Developer Tools

App & database development - Trends, tools and solutions

Driven by trends such as IoT and AI, end users are demanding ever-smarter applications and databases meaning development tools have become an increasingly lucrative market for resellers. For example, the global artificial intelligence market was valued at $19.2bn in 2018 and is expected to reach $216.3bn by 2025 (Market Watch, 2019). To meet this increased demand, developers need smarter tools across the entire DevOps lifecycle.

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Key trends driving Application Development

Application development, also referred to as the software lifecycle and/or development is the development of a software product in a planned and structured process. There are solutions to assist with every element of the software development lifecycle driven by the latest development trends.

1. The introduction of the 5G Network

The increased bandwidth of 5G revolutionises application development and opens the door to improvements in mobile and web applications from immersive augmented reality in gaming to faster and more interactive user interfaces. Companies with mobile and web applications will be investing millions into taking advantage of these improvements and development software will be part of that investment.

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2. The connectivity to IoTs

As cloud computing increases in popularity and with the consistent evolution of AI from a user’s perspective, the capabilities of IoTs follows suit. Developers are focussing on cloud-hosted application development that has higher AI integration. This creates a demand for software that connects IoTs in all sectors and an increased interest in securing these devices from the ongoing threat of cyber-attacks.

3. Personalisation, Personalisation, Personalisation

This is a trend that will never go away, and the demand for increased personalisation on application grows symmetrically with improvements across the application development industry. When AI makes another leap, it opens a door for further individuality for a user. When there is a big IoT upgrade (such as the latest smart phone release), there’s a demand for application improvements including increased personalisation.

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Application Development Solutions from our Vendors

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Private Clouds and Kubernetes

Canonical is the publisher of Ubuntu, the most popular operating system for public cloud workloads, a leading open infrastructure platform in the enterprise data centre, as well as the emerging categories of smart gateways, AI/ML, self-driving cars and advanced robots.

Solutions:

  • Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure offers a single, per node packaging of the most comprehensive software, security and IaaS support in the industry, covering all aspects of open infrastructure.
  • Managed Services are offered in the form of packages and programmes to address sophisticated requirements on any cloud or bare-metal environments to meet organisational requirements in the shortest time possible.
  • Training is offered to your customers’ sysadmins and DevOps engineers to become Charmed OpenStack or Charmed Kubernetes experts.

Canonical

Canonical is the publisher of Ubuntu, the most popular operating system for public cloud workloads, a leading open infrastructure platform in the enterprise data centre, as well as the emerging categories of smart gateways, AI/ML, self-driving cars and advanced robots.

Canonical helps partners and their clients run economic multi-cloud infrastructure, by providing enterprise security, support and services to commercial users of Ubuntu, OpenStack and Kubernetes.

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Application development solutions from Embarcadero are the choice of millions of software developers. With components, tools and services enabling you to build and deploy industrial strength business ready connected apps for Windows, Mac, mobile, and the Internet of Things, fast.

  • RAD Studio is the complete solution to help developers rapidly create 32-bit and 64-bit native Windows, Mac, Android, iOS gadgets and wearables.
  • Delphi is the fastest way to modernise existing Windows applications and interconnect mobile and desktop applications with one another, and with internet- or Bluetooth-enabled gadgets and sensors.
  • C++Builder is a visual Rapid Application Development environment for C++. C++Builder comes with a powerful ANSI/ISO C++ compiler and an advanced Integrated Development Environment.

Embarcadero

Embarcadero is committed to providing the industry’s broadest and deepest set of software tools for developers, DBAs, and architects. Widely recognised for its award-winning products, Embarcadero enables customers to work more efficiently with the industry’s major database platforms, operating systems, frameworks, and programming languages.

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Application Packaging and Readiness

Flexera offers unmatched insights into the DNA of the software delivered to end users via products and services that help them achieve continuous licensing compliance, optimise software investments and future-proof their business from technology change.

Solutions:

  • AdminStudio repackages legacy setups into desired formats and customise applications to meet the needs of an organisation, while providing unprecedented support for handling vendor setups to prepare applications for custom deployment faster without the need to repackage.

