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πŸ€” How Developers Will Work in 2022?

From tooling changes to the ascent of the hybrid event model, it’s all change, all the time.

As a seasoned engineer, you've seen your fair share of industry changes. Over the past forty years, developers have witnessed the emergence of new coding paradigms and approaches that have had a seismic change to how they work. Examples include the mainstreaming of object-oriented programming in the early 1990s and the emergence of multi-core programming in the late 2000s.

More recently, Covid-19 has turned the development world on its head, forcing teams to adapt to a brave new distributed world. As we enter the second year of the pandemic, it is increasingly clear that these changes aren't a temporary blip but rather a long-term reality.

So, what can we expect from 2022? We spoke to four development, product, and privacy experts at Auth0 to hear their predictions for the year ahead.


Remote Working Drives Tooling

It's been almost two years since the world was tipped on its head. Tech roles, from software development to system administration, moved from the cubicle farm to the home office. Slack DMs replaced the usual water cooler conversations. Although some firms have fully embraced these seismic shifts, notably Twitter and Pinterest, others are less keen.

Several Silicon Valley giants β€” most notably Google and Apple β€” set deadlines for a return to in-person working, although these have been pushed back again and again, following the emergence of the Delta and Omicron variants. Like it or not, remote working is here to stay for the foreseeable future. As Adam Housman, Group Product Manager at Auth0, explains, this will influence how developer tools are made, configured, and used.

"I'm excited about how the shift towards remote work is impacting the choices in tooling that design and development teams make. We see a lot more globally distributed teams, and that is directly influencing which SaaS products are gaining traction in modern software companies," said Housman.

"Products that take the friction out of async collaboration are experiencing a massive amount of growth, but we've reached the point that even companies which may have been late to react to the initial shift with COVID are now catching up," he added.

What does this mean in practice? Housman expects developer-facing SaaS products to compete for less on functionality but more on flexibility, interoperability, and ease of adoption. Scalability will be another key factor, Housman adds, and the most successful tools will be those that can work equally well across whole companies as with small teams.

"Companies of all sizes are using way more SaaS products today than they did just a year ago, and we're seeing a distinct shift from top-down purchasing to autonomous teams championing the tools that they need to be effective. I am very bullish about it because that autonomy directly translates to being happier and more productive at work," he said.

"We're experiencing a bit of a renaissance in SaaS right now; products that solve problems well, are delightful to use, and reduce friction in collaboration among distributed teams have an advantage over more traditional players that rely on top-down adoption. Those that can do all of that and also nail the land-and-expand motion – by fulfilling all of the "enterprise" requirements around single sign-on, security, compliance, and auditing – will be the clear winners."


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