What is the Future of IT?
That is a fascinating question to ask, but extremely hard to answer. Confucius said: “you need to study the past to define the future.” So let's ask ourselves the question first, what has changed our industry in the past decades? To simplify things, let us take the perspective of writing software and see what has changed. As Marc Andreessen described in his article in The Wall Street Journal in 2011: “Software is eating the world,” and by looking at software, we might be able to see what is changing the most and see what lies ahead of us. Nowadays, software is everywhere. It is not only at the places you expect it, like your laptop computer or your iPad, but it is in our cars, our refrigerators, the toys we buy for our kids, our home, our washing machine and, it sounds scary, even in your toilet in the future. So software is everywhere. But how do we build software? Has that changed significantly?