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The Call for the Developer Hero By @Bonitasoft | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Are there heroes in the workplace? People whose actions save the day?

The Business Bat Signal: The Call for the Developer Hero

What is a hero? Well, to me, it's someone who takes the right action when it's needed and steps up to save the day.

Are there heroes in the workplace? People whose actions save the day? People who commit great acts of organizational excellence? I would say that there are. And more, I believe that workplace heroes often suddenly appear when the right signal goes out.

Software developers can be heroes. They alone have the power to create vital business solutions that the rest of the organization needs to succeed. Business leaders can dictate policy and call for changes to be made, but it's the developers who have the skills to create the applications that can really make a difference.

I see that the rise of the "developer hero" is related to big forces affecting today's companies. Lines of business are facing pressure to act quickly to seize market opportunities. Meanwhile, human resources departments are integrating new work processes, bean counters are tapping SaaS applications to optimize costs and compliance departments are demanding better reports to respond to tightening regulations.

Who is caught in the middle of all this swirling change and increasingly urgent demands? The IT team. Developers are being called upon to build and shape new, custom applications - and then to quickly change them as the organization outgrows or modifies the original needs. The developer heroes are the ones who can come to the rescue. They anticipate change, drive improvements and create best-in-class business applications.

The way these applications are typically created is problematic. Many projects require laborious coding exercises that take months, if not years, to complete, and when they're done, they're done. The application may have terrific functionality today - but what if a business leader wants changes? What if a process evolves and the organization wants IT to tweak the application to better serve the business?

What if the developer hero appears?

The developer hero is always looking for ways to reduce the time to create and maintain applications that will surprise and delight their users.

I believe in people. And I believe in empowering people to be developer heroes with the right technology to allow them to do exactly that.

So equipped with the right tools - the right superpower - the developer hero brings to the business:

  • Capability: Native programming ability and the skills to use a Business Process Management (BPM) platform to transform data, systems, and human interactions into a fully developed process application.
  • Accessibility: Involved from the beginning of the application development process, able to fully collaborate with the business analyst and graphically depict the workflow of the process app. Using the common language of BPMN helps the developer hero communicate the technical aspects of the evolving process model in a manner that the business analyst can grasp - visually and graphically.
  • Adaptability: To provide process applications that can be easily adapted to ad hoc situations that process users frequently encounter.
  • Flexibility: To quickly update the process application to meet changing needs in the business or the systems environment.

The well-equipped developer hero can design applications directly inside a BPM platform using business logic and business data that are well separated from the user interface. Using a development framework that offers this kind of flexibility, the clever developer hero develops applications quickly and then smoothly changes them when Lines of Business come back with their inevitable requests for fixes. The economical developer hero reuses code in both user interfaces and in business logic. The invaluable developer hero neatly performs live updates on a running application. With all this, extraordinary developer heroes create applications that can "live" and stay relevant to their business customers' and users' needs over time.

The IT team is in a unique spot in today's business organization. Inside IT, the developer has the power to create applications that solve real problems. Given the right tools, any developer can transform into a developer hero, saving the day and pushing the organization to a new level of productivity.

The call for the developer hero is on.

More Stories By Miguel Valdes Faura

Miguel Valdes Faura is a former developer, now CEO and co-founder of Bonitasoft, a provider of process management solutions. He leads the charge in Bonitasoft’s mission: to democratize Business Process Management (BPM), bringing powerful and affordable BPM to organizations and projects of all sizes.

Prior to Bonitasoft, Miguel led R&D, pre-sales and support for the BPM division of Bull Information Systems, a major European systems provider. He is a recognized thought-leader in business process management and passionate about open source community building.

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