The Developer of the Future – Cloud Development

The Developer of the Future – Cloud Development
November 11, 2021 Deanna Davenport

The Developer of the Future

If there is one thing about the technology sector that’s constant, it’s change!

Here at Rowe we embrace this change, as with change comes new technologies, new solutions and new opportunities. In fact, having a growth mindset is just part of our culture.

Recently we took some time to reflect on the ever-changing world of tech and considered what the ‘Developer of the Future’ might be like. We came up with a few key growth areas to create a mini blog series.

In our first blog we explore cloud development.

Cloud Development

The cloud was once an emerging technology, with a lot of buzz and excitement around it, but nowadays it’s nothing new. So how does it factor in to the ‘Developer of the Future’?

Because it’s constantly expanding. Now that the cloud is more established, the risk and pain of moving in-house applications to the cloud has been greatly reduced. This tips the risk-reward balance in favour of reward and has seen more and more companies migrate their applications over to the cloud. They’re moving for the many benefits the cloud provides, from cost savings to scalability.

Rowe has embraced this change from the beginning and works with cloud technologies across many projects. We have helped to migrate applications to the cloud, set up hybrid cloud environments and developed entirely new applications solely within the cloud. We work with multiple providers such as AWS and Azure, and invest in continuous training so our developers gain certifications with these ever evolving technologies.

Developing in the Cloud

We have seen the roster of services available from cloud providers grow significantly, creating more ways not only to host applications, but also to develop them within the cloud.

The ability to rapidly deploy development environments in the cloud fosters innovation as new ideas can be tested and demonstrated quickly and at lower costs. If nothing comes of the new idea, little time or money is wasted, but if something does come of it, you’ve found a new opportunity for a very low cost.

The cloud also enables collaboration. When we at Rowe partner with other companies on projects, the cloud provides us with a common development environment and streamlines the development process.

Another benefit of the cloud is the ability to perform rapid deployments. Using cloud services, build pipelines can be set up, to build and deploy code which also helps to streamline the development process.

Serverless

As well as a shift to using cloud services as part of the development process itself, we’ve also seen a rise in the use of ‘serverless’ architectures and expect this to become more prominent in the future.

Serverless architectures remove the need to provision and manage actual servers and are made possible in the cloud via services like AWS Lambda. Now developers can focus solely on code, writing server-side functionality as lambda functions, which run in response to triggers such as an API call. The underlying infrastructure is taken care of by the cloud provider, freeing up time and reducing the cost associated with server maintenance. This has proven attractive and we’re already seeing a number of projects move over to this way of working.

Keep a look out for the next blog in the series on Data.