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The mobile app development market is expanding its reach with every passing day. Today, saying that ‘there’s an app for everything’ isn’t wrong at any point. Mobile apps have made an impeccable space in the ‘to-do-lists’ of many companies. Even the smartphone users have built a distinct relation with these mobile applications.

The mobile app market

According to a report released by Statista, the Gross Annual Revenue of mobile app market will cross $189 billion by 2020. Another report shares that in the preceding year, users have downloaded 149.3 billion apps to their connected devices. And it is expected that t he same figure will touch the mark of 352.9 billion app downloads by 2021.

But Wait!!

Before the astounding figures attract you with its exponential growth, here’s the other side of the coin. According to a Mobile commerce daily report, 45% retail mobile app users aren’t satisfied with their mobile app experience.
Another report shares that in its first three days, an average mobile app loses 77% of its daily active users and 90% in 30 days.

Things to consider

No doubts that the mobile app market is expanding at a good pace, but as reports suggest, the users are still having incomplete expectations from the mobile applications. If you want to surpass the hurdles and succeed in the app world, it is important to build a user-centric mobile application.
Though everyone might plan to build an app of the kind, but not all succeed to win the hearts of users. This is why here we are sharing few points that you need to consider while building a mobile app.

1: Understanding the user

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that, you need to do a thorough research of your target audience, their current status, and what they expect to have in their mobile application. You need to study their likes and dislikes before adding the features to your mobile application. You can also try learning about the device that the large section of your target audience is using.

2: Impel yet attractive UI

You don’t really have to show all your ‘creativity’ while building the user interface of your mobile application. Keep it simple and easy to access. Ensure that the content is clearly visible, design elements are friendly, and the controls are placed at the right place. A tangled user interface can be a major reason behind user in satisfaction.

3: Compatibility

There are numerous smartphones and tablets available in the market. This variety has different screen sizes and orientation. You need to code and design your application keeping in mind all these smart devices irrespective of their screen size, OS, etc. To ensure this, you can test your mobile application on various devices.

4: Internet bandwidth

The primary reason behind this massive inclination towards the mobile applications is the time and efforts people save through them. If your mobile application takes a comparatively extra time to load at low internet bandwidth, your app users may eventually abandon your application. It is important that during the testing phase, you conduct a thorough test for the connectivity related performance issues also. Once you have the result with you, it’s time to work on presenting the best surfing experience to your users, irrespective of the network connectivity.

5: Release updates

You don’t have to present all your skills and expertise at the first launch of your mobile application. And the fact is, you can’t even do that. It is important that with the passing days, you learn through your mistakes and accordingly release updates. The best way to do this is through user reviews. Don’t leave them unattended. Check what your users expect from the application, and how you can retain them for long. It has been noticed that app updates are the best way to keep users engaged with your brand.

6: Security

With the increasing reach of IoT, the security breach has become quite common these days. Users think thrice before sharing their personal details or giving app permissions. While on one hand, you need to ensure their data safety, on the other side you also need to take care that you don’t ask them for the app permissions which are not linked or relevant to your mobile app.


The mobile app industry is going through series of changes. With every passing day, users are expecting something new, innovative, and more user-centric. The enhancing needs have indeed given rise to a tougher competition. The points listed above can indeed be of great help if implemented religiously.

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Mobile apps are designed to fulfill several business objectives such as to generate new revenue streams, enhance brand equity and to engage users to name a few. Today, the app market is flooded with innumerable apps and due to this, it has become a challenge to compel your target audience to download your app and use it on a regular basis. Hence, it is important to offer a great app and for this there is a need to understand the fundamentals of mobile app development. When it comes to knowing the fundamentals, it is essential to know about UI/UX. This is because the success of a mobile app largely depends on its UI/UX. Due to this, several renowned app development companies like Appinventiv pays a lot of attention on UI/UX design for apps.

