Overview of 2023: Distributed Software Development Is the Way of the Future

It’s almost the end of 2023, and I’d want to take a moment to look back on a few noteworthy developments that helped shape the year.

Changing Roles in DevOps (We Are All DevOps)

At Works, when we embark on a new software development project or engagement, we apply the 80/20 rule: eighty percent of our efforts are dedicated to building up our technology organisation and culture, equipping ourselves with the tools and practices necessary to ensure that the end product is of the utmost quality, both in terms of its functionalities and its effect on the user experience. The remaining twenty percent of our efforts are devoted to the actual product and its features. This means that every member of the team is accountable for performing part of the tasks usually attributed to DevOps.

This approach considers all facets of creating a modern application, not solely the end product. It encompasses the entire process from inception through to code contribution, deployment and delivering value to millions of customers. As soon as we commence a sprint, our concentration shifts to ensuring the features are fully developed at the expense of any technical debt that may have built up, essentially reversing the usual 80/20 ratio.

In order to achieve this ambitious goal, it is essential for the whole team to embrace the concepts and culture of DevOps. By 2023, this development methodology had established itself both culturally and technically. Our customers have welcomed this approach and it has been further strengthened by the introduction of the latest technologies and platforms.

The Development of Decentralized Systems (Teams and Architecture)

Cloud-native By 2023, application development has firmly become the established norm for product development. This is in part due to the growing awareness of “everything as code” operations. Cloud-based technology is quickly replacing traditional on-premises solutions, and cloud infrastructure can now be built and managed solely with software. Function-as-a-Service and serverless architectures have made it simpler to orchestrate, provision and scale services on demand, compared to the transition from physical to virtual machine to container solutions seen in previous years.

In 2023, it is anticipated that dispersed software development teams will become increasingly commonplace. This is due to a number of factors, including the improved availability of bandwidth, technologies and culture. Furthermore, the lack of a local market means that teams can be formed more quickly and with improved quality of life for team members, resulting in lower turnover and greater happiness. Additionally, with the removal of commutes and physical locations, a team’s carbon footprint can be reduced. With the increasing use of least privilege access and the option to divide members across time zones, teams can now operate more safely. These advantages have enabled companies such as Works, Gitlab and Zapier to expand internationally by making remote work more efficient.

Availability of New Technologies and Opportunities

As product development, tools, architecture, and teams continue to progress, it is essential to eliminate any obstacles that reduce customer value. Companies such as Azlo and Chime, now estimated to be worth 5 billion US dollars, are exemplary of the remarkable development of FinTech in 2023; both of their related product systems are designed to enhance personal banking by making it simpler and more convenient for the customer.

It is clear that there is a continual drive for the enhancement of the customer experience across the entire healthcare sector, from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to traditional hospitals and health care organisations. As a result, the ability to work efficiently and effectively has become a key factor in the successful implementation of innovative initiatives that can bring real change and improvement in healthcare, both in terms of internal digital transformation, such as that provided by IQVIA, and through the provision of technical resources to innovative disruptors like Outcome Health.

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