Flexera

Flexera delivers IT management solutions that enable enterprises to accelerate the return on their technology investments. They help organisations inform their IT with total visibility into complex hybrid ecosystems, so they can transform their IT by rightsizing across all platforms, reallocating spend, reducing risk and charting the most effective path to the cloud.

In 2020 they introduced a separate entity for their software licensing and compliance division – Revenera.

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Connecting All Applications and Databases

Their promise is simple. With Progress Data Direct, your customers can connect any application to any database. If they don’t currently have a connector that your customers require, they can work with progress to develop a bespoke connector for their needs.

HDP (Hybrid Data Pipeline)
A self-hostable hybrid connectivity solution that your customers can run in the cloud or on-premises. With HDP, end users can access data in the cloud or on-premises behind a firewall.

ARC (Autonomous REST Connector)
An intelligent, customisable data connectivity solution enabling businesses to build and deploy enterprise-grade data connectors in minutes without coding.

OpenAccess SDK
The industry’s leading custom driver development kit enables custom drivers for any data source to be developed within weeks.

Progress

Progress’ leading product, DataDirect, allows your customers to connect any data source to any application. It offers cloud and on-premises data connectivity solutions across Relational, NoSQL, Big Data and SaaS data sources and if your customers can’t find the connectors perfect for them, Progress enables them to build their own custom connectors.

Progress DataDirect is the trusted vendor for 350+ ISVs and 10,000+ enterprises for all their analytics, integration and data management needs.

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SmartBear has solutions for code review, API and UI testing, and monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications, equipping the team for every stage of the software cycle.

Solutions:

  • Functional Testing tools for desktop, mobile, web, APIs, and microservices. SmartBear specialises in easy to use tools for testers and developers, making sure they can collaborate efficiently.
  • SmartBear’s Test Management portfolio is built around adaptable tools to fit into your customers’ teams’ workflows with ease. Products include Zephyr and CucumberStudio.
  • API Lifecycle solutions to cover every element of the process, from designing and developing APIs to consuming, testing and monitoring. All with a focus on reusability across stages.
  • Performance testing and monitoring tools optimise web and API delivery. Easily create end-to-end load tests and performance monitors, so your customers can deliver 24×7 speed and availability.
  • Collaborating is at the heart of DevOps and Agile development. Offer your customers premier peer code and document review for development teams that take software quality seriously.
  • The OpenAPI Specification (OAS) creates a common framework for the entire API Lifecycle to define your RESTful service’s functionality, including their resources, and associated request-response cycles.

SmartBear

SmartBear offers software tools for development, testing, and operations teams to deliver high quality software. They have solutions for code review, API and UI testing, and monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications, equipping the team for every stage of the software cycle.

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Monitor all hybrid apps

Get unmatched visibility into logs, metrics, tracing, hosts and the digital experience. Your customers’ business runs on applications, and when their performance suffers, so does theirs. Solarwinds makes APM look easy by delivering comprehensive experience monitoring, providing deep performance insights and health checks and offering performance optimisation.

Solutions:

  • AppOptics is a simple, powerful, and affordable SaaS-based infrastructure and application monitoring tool for custom on-premises, cloud, and hybrid systems.
  • Loggly is a highly affordable, hosted, and scalable full-stack, multisource infrastructure and application log management solution.

SolarWinds

SolarWinds offers value-driven products and tools that solve a broad range of IT management challenges – whether those challenges are related to networks, servers, applications, storage or virtualisation. With such a great solution range, it makes putting together packages for your customers really easy, keeping them happy and offering you a great margin.

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Develop Smarter, Not Harder

Sonatype is the leader in developer-friendly, full-spectrum software supply chain management, providing organisations with total control of their cloud-native development lifecycles, including third-party open source code, first-party source code, infrastructure as code, and containerised code.

 

Sonatype

Sonatype is the leader in developer-friendly, full-spectrum software supply chain management providing organisations total control of their cloud-native development lifecycles, including third-party open source code, first-party source code, infrastructure as code, and containerised code. The company supports 70% of the Fortune 100 and its commercial and open source tools are trusted by 15 million developers around the world. With a vision to transform the way the world innovates, Sonatype helps organisations of all sizes build higher quality software that’s more aligned with business needs, more maintainable, and more secure.

