Are Software Developers Becoming the New Enterprise?

Source | Entrepreneur : By Prabhakar Jayakumar

India is home to the fastest growing ecosystem of start-ups and entrepreneurs, with more than 4,000 start-ups launching this past year alone. With the number of software developers expected to grow to over 5 million by 2018, India is set to surpass US, becoming the largest software developer hub in the world.

Next Big Idea Likely to Come from a Developer

A majority of the new-age companies are tech-enabled businesses and the founding teams of most start-ups in India predominantly consist of developers. The next big idea may not come from a large corporation, but rather, from a developer. The modern software-defined businesses have an edge over legacy companies because software developed tools and infrastructure resources are easily accessible now more than ever. While the need for a developer and an enterprise differ vastly, there are just a handful of companies today that are focused on meeting the needs of the developer.

Utilities of Cloud Infrastructure  

In the past, the lack of developer-friendly tools caused software development to be a time consuming, onerous and expensive proposition. Today, open-source software and simple-intuitive-affordable cloud infrastructure enable developers and entrepreneurs to quickly build their minimum-viable-products (MVPs) and gives them the flexibility to iterate easily, until they find product market fit and eventually build a full-fledged product that can scale.

New Roles of a Software Developer

Given the lean nature of new-age companies, team members tend to don multiple hats across a wide spectrum of business functions.   As an extension, today a software developer is not confined to just coding but plays a key role in recommending the technology stack and infrastructure to be used at the business. The familiarity and loyalty that a developer has built towards a product helps them turn into advocates for the product/platform at their respective workplaces.

Requirements of a Developer

The requirements of most developers are the same — they need a product or tool that’s simple, feature-rich and easy on the pocket. Keeping in mind that the requirements of a developer are different from that of enterprises, providers should build products/platforms that are supportive of the developers’ needs. Technology providers should do the heavy lifting and let developers focus on what they do best — build applications that solve real customer problems rather than have them spend time on platform or infrastructure issues.

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