Mobile app development Trends

photo credit: sntgmdm via photopin ccThe point is, these recent tech trends will forever change enterprise application development. As technology plays an increased role in business in the coming years, companies that adapt to these changes will have an advantage. Companies that don’t will fall behind.

So, how is enterprise application development changing? What big trends can we expect in the coming year? In this article, we’ll examine some major trends, and explain why they’re so important. While this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, the following includes some of the most important trends to watch in 2014:

Trend #1: Development moves to the client side

We’re already seeing a strong push towards web applications that behave more like native applications–a trend that will spill over into the enterprise this year. However, this push towards faster and more powerful web applications requires a shift in development methods.

“A trend that will continue is that more and more applications will move to the web… more accurately to the browser, ” says Alan Canton, Managing Partner at NewMedia Website Design. “Currently most web applications (like banking, airline reservations, checking the weather or the stockmarket, etc.) are server-side based. The bulk of the processing takes place on the server with the browser sending ‘signals’ as to what needs to be done and the server does it and sends a new page down the wires.”

In other words, the server has traditionally done the heavy lifting within typical enterprise applications. While this approach clearly works, reliance on the server slows down the application’s performance. With the increasing push towards “desktop-like” web apps, we’ll see more enterprise application development shift towards the client side, using modern javascript frameworks.

“The ‘new normal’ are browser-based applications written using javascript frameworks like Angular.js (offered by Google) and Backbone.js, and Ember and Yii (from Yahoo) etc…, ” explains Canton. “Browser-based apps do most of the processing on the local machine meaning far less bandwidth use… faster response… all that the server will do is store the data and send it down to the application on request. This is not ‘new.’ We’ve had javascript applications for 20 years… but with these new frameworks it makes it easier to scale up to much larger and more complex applications.”

Trend #2: Business applications get “consumerized”

Business applications of the past focused on function over form. A well-designed, intuitive interface wasn’t so important as a powerful application, and users accepted this as normal. These days, that’s changing. Users now expect the types of applications they can access on their smartphones and tablets–powerful, yet easily understandable applications.

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