There is no denying that when you are ready with amazing UI/UX design then only you are at a higher chance of achieving your goal of developing best apps. Before delving deeper, learning the differences between the terms User Interface and User Experience is beneficial for great mobile app development.

This is what I am going to discuss in this blog so that you can grab a better understanding of both these design terms. So, without further ado, get into your learning shoes.

Taking a Glimpse of User Experience

User Experience which is commonly used as UX is defined as the area of the design where designers work on enhancing the overall experience of the user. UX of a mobile app influences how users perceive it.

This aspect usually determines if a user will return to your app of if he will abandon an app after only one use. In order to accomplish the task of creating a wonderful UX, there is a need to follow a process, which generally involves proper research and strategy, user personas, user stories and prototyping

A Brief Insight Into User Interface

Talking about interface design, it is not just about buttons as well as navigation menus, but it is about the interaction between the user as well as the app. In simple words, it is about the way an app works.

Listed below are some essential elements of a great UI:


In order to provide great UI in mobile app development, you have to make sure that everything is clear through language as well as visuals. There should be no need of manuals to show the working of an app.


Don’t forget to keep your interface consistent across your app so that usage patterns can be easily recognized.

Good Speed

Good UI should not feel slow. You can provide feedback when the screen is loading and this will enhance the UI by informing users about the happenings.

Familiar Elements

You should use common symbols, icons, buttons and colors. This way you can make your users feel more comfortable and confident when using the mobile app.

In conclusion, you should not forget that people may be drawn to your app because of its great design, but they are likely to stick around if they are able to fulfill their goals. Hence, UI and UX are very important for qualitative mobile app development services.

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Which Apple Mac should you get to begin app development? With Xcode and Apple Swift, app development on iPhone and iPad has been simplified. Here’s our recommendation of the right Mac to get.

If you’re an app developer, or are considering trying your hand at creating your own app in the future, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we look at which Mac is best for developers.

Apple’s Swift programming language means that creating and building an app for MacOS or iOS is more accessible than ever, and it’s easy to get them onto the App Store in order to sell them too.

If you’re keen on learning app development, this article will also give you some pointers about what you’ll need to get started with app development once you’ve got the right Mac.

How much power does your Mac need?

Choosing the right Mac for development can be a challenge. Apple creates a whole range of Mac laptops and desktop computers. All Apple Macs are great computers but some are better suited to app development than others.

Software development scales up depending on the size and complexity of the program you are making. Macs vary in power from the entry-level MacBook right up to the Mac Pro.

If all you want to do is start to learn development and get a regular app onto the app store then any of Apple’s current Mac line-up, including its laptops, should be powerful enough to do the job.

Unlike creating video or music; creating code doesn’t use up huge amounts of hard drive space, and if you’re creating iOS apps you don’t need a lightning-fast processor or a high-end graphics card.

Obviously, this doesn’t narrow the choice down much (or at all, for that matter). It now becomes a question of how much money you want to spend, and which will provide the best coding environment.

What screen size is best for app development?

What is useful for software development is screen estate. Coding is a complex task that sometimes requires intense focus, but more often it requires research and tracking.

Coders often need to have several programs and windows open at once: the Xcode developer environment, web browser, and perhaps a separate text editor, SQL Database editor, and much more. Development seems to be one of a task that requires everything MacOS has to offer.

So you need a Mac with a big screen, or you need to attach a big screen to your Mac.

Let’s be clear: if you value a notebook and portability is important to you, then a MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro will do just fine for app development, and you can attach a monitor to these models for larger screen estate. (Find out more in our complete guide to buying a MacBook).

But with a MacBook you pay a lot extra for a small screen that will feel cramped when programming, so if portability is important we’d look to Apple’s Mac range instead.

What’s the best value Mac for app development?

Mac Mini

The Mac Pro is overkill for most developers so the choice is between an iMac or Mac mini with a display.

At £479 the Mac mini is the best value Mac, and it offers more than enough power and storage for app development. What it doesn’t come with is a display, so you’ll need to source one separately.

