What the hybrid workplace means for application developers

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The hybrid workplace will see DevOps evolve into DevSecOps, as security becomes a priority for enterprises in the new normal.

Remote working was once confined to pilot schemes and feasibility studies, but a turbulent year has seen rapid acceptance of the practice, not least among software development teams.

This means that software-driven companies now need to go where the developers are, in order to attract and retain the best talent. According to Evans Data Corporation, the number of software developers is to rise from 23 million in 2018, to 27.7 million by 2023 – meaning talented personnel will be in demand, as well as more demanding about where and when they work. New research supports this theory, with a study from tech start-up Terminal showing that around 80% of technically skilled professionals prefer to telecommute, while 83% said they want to see the workplace of the future blend the traditional office and the home.

Some savvy organisations took the chance to revise their workplace policies long before the global crisis. Take rising FinTech star Stripe for example, which established its first remote engineering hub in May 2019. "We are doing this to situate product development closer to our customers, improve our ability to tap the 99.74 percent of talented engineers living outside the metro areas of our first four hubs and further our mission of increasing the GDP of the internet,” said CTO David Singleton at the time.

For most organisations, the hybrid workplace will become the default and here we can expect to see an acceleration in the use of low-code approaches.

Software testing will lean more on AI and machine learning for automation. DevOps – the practice of merging IT with the development lifecycle – and the emerging concept of DevSecOps , which introduces security teams earlier in the software development cycle, will become more prevalent. As part of this, there will be growing adoption of cloud-native technologies like containers and microservices, while developers will need to keep up to speed by learning new technologies and languages.

Ultimately, developer and operations teams must ensure robust infrastructure, operations and services across all the clouds on which they build, test and deploy, wherever they are based. A single, trusted, end-to-end partner that delivers cloud without the chaos is the ideal path to effective collaboration in the hybrid workplaces of tomorrow.

Your partner’s protection of your workloads across private, edge and public clouds, plus their support in your managing of risk, will allow you to bake good governance, regulatory compliance, and cost optimisation into your entire development pipeline.

Dell Technologies and VMware joined forces to empower businesses in their digital transformation journeys. We help you reimagine your infrastructure and modernise your development platform as a cloud-native engine of innovation. Your risk, governance and security obligations are our priorities as we help you build your digital future and transform how your developers work and live.

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