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Report: Cloud changing application development industry

As computing technologies continue to evolve, completely revolutionizing how organizations fundamentally operate, the application development process also changes. These refinements will primarily be driven by three emerging trends: mobile, social and cloud computing.

A new report by Gartner echoed these findings, revealing that the global market for application development software is forecast to generate more than $9 billion in revenue in 2012, an increase of 1.8 percent from last year. This expansion is pushed by the use of advanced software delivery models, open-source software and new overall processes.

"The trend is compelling enough to force traditional AD vendors to 'cloud-enable' their existing offerings and position them as a service to be delivered through the cloud," said Asheesh Raina, principal research analyst at Gartner. "AD for cloud demands rapid deployment, a high focus on user experience and access to highly elastic resources for software testing, while requiring comparatively less underlying infrastructure for developing applications."

Cloud computing is changing the application development market

A separate report by IDC said that Software as a Service will account for slightly more than 14 percent of application spending in 2012, reaching approximately one-fifth of spending by 2015.

Another study by TechNavio echoed these findings, noting that the cloud is also driving the use of next-generation mobile applications, as the market for these solutions is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 87 percent through 2014.

While there are many reasons for this, Gartner noted that cost reduction is one of the primary drivers behind why organizations are changing how they design, test and distribute applications. Other developers say the cloud's ability to enhance agility, flexibility and deployment speed is evolving the application development industry. This will become even more true in the coming years, as Gartner forecast approximately 90 percent of mainstream enterprises and government agencies will use some aspect of public or private cloud computing by 2015.

"Application modernization and increasing agility will continue to be a solid driver for AD spending, apart from other emerging dynamics of cloud, mobility and social computing," Raina said. "These emerging trends are directing AD demand towards newer architectures, programming languages, business model and user skills."

As more organizations around the world leverage the cloud, the application development process will continue to shift toward hosted environments.

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