February 23, 2021

Are software developers important? Yes, very

Steve Ballmer said it best. Developers are critically important, and developers were the unsung heroes of 2020. I suppose that shocks no one, and in a recent survey of executives by the NoSQL database firm Couchbase, 92% of the executives agreed.

I secretly loathe the marketing term “digital transformation,” which is just a Gartneresque way of saying “using computers.” Yet if you have ever worked for a large company, you learn that much of everything is done in a hellishly inefficient way. “Sure, I’ll print out this form that basically has my name on it, sign it, scan it, email it, and follow up by phone in two weeks.”

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