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Five reasons why software development is still critical

In a world of advanced off-the-shelf packaged solutions, surely there would be no reason to ever write a line of code again. Can we finally put complex software development projects to pasture and get on with the business at hand? Not a chance.

Intergen delivers technology services to hundreds of clients a year and many of those require significant software development. Even with numerous off-the-shelf platforms in our kit bag, software development is absolutely necessary for many organisations to succeed. Why is this so?

Five reasons why software development is still critical

Your business is unique

Beyond core Finance and HR your business becomes unique, very quickly. That’s a good thing as this uniqueness is your differentiator and reason for being. It’s the way you offer innovative products and services to market, provide the most compelling customer and employee experiences possible, or the way you deliver critical public services across an entire region.

Often, trying to apply this uniqueness into a generic packaged solution breaks down very quickly as you bend and ultimately break things using technology designed for the masses.

Across our clients, we see five major drivers for software development:

  1. Complexity. Unique products, services and processes often contain significant complexity - complexity of business rules, integration, geography, data, performance, security, and privacy to name a few. These can be very specific to an organisation and being able to efficiently deal with and automate this complexity is a much-needed advantage. Software development embraces this complexity, meeting requirements with just enough technology.
  2. User Experience. The experience of technology for users defines its adoption and ultimately influences the success of an organisation. The experience must be clean, clear, and concise. People are in the field, wearing gloves, offline, a complex array of information and tasks. Savvy customers access services online, with 30 seconds to purchase or go elsewhere. Software development creates the ideal experience for users with no compromises.
  3. Legacy Investment. Often there are already legacy solutions in place managing complexity – that app ‘Joe’ built that uploads data to the website, or the myriad of other spreadsheets and databases managing the business. These solutions feel pretty new but were actually built years ago and represent a major security and support risk with poor user experience. Software development is designed to enhance or replace these legacy investments. That’s its superpower.
  4. Expensive Licensing. Software development doesn’t have the same licensing constraints as packaged solutions and can scale to thousands or millions of users with ease.
  5. Rapid Cloud Change. In the cloud packaged solutions innovate quickly and change often. This can be a huge benefit for some areas of an organisation, but for others, this can cause unnecessary and often breaking changes. Software development is a controlled environment, applying only the changes needed at the right time.

Getting started

If any of the five areas above apply to you, you might be thinking it’s a good idea to start writing code today. We recommend getting some expert advice first.

Visit the Azure App Foundry site to find out how Intergen can help you reinvent your approach to enterprise application development.

Azure App Foundry is the low-code answer to building enterprise apps

Posted by: Toby Spendiff, General Manager Digital, Data & AI | 17 February 2020

Tags: Microsoft Azure, Application development, Azure App Foundry, Low-code

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