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Key trends driving Database Development

Every company in the world uses a form of database to store data and sensitive information, but not every company has the necessary software to manage and protect their database. New trends in database development are driven by the demand of end-users for more intuitive, automated and secure software across the whole development lifecycle.

1. Cross-Database Development in hybrid environments

As cloud computing grows in popularity and improves on areas of dissonance such as security and usability, so do the number of companies opting for a hybrid environment. Similarly, to the demand of connecting IoTs with the cloud, software is also required to connect on-premise databases with cloud databases. This software also must be capable of connecting multiple on-premise databases and cloud databases in larger corporations.

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2. Big Data is a Wide Trend

The main focus of Big Data development is what has been coined ‘Wide Data’; companies wanting to bring multiple datatypes together to identify inconsistent and incorrect data formatting leading to data silos. Database management for Big Data is essential for all companies in every sector as data becomes the most valuable commodity to businesses and their industries.

3. 'Shazamming' Data for improved Business Intelligence

We’re all familiar with the mobile application Shazam that can identify songs being played and inform the user of the title and artist. The latest trend for improving Business Intelligence with Database Analytics is the development of self-service solutions that use algorithms to identify patterns and anomalies in data. It’s expected that in the future this will lead to increased capabilities for visualisation and improved user interfaces including dashboards and search bars.

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Database Development Solutions from our Vendors

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Embarcadero is committed to providing the industry’s broadest and deepest set of software tools for developers, database administrators, and architects.

  • InterBase, the IoT Award winning database, protects your systems with secure encrypted data storage, point-in-time recovery, disconnected field level change tracking that scales to 1,000’s of devices and more, all in a powerful lightweight, embeddable, admin-free database. Trusted by medical systems globally, with InterBase you can Embed, Deploy and Relax!

 

Embarcadero

Embarcadero is committed to providing the industry’s broadest and deepest set of software tools for developers, DBAs, and architects. Widely recognised for its award-winning products, Embarcadero enables customers to work more efficiently with the industry’s major database platforms, operating systems, frameworks, and programming languages.

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Connecting All Applications and Databases

Their promise is simple. With Progress Data Direct, your customers can connect any application to any database. If they don’t currently have a connector that your customers require, they can work with progress to develop a bespoke connector for their needs.

Solutions:

  • HDP (Hybrid Data Pipeline) is a self-hostable hybrid connectivity solution that your customers can run in the cloud or on-premises. With HDP, end users can access data in the cloud or on-premises behind a firewall.
  • ARC (Autonomous REST Connector) is an intelligent, customisable data connectivity solution enabling businesses to build and deploy enterprise-grade data connectors in minutes without coding.
  • OpenAccess SDK is the industry’s leading custom driver development kit that enables custom drivers for any data source to be developed within weeks.

Progress

Progress’ leading product, DataDirect, allows your customers to connect any data source to any application. It offers cloud and on-premises data connectivity solutions across Relational, NoSQL, Big Data and SaaS data sources and if your customers can’t find the connectors perfect for them, Progress enables them to build their own custom connectors.

Progress DataDirect is the trusted vendor for 350+ ISVs and 10,000+ enterprises for all their analytics, integration and data management needs.

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Performance optimisation and tuning with deep visibility

With SolarWinds you get deep visibility into the performance of your databases and expert advice for performance optimisation and tuning.

Solutions:

  • Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server identifies SQL Server performance issues most impacting end-user response time Pinpoint root causes by performing multi-dimensional analysis.
  • Database Performance Analyzer for Oracle identifies Oracle performance issues most impacting end-user response time. Pinpoint root causes by performing multi-dimensional analysis.
  • Database Performance Analyzer for IBM DB2 identifies the performance problems most impacting end user response time Pinpoint root causes by performing multi-dimensional analysis.
  • Database Performance Analyzer for Sybase identifies the performance problems most impacting end user response time. Pinpoint root causes by performing multi-dimensional analysis.

SolarWinds

SolarWinds offers value-driven products and tools that solve a broad range of IT management challenges – whether those challenges are related to networks, servers, applications, storage or virtualisation. With such a great solution range, it makes putting together packages for your customers really easy, keeping them happy and offering you a great margin.

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Increase productivity and improve database performance

Automate development and database management tasks to increase productivity, optimise database performance, and reduce administrative costs.

