Due to growing customer demand for digital solutions, a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have undergone digital transformation. The number of startups offering technological solutions is increasing hour by hour. On average, eight startups appear in the United States every hour, totaling around 70,000 per year. With this in mind, how can aspiring entrepreneurs get ahead of the development curve, set a business apart, and ensure stable growth?
To ensure high-quality, deep-rooted results, think about long-term goals and implement solutions that will strengthen your business, balancing the flexibility and stability of the solutions you invest in. Take advantage of the continuous development of disruptive technologies, software development tools, programming languages and evolving methodologies that influence the productivity of developer teams.
Learn how you can implement these 2022 software development solutions to steer your business toward reaching its full potential.
Simplified coding with possibility of modification
It’s about marrying technical solutions with the talent you already have within your company, as team members bring a unique understanding of your company’s mission and core values. But that’s not all. It is a common objective for all to make life easier for your employees without compromising the performance of the company.
With this in mind, the implementation of modern coding tools, such as GitHub Copilot, plays an important role in the development of the company. These platforms are built on public datasets and open AI systems that serve as a personal coding editor, removing many pain points of traditional software development. This ensures more approachable and accessible coding solutions.
Your team can also rely on AI-generated predictive analytics based on initial input, bringing ease of work and faster workflow. Use widely available coding assistance tools, such as Tabnine, which will improve your team’s work by allowing AI to anticipate your programming needs and offering code completion in all languages.
The truth is that your business will grow and along with the growth you will see increased complexity in all departments. You will need to update your strategy, which will most likely entail adapting your software to new needs and requirements. If you’re looking to follow the trend, there are plenty of platforms that might lure you in with an all-in-one solution, pledging to do all the coding for you. Don’t let the promise of “doing it all on its own” overshadow the prospect of long-term goals.
If you don’t know how code is written, you won’t know how to implement the changes needed to keep your business up to date – a common side effect of using no-code and low-code platforms without a full sense of the way they work. Forget tools that leave you in the dark; Instead, rely on setups that ensure coding transparency and clear guidance to keep your business from sinking into extra expense.
Beware of Technical Debt: When streamlining your business performance, lack of understanding when investing in quality tools can prove costly. Do the legwork and analyze the different options instead of being myopic and rushing to choose the first available solution.
Ever-evolving technologies to boost your software development process
Automation, AI-based solutions, and other technologies that improve software development efficiency are recurring topics that generate constant excitement. These ever-improving technologies offer you an easy way to grow your business without investing too much of one of your most valuable resources: time.
Optimizing your processes results in profitability, which is the underlying goal of every business. Take Pulumi, an Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) platform that lets you continuously advance your coding by building and deploying cloud software on any cloud using containers, serverless functions, and services accommodated. An integrated solution such as this will bring ease and clarity to all your software development processes.
With platforms such as New Relic or Splunk, you’ll ensure faster failure detection and in-depth recovery time monitoring for your operations. This will lead to increased post rates and customer satisfaction. Through light-speed bug fixing and new feature implementations, you will establish your solid position in the market as a reliable and trustworthy company.
Real-time performance monitoring for process improvement
Performance tracking tools continue to improve every year, adding new features and improving your team’s performance. Identifying dysfunctions and bottlenecks in your team’s performance will save you resources. However, to ensure optimal resource allocation to engineering teams, companies should look to modern KPI tracking tools:
Climate Code: Keep the teams’ workflow on track, optimize their performance by monitoring the progress of each task and categorizing it according to the probability of occurrence of errors.
Haystack: Direct your teams’ skills to reach their full potential, provide employees with real-time feedback, identify their bottlenecks and prevent burnout with early problem detection and action.
GitPrime: Provide real-time project insights and team metrics without manual updates or developer downtime. GitPrime contains two core reporting features that measure engineer performance against three main metrics (Code, Review, and Submit Fundamentals) and compare the contributor to other engineers in the organization, providing recommendations based on individual rating .
These performance trackers will help you achieve maximum efficiency and ensure you’re working towards one of Gartner’s 2022 trending software approaches: total experience. It’s a business strategy that integrates employee, customer, and user experience across multiple touchpoints to accelerate growth.
Quality versus quantity in team building
Relying on the quality of your team’s skills is a priceless necessity. That’s why it deserves a spotlight on the list of trends for the coming year. To ensure the best performance within the team, simply implementing technology will not be enough. You need to focus on building a high quality team from the start. What does that mean?
Surround yourself with high-density talent and build a team full of high performers to ensure your business doesn’t crumble under the dynamic and ever-changing marketplace. This will be the key to success in 2022. This is the approach that Netflix has implemented in its commercial strategy and which has been very successful: its main assumption is that every company has an inherent desire to grow, but with with expansion comes greater complexity, which often results in a smaller number of high-performing workers.
Fill your ranks with trustworthy, ambitious, and disciplined people, and don’t push your business toward rigid, change-resistant rules. Once your team has already strengthened its skills, create a strong sense of belonging and loyalty to secure two aspects:
- Make sure that if your business encounters a downside, employees won’t simply turn to competitors. As CEO, you want to be sure that the people you invest in will stay with you, regardless of the economic fluctuations of the business.
- Secure business processes, sensitive data and project details. An employee becoming dishonest and selling your data to a higher bidder would negatively influence your current job.
2022 will be about building strong yet flexible foundations for your business growth. Keep in mind that one solution will not suffice. A holistic and unified management system will build trust, loyalty and advocacy. Work towards well-rounded and efficient solutions, but don’t prioritize fast delivery over high-quality code – you’ll thank yourself later when the time for change comes.
Guillermo Perez is CEO and co-founder of Octobot.