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Will Programmers Still Have Coding Jobs by 2020?

As part of a corporate research team, I had an opportunity to interact with many business owners, CEO s, and process managers across industries. While 30% of them were satisfied with the enterprise applications of various classes they used, the wishes of 70% could be concluded as: “I could have done it far better to get exactly what I needed if I was a programmer myself!” After all, an entrepreneur or marketing manager knows real business and market needs much better than a technocrat.

The major challenge any enterprise now faces in building and establishing business applications is not getting the intended benefits while suffering from the cost and long duration of development. A few charts below show the facts:


In light of the above, let us try and draw out the future of software development for the next five to ten years. Remember the times when programmers had to spend days hand-coding thousands of lines to achieve functionality with low-level languages?

Now, those two thousand lines are replaced with just a few lines of coding on high-level programming platforms. This ought to continue being further simplified.

Business IT is still a toddler

In general, information technology is in its adolescence, and business-IT is still a toddler. We can expect a lot to happen in IT applications development over the next few years, especially when it comes to enterprise application development. As we can infer from the research findings above, when it comes to enterprise application development, still there is a void that exists in actualizing the core needs of real users by real developers.

Self development models

All of this points toward the fact that future users will surely demand more from the applications they use at work. They may call for more flexibility to use it in the exact ways they need it to function. Users will demand the power of customization, which will eradicate the mismatches and time lag now present in enterprise application development

Customization doesn’t mean just changing a font, color, or look and feel of a button. Users are already wondering why adding a new field requires so much customized code and DB changes. Why can’t users directly incorporate a new field or form?

So, the needs of the future will be all about users getting the power of adding forms, doing validations, creating/changing business rules, administering security, and even integrating with other apps, end-to-end. Coding will be put on the back burner, and the primary option for business administrators will be to get customizable self-development platforms where they can use simple drag-and-drop or one-click features to achieve the needed functionality

So, in each possibility, we can assume that the future configurable systems need to be cloud-based, mobile friendly, social media-ready, and data analytics-ready. Undoubtedly, new trends will receive a spot in the chart by 2020.

Enterprise Software

Most successful enterprise software of the future will offer the power of configuration and customization to users. A business organization would surely prefer a sales manager to custom build a sales team management app rather than striving to find one that fit their needs within a rigid software practice.

By 2020, the structure of a typical IT team is likely to change in such a way that the number of hardcore coders may shrink to one or two in a team. We can expect a steep increase in the number of business analysts and witness the rise of new roles as Configuration Specialists, Form Builders, Rule Librarians, Process Administrators, Document Administrators, Data Stewards, and Report and Chart Builders, etc.

A matured self-service platform will enable business users or business analysts to accomplish all these tasks. The existing software developers will receive a face lift by understanding the industry and domain in more detail and shifting gears to take up the new-generation roles as mentioned above. It will be so interesting to see this IT transformation take place in the next 10 years—and it will be challenging to CIOs.

Change is inevitable, and preparing for tomorrow is important. CIOs will have to structure their team more differently, and individual developers will have to shift their mindset and learn new skills to catch up to the pace.

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About The author

Isabella Thomson is professional blog writer with knowledge and expert in different IT and web marketing domains. She is also well versed in various software development and system design tools and used to share updates in tech industry with fellow readers through blog posts and tweets.


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