How Digital Transformation Impacts Software Development
Digital Transformations (DX) are typically big drivers of change and determining future direction in companies. They often modify or disrupt every part of an organization––and that is by design. Changes may be moving from on-premises infrastructure to fully in the cloud. They may be focused on taking advantage of online capabilities in ways your business never has before. Additionally, earning and revenue streams may be optimized and improved.
Make no mistake, everyone involved will feel the impact of these changes. They also come with significant software retooling and platform availability for applications being used. We often think about how these changes will have an effect on end users. Just as important is a question less frequently asked: How will this affect software organizations whose responsibility is software development in the first place?
Developer Testing is a trend within Software Development that involves Developers taking on more of the testing responsibility within the software development lifecycle (SDLC); with new SDLCs like DevOps pushing increased collaboration and unsiloing departments, the days when Software Testing was only done by the QA department are gone. However, contrary to popular belief, Developer Testing isn’t all that new in the grand scheme of software development.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is quickly becoming the new “must-have” as businesses are embarking on Digital Transformation journeys. With the RPA market valued at $1.9 billion USD in 2019, it’s expected to experience a compounded annual growth rate of 34% to reach a value of $11 billion USD by 2027. That’s great to know, but why is this happening?
As I have had the opportunity to work in environments that have emphasized the role of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (and with it, the goal of achieving Continuous Testing as well), I have also had the chance to see our Operations Team focus more attention on the goals of DevOps and the methodology that lets us steer towards that goal. In many ways, we are actively working towards getting to that effective DevOps goal and each day gets us closer.