With a booming labor market and a booming IT industry driving constant change, one thing is certain – software application development teams are under pressure to deliver high quality user-centric products securely – and at speed .
Meanwhile, other challenges affecting software development have emerged. These include high end-user expectations for easy-to-use, affordable and reliable digital services. This is combined with the increasing complexity and diversity of technologies associated with the scale and workload – and not to forget the massive skill shortage in software engineering and related niche technical expertise. IDC predicts that the global shortage of full-time developers will grow from 1.4 million in 2021 to 4 million in 2025.
Since these challenges don’t seem to be abating anytime soon, there are a few ways engineering teams can better prepare and positively impact higher business performance.
Building a Successful Software Team
The key elements that make up a successful software team in 2023 go beyond building software. Some key business and technical considerations for engineering teams to positively influence better preparedness and higher business performance include:
Understand business goals, not just technology
In 2023, software engineers with a strong IT skill set and business acumen will be most in demand, a mix of skills that has rapidly gone up the rankings from highly desirable to essential. The increasing digitization of business has put engineering teams in the direct spotlight for innovation and delivery of new apps and services. With a shortage of skilled experts hindering the creation of customer-centric digital experiences, more engineers are likely to enter marketing and product management next year as the worlds of marketing and technology collide.
Truly successful software teams will be those that connect to the bigger business picture, and know that their role is much more than just building software. Beyond strategic feature development of apps, developers must have a vision that the technology can provide new business capabilities that will shape the future.
The environment around them also needs to be taken into account in order to closely align with the wider business goals of the business in order to develop seamless and sustainable solutions. It is also important to take a user-first approach to software engineering, being fully aware of user demand for services for both product and personal development success.
Be an ambassador for new technologies
It’s no longer just the CIO’s role to get behind new technology. The team must be able to make a strong case for the business benefits of implementing new technologies and project the impact on the business’s ability to do better through these new technologies, such as improving productivity or customer experience . Understanding emerging proven technologies will be especially important in the areas of composable applications, cloud platforms and cyber security.
By advocating the introduction of new technologies, they open up many opportunities for business and for themselves. Individuals with the right expertise will be provided with the opportunity for new challenges, to learn new skills, leading to career growth that can keep them motivated and loyal to their teams. This includes opportunities to specialize in technology, lead innovative projects, and contribute directly to business growth. Gaining the trust and support of decision-making leaders means understanding key technology and market trends.
Use AI for increased productivity and better decisions
The gap between business and technology is closing, and the more engineers understand the business side, the more impact they can have using AI technologies to solve problems. Hyperautomation will play a huge role in increasing productivity, optimizing software testing and DevSecOps, and enabling engineering teams to consistently create great digital experiences.
Rapid software development has always been a priority for any good engineering team, but the definition of rapid has changed over the years. Using artificial intelligence and smart solutions gives teams a new opportunity to increase their productivity without increasing their workload.
AI-based technologies have evolved significantly over the past few years, and more and more applications across all industry sectors will use AI to meet business needs and customer expectations.
development of software engineering
As the role of software developer has changed over the years, each year brings about a drastic change in the culture of engineering and its meaning and value within the business. The distance between business and technology is closing and the impact of software engineers on today’s data-driven businesses is undeniable, from conception to operation.
The more engineers understand the business side – the problem and the context – the more impact they can have using technologies to create architectures and systems that work reliably and support future growth and innovation.
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Lilia Meschekova is Vice President of Enterprise Products at Progress.