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Modern apps excel not only because of slick user interfaces but because of their back-end services. Through these cloud-based, back-end services, app data can be accessed through different devices. With the increasing complexity of mobile apps, modern development is getting more complicated. Eighty percent of developers’ time is taken up by back-end development, developers need a better way to meet the demands of the market.

Mobile back-end-as-a-service (MBaaS) is designed for a simple purpose: to give mobile developers the ability to build quality apps faster, without neglecting security or availability. This is accomplished by reusing proven back-end services through unified integration methods.

MBaaS can be compared to putting different phone cases onto your phone. You can change how it looks, similar to changing how an app looks through its user interface, but that core functionality of the phone is still the same. Each time you want to update the look of your phone, you can get a new case, rather than a completely new phone.

MBaaS provides a consistent way to connect to prebuilt, external, behind-the-user-interface functionalities, like enabling push notifications, linking to social media, or connecting to cloud storage, so developers are not required to reinvent these services that their applications need to access.

This technology helps to boost mobile innovation in a number of ways, including productivity, flexibility and agility:


These days, MBaaS can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, depending on project needs. Although there’s no standard definition of what types of services should be included in MBaaS, the following are some common MBaaS APIs for reference:

  • User management
  • Push notifications
  • Social network integration
  • File and data services
  • Usage analytics

These services are required in most of the modern mobile applications. It may be wise to reuse them across different projects and applications with centralized control and monitoring. Through a survey of 100 developers, it was found that back-end-as-a-services could reduce dev time by about 44 percent. Furthermore, the services provided by MBaaS are usually well-tested and optimized in order to stay competitive in the market. With those shared APIs, development productivity can be greatly improved and developers can refocus their front-end core features from the low-level back-end tasks.


Some leading MBaaS vendors provide advanced-service APIs and software development kits (SDKs), which allow developers to assemble apps with their advanced yet inexpensive services. These services, such as mobile AI solutions, would be very difficult and time-consuming for developers to build on their own from scratch. Such services are usually billed in pay-as-you-go models to minimize the up-front investments, giving companies the flexibility to assemble and test those advanced features for market testing. The development costs can now be spread over a longer period of time, and the investment can be easily justified once the market needs are verified.


In traditional mobile development, end-to-end development is needed from the back-end infrastructure to the front-end application. Developers only need to focus on their apps and data, and they don’t need to worry about the underlying infrastructure and networks. Because most of the infrastructure is automatically provisioned and back-end services are prebuilt and tested, the development cycle can be much shorter, with reduced time spent on testing. With the shorter development cycle, application products can be rolled out faster, with shorter iteration cycles, to gather user feedback.

In short, there are a couple of benefits of leveraging MBaaS for mobile innovation instead of building everything on your own. Start leveraging MBaaS as an emerging powerful platform to boost your company’s innovations.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 14th annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium today announced Alpha Software Corporation has been selected, as one of only ten companies and as the only mobile development platform, for its 2017 Innovation Showcase. The Company’s Alpha Anywhere rapid application development and deployment platform allows companies to gain a very significant competitive advantage because it allows them to move much faster, react more rapidly and spend substantially less on development of mobile and Web applications.

Complex, rich-data capture applications can be built in hours with Alpha Anywhere versus weeks or months with alternative products. This represents a 2 orders of magnitude advantage for Alpha Anywhere users. Many of the world’s most influential IT executives will receive key exposure to Alpha Software at the Innovation Showcase on May 24, 2017.

“Selection as the InfoWorld Technology of the Year, selection as a Finalist for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium’s Innovation Showcase and other recent recognition further validate Alpha Anywhere’s uniqueness, relevance and value in the market,” said Richard Rabins, CEO. “Enterprises continue to adopt the product due to its unmatched speed of development, rich feature set with no limits and cost savings. We look forward to participating in the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium to educate a wider audience of CIOs about the productivity that well-designed, low-code application development platforms can afford companies.”

