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Everyone Is a Software Developer

The future of developing software

For years, everything has been moving to computers. But it hasn’t always been easy.

Many things about computers are highly technical, densely interrelated and generally frustrating. For businesses, it takes a lot of money to dive deeply into technology. Companies spend a material percentage of their budgets on IT-related products and services.

The way the process works, you have business people who know what they want to accomplish, you have analysts who translate that into something systematic, and then highly trained developers labor for hours producing it.

But that’s all changing.

Remember when there used to be secretaries and typists? Today, word processors and e-mail empower everyone to type their own correspondence and documents.

The same thing is happening with software.

I talk to people almost every day who are neither trained programmers, nor can they afford a team of trained programmers. But they might be a great sales person or a great business person, or just work in a company where there is a huge need for a programmer.

Those folks want to develop a web application. They may want to deploy it for their department, for their boss or because they think they can make money from it.

In five years, almost everyone will be able to build a decent web application.

How will that change the world?

It will make businesses radically more efficient. It will make people’s jobs more fulfilling because they won’t have to do as much drudge work. And it will free a larger percentage of business profit and loss for things like marketing or sales.

And it will allow businesses to explore their own uniqueness, rather than having to conform to the middle of the bell curve sold by today’s software vendors.

The future is going to be much more diverse, and much more interesting.

What do you think?

This was originally posted on the Central Penn Business Journal Gadget Cube.

More Stories By Treff LaPlante

Treff LaPlante has been involved with technology for nearly 20 years. At WorkXpress, he passionately drives the vision of making customized enterprise software easy, fast, and affordable.

Prior to joining WorkXpress, Treff was director of operations for eBay's HomesDirect. While there, he created strategic relationships with Fortune 500 companies and national broker networks and began his foray into the development of flexible workflow software technologies. He served on the management team that sold HomesDirect to eBay.

During his time at Vivendi-Universal Interactive, Treff was director of strategy. In addition to M&A activities, Treff broadly applied quantitative management principles to sales, marketing, and product line functions. Treff served as the point person for the management team that sold Cendant Software to Vivendi-Universal. Earlier positions included product management and national sales trainer for Energy Design Systems, an engineering software company. Treff began his professional career as a metals trader for Randall Trading Corp, a commodities firm that specialized in bartering and transporting various metals and coal from the then-dissolving Soviet Union.

Treff received his MBA from Pepperdine University and a BS in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. http://www.workxpress.com

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