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CRV 2019 Predictions: The Future World of Enterprise Software and Coding

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Reid Christian, General Partner at CRV

The Future World of Enterprise Software and Coding

2018 was a huge year for tech giants and innovation among outdated enterprise software. As we enter into 2019, below are the areas where I see the enterprise world evolving over the next year -- a surge in big money, a new type of software developer profile, and a shift in coding languages.

A Sizeable Amazon Enterprise Acquisition Is On The Horizon.
  • We all know Amazon is a tech giant that continues to innovate and break into new markets, and 2018 was no different. We saw them expand into autonomous checkout with Amazon Go, healthcare with the acquisition of PillPack, attempt to enter consumer's home with the acquisition of Ring, and move their headquarters to Arlington and Long Island City. In 2019, I believe Amazon will make a big acquisition that will change the enterprise world and enhance Amazon Web Services. With storage and compute decisions today more than ever in the hands of developers instead of CIOs, I believe AWS will make >$1B acquisition centered around exceptional DX (developer experience), meaning workflows and UI/UX that are intuitive and consumer like. I expect Amazon will want to have a big enterprise moment in 2019, similar to what Microsoft had by acquiring GitHub in 2018.
There's a New Type of Developer In Town: Coding Academy Kids.
  • You no longer need a college degree in computer science or engineering to start a career or obtain a high paying job at the world's largest tech companies including Apple and Facebook. In 2018 and even more in 2019, we'll see an increase in young developers getting nanodegrees or other education credentials from a few months of online courses and coding academies like Udacity and Flatiron School. In 2019, I expect tech companies to be looking for applicants that fit the mold of the new developer: fast-paced, able to implement new programming languages into older systems, and those who can leverage new ways front-end software is being deployed and managed.
The Coding Evolution Is Here, From LAMPStack to JAMStack.
  • In 2018, we saw a massive shift in how websites and applications were developed, resulting in architectures moving from LAMPStack to JAMStack. I expect websites and applications to continue to move this way in 2019. Why? JAMstack provides increased security, faster deployments and load times, that cost less and are easier to manage. But more importantly, JavaScript and modern web browsers have become so powerful that developers and businesses can now focus more on the end user experience (UI/UX) and the business logic of applications than the infrastructure. In 2019, I expect more people to utilize JAMStack and expect to see a surge in the JAMStack landscape of developer tools. I also expect the collaboration gaps between frontend stakeholders - from content creators, marketers, design, and development, to start to be filled.


About the Author


Reid joined CRV in 2017 after spending five years in the venture industry at Battery Ventures and Symmetric Capital. He primarily focuses on B2B investments and currently works with CRV investments in Concord and three unannounced developer-focused startups. Reid took a brief hiatus from the venture industry to join the venture-backed startup Salsify, and previously spent time at the investment banks RBC Capital Markets and TM Capital. He graduated from Bates College with a BA in economics.

Published Monday, January 28, 2019 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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