With organizations under pressure to quickly mobilize hundreds of business processes, Alpha Anywhere offers 80-90% reduction in both time and development costs to build and deploy enterprise mobile apps. The platform’s coding-optional, front-end and back-end architecture empowers less skilled developers in business units and in IT, expanding the base of employees who can build mobile apps. The standards-based platform offers the industry’s most robust, built-in offline capability; exceptional rich media support, easy integration with corporate systems of record; and the fastest path to building mobile optimized forms with rich mobile data capture. Alpha Anywhere apps can be deployed on premise or in the cloud, and can be easily updated from a single code base. Apps built in Alpha Anywhere run on the desktop or any mobile device and are indistinguishable from native apps.

“It is with great honor that we recognize these 10 companies for our 2017 Innovation Showcase,” said Anton Teodorescu, Co-Chair of the Innovation Showcase. “The Symposium provides an opportune environment for these companies to form valuable partnerships with CIOs and a platform to demonstrate their technologies that are building the digital enterprise.”

After careful consideration, the Innovation Showcase Judges evaluated and selected Alpha Software as the only rapid app development platform for this honor based on important criteria:

  • Have a B2B or B2C enterprise IT solution product in the market;
  • Are selling enterprise IT solutions to CIOs or corporate IT departments; and
  • Show innovation and/or strategic value and potential impact on the top and/or bottom lines.

For a full list of Innovation Showcase finalists visit

The Innovation Showcase will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Kresge courtyard tent on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at MIT in Cambridge, MA. The full agenda for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is available at

About Alpha Software Corporation
Alpha Software products deliver significant productivity gains to developers of all levels building cross-platform mobile and web business apps. Alpha Anywhere is a front-end and back-end, low-code, rapid mobile application development and deployment environment. Alpha Anywhere applications showcase built-in offline capability, easy integration with existing data and applications, and advanced security. Developers and business leaders in thousands of organizations across one hundred countries have used Alpha Software products to cost-effectively deploy enterprise applications with outstanding user experiences. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter at @AlphaSoftware.

About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives explore enterprise technology innovations, business practices and receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today and the future. The Symposium offers a unique learning environment by bringing together the academic thought leadership of MIT with the in-the-trenches experience of leading, global CIOs and industry experts. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR).

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Developing mobile applications is not yet a pain-free process for IT shops. Red Hat Summit session speakers and attendees sound off on some of the challenges.

Speakers and attendees at last week’s Red Hat Summit addressed some of those challenges. Here is what they had to say about designing apps with the user experience in mind, getting ROI from mobility and more.

“App development is being driven by mobile; modern application development is mobile.”
Steve O’Keefe, product line director, Red Hat

Today, mobility and the app development process go hand in hand. A modern application now means agile apps that translate seamlessly from desktops to smartphones and tablets, O’Keefe said.

IT shops delving into mobile application development have options — from shifting legacy desktop apps to the cloud or building native in-house apps. But no matter the method, developers have to keep the mobile user experience in mind.

“There is no way you can be doing modern app development without considering the screen real estate for smartphones and tablets,” O’Keefe said.

“Mobile apps can take off or totally flop.”
Chad Holmes, senior mobile solutions architect, Red Hat

For organizations that are trying to modernize apps for employees or customers, there are costs to consider — from mobile app development to deployment and lifecycle management.

These costs can be difficult to measure and are often retrospective, but “get more accurate over time,” Holmes said in a session on the ROI of enterprise mobility.

Chief components of mobile ROI include increased productivity and time to market. Companies looking to save money on the mobile application development process would do better launching a set of the five or six business apps the workforce needs versus one big, “killer app,” Holmes said. Otherwise, it can be expensive to build in-house and not worth the time and effort.

“There is no easy answer,” Holmes said.

“Mobile has created a demand for streamlining.”
Joe Stanganelli, enterprise technology consultant, attorney and writer

The advent of mobility has fueled the user’s need for instant gratification. Due to this expectation, “data needs to be more instantaneously and ubiquitously accessible,” Stanganelli said.

