with web-savvy user-developers, owes much to the work done by Web 2.0 developers. Open APIs from web giants like Google made it easy to quickly mash-up your own data with the web, and popularized the technologies that are at the heart of today’s new generation of API-as-a-Service companies like telephony service Twilio.
Development consultancy ThoughtWorks' quarterly Technology Radar report gives an interesting overview of the current development landscape, looking at the tools, methodologies, technologies and APIs that are moving in and out of fashion in organizations around the world. While ThoughtWorks focuses on the technologies used in IT departments, the same trends are affecting the ad-hoc and end-user development.
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Brandon Porco, the chief technologist for defense contractor Northrop Grumman, says that IT will have to try lots of different things and move quickly to keep abreast of evolving employee needs. "Google has it very well-patterned: Launch and iterate."
Although Apple is often accused of not being an enterprise company, it's only in the last few years that Apple has abandoned its enterprise-oriented products. The real story may be that Apple's discovered that making enterprise-focused efforts simply don't deliver a huge return on investment.