Solutions:

  • Foglight enables users to proactively detect, monitor, manage and resolve performance issues before they impact the business. Quickly identify and resolve performance issues across databases and virtual environments.
  • SharePlex for Oracle is a mature, high-performance, high-availability technology that offers a low-cost alternative to other Oracle replication tools.
  • Spotlight provides access to all the details that a DBA needs to make sure that the SQL Server database is running smoothly.
  • Toad solutions enables Database Administrators to do their job with increased accuracy and efficiency.
  • Toad DevOps Toolkit makes it easy to execute key database development functions within the DevOps workflow, without compromising quality, performance and reliability.
  • Toad Edge – the next generation of Toad tooling – simplifies MySQL development and administration.

Quest

Quest creates software solutions that make the benefits of new technology real in an increasingly complex IT landscape. From database and systems management to Active Directory and Office 365 management, and cyber security resilience, Quest helps customers solve their next IT challenge now. Quest Software - where next meets now.

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Key Trends driving Cross-Functional Development

When talking to your customers, it is important to understand how their applications are working in conjunction with their databases; whether manually inputting data or automating processes with APIs. Developing these processes and the relevant software is also included in the software development life cycle and comes with its own set of obstacles, solutions, and industry trends.

1. Every cloud has a silver lining

It’s impossible to talk about all other trends in application and database development without discussing cloud computing. In its infant years, a lack of trust surrounding the security of cloud computing and its compatibility with on-premise environments stunted its growth. Now however, there are countless third-party software solutions designed to counteract this dissonance:

  • Increase security
  • Manage hybrid environments
  • Conduct mass migrations of data
  • Build cloud-hosted applications
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2. Cyber Security: Monitoring, Identifying and Patching

Don’t let your customers fall victim to highly intelligent cyber criminals. Whether operating with software vulnerabilities, being targeted with phishing attempts or failing to secure data and processes (through software or human error), there are solutions from specialist vendors that can identify vulnerabilities, provide patches and reduce the risk of human error.

3. Faster is always better (according to users)

Similarly, to personalisation, improving the speed of processes is very much a user-driven demand that will never be truly satisfied. As there are technological advancements in all areas; cloud computing, AI, data management, new IoT releases, there is an expectation for faster, more intuitive process building and management. Faster processes lead to higher productivity and smoother development, which leads to greater profits.

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Cross Functional Development Solutions from our Vendors

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Connecting All Applications and Databases

Their promise is simple. With Progress Data Direct, your customers can connect any application to any database. If they don’t currently have a connector that your customers require, they can work with progress to develop a bespoke connector for their needs.


HDP (Hybrid Data Pipeline)
A self-hostable hybrid connectivity solution that your customers can run in the cloud or on-premises. With HDP, end users can access data in the cloud or on-premises behind a firewall.


ARC (Autonomous REST Connector)
An intelligent, customisable data connectivity solution enabling businesses to build and deploy enterprise-grade data connectors in minutes without coding.


OpenAccess SDK
The industry’s leading custom driver development kit enables custom drivers for any data source to be developed within weeks.

Progress

Progress’ leading product, DataDirect, allows your customers to connect any data source to any application. It offers cloud and on-premises data connectivity solutions across Relational, NoSQL, Big Data and SaaS data sources and if your customers can’t find the connectors perfect for them, Progress enables them to build their own custom connectors.

Progress DataDirect is the trusted vendor for 350+ ISVs and 10,000+ enterprises for all their analytics, integration and data management needs.

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Performance optimisation and tuning with deep visibility

With SolarWinds you get deep visibility into the performance of your databases and expert advice for performance optimisation and tuning.

Solutions:

  • AppOptics is a simple, powerful, and affordable SaaS-based infrastructure and application monitoring tool for custom on-premises, cloud, and hybrid systems.
  • Loggly is a highly affordable, hosted, and scalable full-stack, multisource infrastructure and application log management solution.
  • Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2 and Sybase identifies performance issues most impacting end-user response time Pinpoint root causes by performing multi-dimensional analysis.

SolarWinds

SolarWinds offers value-driven products and tools that solve a broad range of IT management challenges – whether those challenges are related to networks, servers, applications, storage or virtualisation. With such a great solution range, it makes putting together packages for your customers really easy, keeping them happy and offering you a great margin.

View vendor page

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