Another need that has arisen in the mobile age is enterprise adoption of flexible software to help meet user demands. To keep up with user demand, IT admins must push out apps and their updates more quickly. Because of this, some organizations are beginning to adopt a more continuous delivery model, Stanganelli said.

One thing that can stymie app developers, on the other hand, is if they get hammered with bad reviews in the app store, for instance, he added.

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Crowd With Hands On Their Shoulders and Social Network.

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The explosion of mobile devices and apps has completely disrupted .NET development.  While desktop and web applications remain popular in enterprises, the same developers have had to adapt their applications for mobile devices or develop entirely new mobile apps.  Syncfusion was an early supporter of Xamarin that continued to enhance its offerings as Xamarin matured and was more deeply integrated with Microsoft products post-acquisition.  Syncfusion has also changed its revenue model from per-seat licensing to flat-fee, which is great news for enterprise developers in any size organization.

“The rapid expansion of mobile space was somewhat of a shock for C# developers because up until that time, everything was Microsoft-centric,” said Daniel Jebaraj, vice president at Syncfusion.  “A number of them had to figure out how to get their critical applications onto iOS and Android devices, which was challenging because they had to learn Java, Objective-C or Swift, or hire the talent.”

Some developers side-stepped the problem by building mobile websites or mobile applications that were really wrappers around a website, but the user experience wasn’t the same as a native application.  The Xamarin platform was an attractive option, and it’s a lot more attractive now that Xamarin dovetails well with the .NET stack.

Reuse Code
One of Xamarin’s main features is its ability to reuse code.  However, developers also want best-of-breed functionality.  Syncfusion’s Xamarin controls that are similar to the ones it built for desktop and web environments.  Now, Syncfusion offers more than 90 Xamarin controls which include chart and grid controls, a calendar control, a Kanban control, a treemap, an Excel-like spreadsheet, gauges, and reporting packages for Excel, PDF and PowerPoint – all in one package.

“Our controls are well-integrated with the Visual Studio environment so you can work with them just as you work with Microsoft’s native controls,” said Jebaraj.  “They behave the same way as Microsoft controls and they are designed for optimal performance.  If you’re maintaining an application on a XAML platform such as WPF, then a lot of that code will simply carry over.”

Syncfusion provides about 80 percent of the standard building blocks enterprise application developers need to build app so they can focus on innovation rather than reinventing controls that are available off-the-shelf.

Get Everything You Need, And More
Syncfusion’s unlimited license gives developers access to more than 800 components and ready-to-use platforms for Big Data, data integration, dashboards and reports – everything developers need to build stunning applications for desktop, web, and mobile users plus the tools they need for data, analytics and reporting.

“We’ve spent a lot of time and effort building our finished platform products because we see customers building things like dashboards and reports over and over again,” said Jebaraj.  “They’re fairly complex products to build and support, and fairly expensive to license from other vendors.”

Syncfusion has spent several years building its dashboarding and reporting products, both of which rival some the most popular data visualization and reporting packages available today.  Users get access to all the functionality they need to build highly aesthetic, high performance decision-making tools on which today’s businesses rely.

“We license those products along with our controls so the same team using our controls can benefit from pre-packaged products and deploy them as these as they stay fit,” said Jebaraj.
“You can also customize them and embed them in an application using our SDK.”

Get a Flat-fee License
Syncfusion now offers annual flat-fee licenses so the number of developers using the product is now irrelevant. In addition, its licensing model has flexibility built in so customers can buy licenses scoped to a project, a department, or a line of business.

“We used to license by the seat, but it was challenging for us and our customers,” said Jebaraj.
“We don’t want to be a position where we’re counting heads, we don’t want to put our customers in a position where they’re counting heads, so we came up with the idea of a flat license which is a flat fee paid every year.”

