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The Region: Sofware Industry Predictions for 2010: iPhone General-Purpose Applications

Published Saturday, January 9, 2010 12:21 PM by Greg Low

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Jeremy Huppatz said:

Hmm... my $0.02 worth on what could happen in the Microsoft Enterprise Applications milieu:

Enterprise Data Integration is going to grow up this year.  Not so much in the tools required to move data from one system to another... I'm talking catalogs of enterprise data events and transformations, and ORM tools that focus more on interface generation/implementation than on class-to-storage mappings.  This is going to have deep impacts on the data warehousing side of the industry and enterprise application development.  With this kind of tooling the "Code Reuse Fantasy" finally become the "Code Reuse Paradise" for the first time.

Much of this will be enabled by the Model Driven Architecture tooling in VSTS 2010, and concepts such as the IObservable/IObserver patterns implemented via the Rx Framework.

The other big trend I see is that XAML-based UI will really take off in the enterprise space.  Users will be downloading rich vector-graphics capable UIs from the net, and will start expecting to see this kind of thing in their workspace as well.  With out-of-browser Silverlight apps now a reality, and click-once WPF apps certainly achievable, I think there may be a move away from ASP.NET behind the corporate firewall as the cost/complexity of harmonizing complex AJAX forms really starts to hit home.  

In the meantime, the Ribbon concept is going to gain traction in what's left of the WinForms world, and a lot of UIs will be simplified significantly.

Finally... I think Feed Integration/Aggregation is going to be the killer app in enterprise IT - especially in the context of workflow driven applications.  SharePoint, CRM and other tools make it simple to generate an RSS feed of articles that could conceivably wrap serialized Workflow Foundation objects as enclosures.  A lot of the plumbing required to deliver workflow items to end-users will be drastically simplified by this paradigm shift.  This is all stuff that's possible today... but it's not getting done in huge volumes yet.  I think 2010 is the year that's going to change.

January 8, 2010 9:10 PM

Wile said:

I think that end user built models will drive development.  The end user tools in MS Office are now so sophisticated that they can be built to perform complex functions with a minimum of effort.  

When integrated with the multiple frameworks available to enterprises, discovery with a blend of curiosity will see many more unskilled developments arise to fill needs, as small business also has to compete in the same spaces as the corporations.

There are a plethora of materials to wade through on the net and in books, but if you have the patience you can learn enough to get going.

I see many changes to the way training is delivered, and to those who involve themselves in some kind of design work.

January 10, 2010 7:26 AM

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