Five obstacles slowing down your application development

December 2, 2021 | 6 minute read
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Businesses are accelerating the pace of innovation and must deliver applications at speed and scale. In this article, we explore five obstacles that can slow down your application development and deployment and the ways a cloud-first approach can help overcome these hurdles.

A graphic depicting the words "Gartner forecasts that the worldwide low-code devleopment technologies market will grow 23% this year."Access to skills

A significant barrier to building enterprise applications is access to the skills needed to deliver sophisticated solutions. Technologies are quickly evolving, and business leaders are finding it difficult to bring on technical talent to handle complex data. Modern applications require knowledge on how to integrate with legacy systems while incorporating new machine-learning algorithms. As a result, companies are looking to low-code development platforms to enable greater agility and to deliver custom applications faster.

Today’s cloud-based environments incorporate low-code tools to construct total applications. With low-code app development, organizations can build scalable, secure enterprise apps, with world-class features that can be deployed anywhere. These platforms feature drag-and-drop components and prebuilt visual modules that result in compelling apps that solve real problems and provide immediate value. Developers can also choose from various traditional and dynamic programming languages. Gartner forecasts a 23% growth of the worldwide low-code development technologies market this year.

Security concerns

The recent and rapid evolution of business has increased the demand for new applications, to support a remote workforce, increased e-commerce, and the overall drive for data-driven operational efficiencies. As noted in Oracle’s 5 Security Trends Ebook, this demand has increased so rapidly that organizations are producing apps faster than they can introduce new security controls into existing frameworks and compliance programs. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the increased use of cloud and the expanding the surface area for attacks. This scenario has triggered incremental improvements in application security. With persistent concerns over cyber threats, ensuring that your app development and deployment are following secure practices is critical.

As a result, organizations need a higher degree of focus around managing user identities and activity to protect the integrity of their cloud applications. To mitigate these expanding risks, businesses need to strengthen their access authentication and privilege authorization by hardening the configuration of cloud applications and services with least privileged access management principles of a zero-trust strategy. A zero-trust framework means enabling secure access for all users regardless of device, location, time, and application. Companies can also apply machine learning and artificial intelligence to help manage cloud activity, using consistent monitoring and instant-auditing to check and detect potential misconfigurations. With the cloud, organizations can benefit from security automation baked into the entire infrastructure and platform, ensuring continuous protection of their applications and information.

Outdated technology

The scale and complexity of modern applications are growing, and businesses need a cloud infrastructure that can keep up with these shifts. A common issue for many IT departments is maintaining a now decade-old cloud technology, where performance, security, and migration options were afterthoughts. With the cloud becoming the default that runs nearly every new enterprise software application, companies are letting go of aging infrastructure for a next-generation cloud.

A graphic depicting the words "IDC forecasts worldwide revenues for the enterprise applications market will be nearly $334 billion in 2025 as organizations revamp their applications portfolios to delivery the digital resiliency and flexibility needed to thrive in the digital economy."

Next-generation clouds are architected for the full range of applications and databases, from small scale to enterprise-class applications that require high performance and scalability. With a modern infrastructure, companies gain the storage and compute power to support sophisticated AI algorithms and big data initiatives. Application developers need the capacity to innovate at speed to deliver competitive products. The cloud provides business leaders with what they need: By-default access to the latest technologies and optimizations to deliver app development frameworks, performance, scaling, and availability, all at a reasonable cost.

Need for automation

From collecting data to provisioning environments, developers need to build apps quickly, while reducing platform management overheads. These responsibilities include administrative tasks associated with building and maintaining the technology that powers an application and a database. Manual labor, such as database provisioning and monitoring, often deviates the developer focus from creation to operations (not their highest and best use). App developers need to streamline processes for more effective collaboration and delivery.

Here, cloud computing plays a critical role by delivering automation at scale. Today’s cloud technologies feature new capabilities in intelligent automation that can perform database maintenance so developers can rapidly develop modern web applications. Self-driving services can even monitor deployments and prevent production problems, ensuring a reliable and secure production. With cloud, you can automate each phase of the software development lifecycle, including build, test, and deploy. As noted during the release of Oracle DevOps service, “automating deployments with tools and processes simplifies your deployment workflow and gives you a repeatable and testable process to safely release your latest change to customers… In a competitive environment, we want to both increase the velocity of our feature delivery and deploy safely, without introducing errors or bugs.” Cloud makes this endeavor possible.

Disparate services

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Going cloud native is getting your applications and data native for cloud (not just your compute infrastructure). Cloud native applications are typically composed of a set of disparate services, which is what helps make them scalable and flexible. Building and running applications to take advantage of distributed computing offered by the cloud delivery model introduces moving pieces that need to be seamlessly connected. Service integration is an issue to address as developers build cloud native apps.

Cloud native technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in public, private, and hybrid clouds. Many companies are looking to hybrid deployment options for their applications where policies or other requirements preclude deployment to public clouds. Cloud native technologies enable engineers to move fast, remain agile, and make high-impact changes frequently and with minimal effort. Cloud native services drive modern application development by using standards-based technologies—such as Kubernetes, Docker, serverless, and APIs—giving developers a comprehensive platform for building, deploying, and managing applications.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services and software help developers quickly build high-impact, scalable applications for the enterprise. You can effectively address many of the obstacles slowing down your application development and deployment with OCI, including access to skills, concerns about security, addressing outdated technologies, the need for automation, and managing disparate services.

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Want more on the information contained in this article? See the following resources:

  • Oracle Application Development: Developers looking for an open, integrated application development platform can use Oracle Cloud to easily build modern, intelligent applications.

  • Oracle APEX: Build enterprise apps 20 times faster with 100 times less code. APEX is a low-code development platform that enables you to build scalable, secure enterprise apps, with world-class features, that can be deployed anywhere. Using APEX, developers can quickly develop and deploy compelling apps that solve real problems and provide immediate value.

  • Oracle Cloud Native: Oracle Cloud Native services and software help developers build applications using technologies, such as Kubernetes, containers, serverless functions, and API management for OCI, hybrid cloud, and multicloud environments. With these cloud native products, developers can reduce time spent on operational tasks, such as managing Kubernetes clusters, and build applications faster. Built with open source and open standards in mind, these offerings ensure that deployed applications are more portable and can run on OCI, third-party cloud, and on-premises environments with minimal modification.

  • Oracle Security, Identity, and Compliance: Protect your most valuable data in the cloud and on-premises with Oracle’s security-first approach. Oracle has decades of experience securing data and applications. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure delivers a more secure cloud to our customers, building trust and protecting their most valuable data.

Gartner Press Release, Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Low-Code Development Technologies Market to Grow 23% in 2021, February 16, 2021.

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