Top 3 Enterprise Software Strategies for 2017

As we all recover from our New Year's Eve festivities, it's time to look forward to what 2017 is going to mean for our IT systems and businesses in general. We at Buccaneer sat down and came up with what are likely going to be the top three enterprise software strategies for the new year.

Containerization: Many CIOs and IT Managers have learned the hard way that there is a high cost to proprietary lock-in with cloud services such as AWS or Microsoft Azure. That's why we recommend using containerization strategies using open-source technologies such as Docker to abstract away the specifics of the individual proprietary platform your software is running on. What this allows is your software to portable between different proprietary clouds. In fact, using additional open-source packages such as Dokku can allow your organization to leverage the conveniences of easy to use deployment platforms such as Heroku at a fraction of the cost and on your own systems.

Line of Business Mobile Apps: Over the last year, we've directly helped a number of large organizations such as the US Army and US Air Force for example leverage mobile technologies to develop custom solutions for their own personnel's internal use. Despite the ubiquity of mobile devices many enterprises are not leveraging them with custom internal apps yet, but this is likely to change as they see the advantages and return on investment their competitors who enjoy from them. This will become increasingly true, as more organizations adopt strategies to integrate mobile clients into their existing IT services.

Mobile Hybrid Ubiquity: As more and more enterprises adopt custom mobile solutions, cost saving hybrid technologies such as Ionic will become the default solution for enterprise line of business mobile apps. Ionic in particular enjoys the advantages of being open-source and based on the widely accepted JavaScript web development frame work Angular.js, which invites a good amount of code sharing between mobile apps and responsive mobile websites; it will be particularly common to share CSS between all web-based solutions to maintain a consistent brand look and feel without duplicating developer effort between platforms.