For example, an organization with $100 million annual revenue would pay just $4,000 for a global license, which is what Syncfusion used to charge for two seats. The new revenue model has been popular among existing customers and it has also attracted many new customers who have discovered that the flat fee is more affordable than competitive options.

“Any company that is doing a lot of development in house can potentially save a lot of money on licensing costs,” said Jebaraj.  “We find the new model to be better for our customers and better for us.”

Another thing that distinguishes Syncfusion from its competitors is its heavy investment in R&D.  That strategy has enabled Syncfusion and its customers to continually deliver greater value.

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Software developing company Coding Sans has just released a 2017 report, the State of Software Development, in order to take a look at the trends, challenges and tactics that the modern software developer is facing today. Here’s a quick summation of key points from the report, which polled over 120 workers within the industry.

Javascript Is the Biggest Primary Language

Over half of those surveyed (52.38 percent) named Javascript as their primary coding language, while Java and Python came in second and third, respectively.

74 Percent Allow Remote Work

One oft-discussed element of tech startups, remote work, featured in the survey: 74.6 percent allow it already, and of the remaining 25.4 percent, another 15.62 percent plan to allow it within another year.

That’s a great sign, given the recent statistic that a full 98 percent of remote workers believe flexible work options help out their productivity.

Most Important Hiring Criteria: Work Experience

Better brush up on your resume.

“Not surprisingly,” the report explains, “68.50 percent of startups consider work experience as one of the most important hiring criteria, following cultural fit (59.84 percent) and test project (31.5 percent) and side projects (30.71 percent).”

The Biggest Challenge: Hiring Talent

The report showed that 35.48 percent of respondents agree: The biggest challenge today’s startups face is hiring talent. Other concerns include prioritizing development and managing human capacity for the project. Here’s how most software developers are solving their talent issue:

“The most popular way to overcome this challenge is to hire a head hunter or agency and also to use professional connections to get talent on board. Another way is to allocate more time for hiring and posting job offers on job websites.”

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The world of software development is a fast paced and ever changing landscape.

Developers want to work on exciting things. New tools, languages, frameworks and innovations are constantly emerging and revolutionizing the industry.

So, are you taking advantage of these software development trends that will help you ship great software applications with greater speed, efficiency and accuracy?

The rise of ChatOps to automate manual tasks

The extraordinary growth of Slack, shook up the chat application industry and gave it a whole new lease of life. This has led to more and more companies adopting team chat applications to assist in conducting key business operations, including the building and shipping software applications.

Interacting with your team members using a chat application is only scratching the surface of what these tools can do for fast paced organizations. Automated bots, powerful integrations and workflow tools, all help teams ship software with greater ease and efficiency.

Bots have turned traditional automation via scripting on its head (e.g. a system administrator with a deployment script) – and moved this to a shared command / control infrastructure.

People don’t need access to production environments directly if it is managed through a centralized bot. If the bot has the necessary permissions, anyone on the team can deploy their code using the right commands. New team members can be up and running within minutes rather than hours and user permissions become encapsulated by the bot itself.

Ultimately, bots can create common and consistent workflows. They are reliable servants to your team’s commands and reduce the overheads and complexities human involvement can bring.

Things such as build status, deployment status, commits and merges in source control can all be given visibility to everyone on your team instantly.

Constant visibility within your team ensures there is no confusion as to the status of any particular task along the software development production line. Even real time error notifications can be made visible right within your team chat.

No longer will you be exposed to human error, but you’ll also not need to employ a human’s time to move things forward. You can essentially put an end to error-prone hand-typed SQL statements or automate tests around repeated commands.

Managers that see chat applications as a productivity killer, likely don’t know the range of productivity benefits they can bring to developer teams.

Using software intelligence to find problems before users do

The world’s most innovative software companies are now adopting software intelligence tools to focus on resolving issues that are affecting their customers directly.

Rather than simply monitoring their software team’s dashboards for effects on high level trends, teams are starting to realize they can take advantage of a deeper level of insights into their software’s faults.

