OutSystems product leader defines the shape of ‘modern’ software

The way we think about the constructs, conduits and connections shaping the modern age of software in the cloud-first data-centric world has changed - in his role as head of portfolio marketing at OutSystems, Prakash Vyas has a special view on the shape of the new stack.

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Software evolves constantly. By its very nature, we can say that the moment any given piece of software hits live production deployment and goes into the hands of users, it starts to be out of date.

This inconvenient truth has (thankfully, due to the birth of cloud computing) been addressed to a degree, through new approaches to Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment (CI/CD). Today we can use the massively connected nature of the cloud backbone to update, enhance and augment software long after it is first created.

But even with cloud and its compendium of continuous continuity, there is still a huge amount of technology vendor discussion surrounding the idea of so-called ‘modern application development’, whatever the term itself is really supposed to mean.

Legacy software still works

Is it even fair to talk about modern software? One school of thought argues that we should be a whole lot more courteous and respectful of older software; after all legacy software is only legacy because it still works.

Legacy stalwarts have a valid point, but it’s a point that wears thin. While legacy software is indeed still functional, the lion’s share of it is arguably in place because it is some behemoth chunk of (often public sector) systems code that nobody has figured out how to unravel and modernise as yet.

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