Whew. Thankfully there are finally signs that the Great Recession is waning (knock on wood). The metrics used to judge the health of the economy such as unemployment are bad but not as bad. The stock market had a big bounce off lows, Avatar raked in a billion dollars, and Barbara Walters named Lady Gaga one of the 10 most fascinating people of 2009. This does not mean we are out of the woods yet. But, it does mean that we can start thinking and looking up in 2010.

What Are The Top Changes For Application Development In 2010?

My fellow analysts John R. Rymer and Jeffrey Hammond and I asked and answered this question in our latest research report published January 4, 2010 – The Top Five Changes For Application Development In 2010.

Here are the highlights:

  1. Embrace cloud as an emerging platform. It is time to put your head in the clouds because developing applications for the cloud requires new thinking.
  2. Find your inner startup. Lame bureaucracies stunt innovation and make everything take longer.
  3. Favor flexibility and cost over platform loyalty. Your fleet should include Cadillac CTS, Honda Accord, Ford F-150, Harley Electra Glide, and rollerblades.  
  4. Become passionate about user experience. You can be perfect at business analysis, project management, architecture, coding, and testing but it is all for naught if the user hates the application you built.
  5. Find and coach your talent. Name one professional sports coach that talks about their players as “resources”.

Forrester Clients: Please read the full report to see “Forrester’s Call To Action” for each on these changes.

Non-Forrester clients: Find more detail about the changes in the press coverage Of Forrester’s Top Five Changes For Application Development. Here are a few of them:

Cloud Ready For App Development In 2010

InformationWeek – Charles Babcock – ‎Jan 5, 2010‎
Cloud computing offers a potentially higher speed development platform. It’s time to get started, say three Forrester Research analysts.

Forrester: 5 keys for application development in 2010

CNET News – Dave Rosenberg – ‎Jan 4, 2010‎
Application development professionals need to become “lean and mean” to emerge from the current economic recession, according to Forrester

Top 5 App Dev Changes In 2010

Dr. Dobb’s Journal – Jonathan Erickson – ‎Jan 5, 2010‎
If it’s true that change is good, then 2010 ought to be a banner year for software developers, at least according to a new report entitled The Top Five

Five changes for application development in 2010

SDTimes.com – David Rubinstein – ‎Jan 5, 2010‎
Lean and mean, according to Forrester analysts Mike Gualtieri, John Rymer and Jeffrey Hammond, refers to cutting costs in the current