Perforce Announces 2014 Predictions for Software Development

Key Points:

  • With concerns of falling behind their competitors and learning from the challenged launch of the HealthCare.gov website, more companies will migrate to Continuous Delivery as the preferred method of software development and release
  • The uncovering of the clandestine PRISM online surveillance program will lead to a surge of private clouds. More global organizations will use in-country public clouds, but the biggest growth will be in private clouds
  • With every company becoming a software company to a degree, the work of developers will be recognized as the key to competitive differentiation in a broader span of industries

ALAMEDA, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2013) – Perforce Software today released its predictions for software development and deployment in 2014. The overarching theme of the predictions is the rise of Continuous Delivery – a design practice used to automate and speed up the process of software delivery – and the impact it will have beyond the technology industry.

“Software is no longer something only technology companies produce. Leaders in retail, household goods, aviation, healthcare, education and financial services are all relying on software to keep their organizations at the forefront of innovation,” said Christopher Seiwald, founder and CEO of Perforce. “This has a profound impact on the people working for these organizations as well as industry standards in place today.”

Perforce’s predictions for the coming year include:

Continuous Delivery will become the new normal: Companies relying on software to stay in business won’t risk a potential disaster by relying on big, annual releases only to find the requirements or the market has changed. Through the adoption of Continuous Delivery, software release cycles will become more frequent and problems will be spotted before they reach critical mass. With the practice gaining more traction, industry thought leaders will come to a consensus on specifically what Continuous Delivery entails and what it does not.

The coming of age of the private cloud: Global concerns stemming from the discovery of the PRISM online surveillance program will spur rapid adoption of private clouds around the world. New, in-country service providers will create solutions with enterprise-grade security built in from the ground-up.

King once and king to be: With software playing such a key role in organizations of all kinds, developers will become the most in-demand employees, and will drive rapid innovation through Continuous Delivery. As software delivery pipelines shrink to reduce the lag between concept and delivery, developers will assume more responsibility for quality, performance and operational monitoring.

“With adequate planning and preparation, forward-thinking organizations can begin the process of implementing Continuous Delivery ahead of their competitors to obtain or maintain industry leadership,” said Seiwald. “We believe there are tremendous opportunities for companies to improve the quality of their products and their responsiveness to the market. We’re excited to partner with the early adopters that the rest of the software industry will soon follow.”

About Perforce

Enterprises across the globe rely on Perforce to build and deliver digital products faster and with higher quality. Perforce offers complete developer collaboration and agile project management tools to accelerate delivery cycles — from agile planning tools to requirements, issues and test management, which then link to all source code, binary assets and artifacts for full build and release tracking and visibility. The company’s version control solutions are well known for securely managing change across all digital content — source code, art files, video files, images, libraries — while supporting the developer and build tools your teams need to be productive, such as Git, Visual Studio, Jenkins, Adobe, Maya and many others. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including NVIDIA, Pixar, Scania, Ubisoft, and VMware. The company has offices in Minneapolis, MN, Alameda, CA, Mason, OH, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit www.perforce.com.