For the better part of the last 20 years, the job of software developers have slowly become more complex. Software construction, once the domain of developers focused on writing algorithms to process data in batch – or perhaps even some straightforward user-facing tools, has now become the domain of (even simple) applications that consist of several languages, many tools, and numerous platforms to test and validate. This complexity gets in the way of delivering value to customers, and it appears to not be getting better anytime soon.
The good news is that it’s not all an uphill battle. Developer tools are pretty good overall, even though there are many of them. Options are good, right? Connecting systems together is easier than ever – everything can speak HTTP. Languages are advancing, especially on the server side, and development tasks that used to take hours take minutes now. There are software scaling models and tools that actually work. It’s not easy, but with the right applied knowledge, developers can build applications that can support millions of users. Still, these things that are “easy” require a vast amount of knowledge to get right.
So what can be done? The job of a developer continues to become more complex, and constructing high-quality, reliable, and scalable applications for a vast array of delivery channels has become the domain of highly skilled professionals. These professionals need adequate care and feeding to manage the complexity that they must deal with on a daily basis. Businesses, from small to mid-market to enterprise, are most often simply not equipped to provide the right environment to manage the complexity. In today’s world, the best option is to find a partner who can manage this complexity for you, and provide the right environment for the professionals who must and can deal with what developers face every day. A great software development partner will collaborate with you to focus on business strategies to grow revenue and manage costs, and keep you away from the daily drudgery of dealing with modern software development complexity.