Traditional application performance monitoring tools (APM) are commonplace in enterprise level organizations. The next generation of monitoring tools are allowing teams to dig even deeper into the true experience of end users.

Software intelligence gives you the ability to automatically detect when a user’s experience was poor and how you can improve it, with full diagnostic details being provided for every individual user error, crash or performance issue.

Consolidating all of your monitoring into one software intelligence platform allows you to merge things like performance data with error and crash reporting data to figure out where problems are stemming from, or view a full user session and what actions were taken before an error occurred.

Because data is combined, rather than siloed between products and teams, the level of insight you can obtain into your applications is truly ground-breaking.

Teams are now offered the power to resolve issues with greater speed and accuracy, creating perfect software experiences for their customers and replicating any software bugs or crashes they have experienced with ease.

This not only creates healthier software, the ROI for this level of tooling is profound, with teams able to spend less time digging through logs for answers and more time shipping new features.

Software intelligence allows you to pinpoint the root causes of issues that are affecting your customers, gaining deeper insights into software health than you ever had before.

Thanks to software intelligence, application monitoring has reached a new level, and your customers will thank you for it.

Safely deploying your code multiple times per day

Long gone are the days of the ‘big bang’ release. Even tech giants such as Microsoft have ditched gigantic release cycles and opted for smaller, consistent streams of updates to the core Windows OS.

Continuous deployment aims to minimize the time between writing new code and getting it into the hands of your users in production environments. This is largely done using infrastructure that automates the various steps leading up to releasing software into the wild.

When these tests are successful, the live application that users are interacting with is updated with the new code changes. If tests fail, human intervention can be made to fix the issue promptly or roll back to previous versions.

Using these tools, teams now have the ability to ship consistently and safely multiple times per day. Amazon has successfully removed the bottleneck for manual deployments and manages to release code every few seconds.

If your team are working towards big scary release days and deadlines, without a full view of the impacts over releases, perhaps it’s time you considered moving your model over to continuous deployment.

Continuous deployment isn’t hard if you have the right people, processes and tools in place.

Every change made to your code that passes automated tests can be deployed to production automatically. All without the fear that end users are going to encounter broken features and functionality.

With a multitude of tools now available, moving to a continuous deployment model has never been easier.

Over to you

So how did you score? Which of these trends have your development team already implemented within your own organization? What software development trends do you think will take off over the next few years?

The low barrier to entry for all of these tools and processes means developers are unshackling themselves from long and complex workflows and becoming increasingly efficient. The biggest barrier to adopting new innovations is the change in mindset and systems that have already been put in place.

For those that adopt these industry innovations, they look set to provide better ROI for their managers, enjoy faster release cycles and higher quality software than their counterparts.

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DevSecOps, the key ingredient for serving up new software

DevSecOps — it’s a mouthful, but also a buzzword that makes a clear point: Security now must become the central ingredient, the filling if you will, in the DevOps sandwich. Without security, DevOps may make software development faster. But in the end, all that effort will likely prove fruitless: What’s the point, after all, of releasing new software that’s loaded up with security vulnerabilities?In the past, security was too often an afterthought in the software development lifecycle, and the security team was sometimes even seen as a roadblock to the launch of new software. Implementing DevSecOps means getting both the development and operations teams thinking about security all the time and employing security tools and processes to prevent flaws from happening in the first place. This handbook on DevSecOps explains in depth why IT professionals need to consider security a key ingredient in software creation and how to fit security into their development process.There are several key steps any corporate team involved in software development needs to know about how to turn DevOps into DevSecOps.

This includes meeting with other teams (risk managers are important to consult, for instance), training, logging, defining duties and understanding what already installed security tools can do — and what others might be needed.

We hope that, by studying this guide to DevSecOps, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of how and why security should not be considered optional when it comes to the software development process and what exactly you need to do now to construct efficient and effective DevSecOps for your company.

Security is now an essential, not optional, ingredient in software development. Learn how best to work it into the process.

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