AR Will Become Increasingly More Accessible for Enterprises
To make an organization more agile, we need to put the power into the hands of those who are closest to the problem. Of course, people on the factory floor, in the field and in the warehouse, aren’t your typical software engineers and developers. One historical challenge in the AR industry has been the high level of effort it took to build AR-enabled applications. Forrester is spot on when it forecasts the demand for developers for AR experience will outgrow supply, which will create a constraint around the proliferation of AR in the enterprise.
“We’ll see increasing demand for developers that know how to build AR experiences. A short supply of these skills with constrain enterprise efforts, and put pressure on full-stack developers, who will find it hard to stretch their talents from end to end.” – Forrester
With that in mind, IDC’s prediction suggesting “improvements in simple (“low-/no-code”) development tools will expand the number of non-tech developers, and by 2021, these non-traditional tech developers will build 20 percent of business applications and 30 percent new application features (60 percent by 2027)” indicates a trend that is emerging in codeless/GUI-based application development.
The paradigm shift we are predicting here is really about the increased accessibility to organized data stores and business platforms through new AR platforms and toolkits, combined with the emergence of codeless development tools. This isn’t just a big deal for new application development–this is huge for change management. Software developers can now be empowered to focus on what they do best in AR, which is building connections to the enterprise systems of record and refining the user experience – not translating workflows from engineers into code.
We saw this trend coming well ahead, which is why the latest edition of our Skylight AR platform now features a drag-and-drop AR application builder and an all-new Skylight Connect feature which allows for the codeless integration of many common enterprise data stores. Our customers are now empowered to create and maintain their own AR workflows that are integrated into the systems that they use for their operations every day. That’s game-changing for how AR scales – there will be applications that are created that we have never seen before as a result.
As tools like Skylight and AWS Sumerian are becoming more commonplace, the market will hit an inflection point on the number of enterprise applications being developed. This explosion is going to be powered by the lowered complexity and cost to build and maintain apps, which will be driven primarily by apps targeted for the industrial workforce.
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Watch the webinar, “What’s Next for Enterprise AR in 2018” for more color commentary.