Has Software Development Adapted?

Cloud technology has enabled many trends in software development – namely, rapid innovation, shared risk, and a sense of community. These are things valued by millennials as well as Generation Z.

The Evolution of IT

When it comes to modern software development, Generation X developers were the ones that kickstarted it. Members of this generation were used to designing and building systems entirely from scratch. At first, they were not entirely sure about cloud platforms because they needed to first see whether those could provide the needed services at scale.

They also had to change their views about integration from a product focus to a service focus in order to allow cloud architecture to provide services that would tie into their own companies’ product or service offerings. In other words, members of Generation X were early adopters of cloud technology.

The Mindset of Millennials

Today, millennials make up more than 1/3 of the workforce. By 2025, that number is expected to jump to 75%. As a whole, millennials value innovation. When they take on leadership roles, they push their companies to adopt new technologies like the cloud.

In comparison to Generation X, millennials are also less risk-averse and are more flexible and open to ongoing learning opportunities. They prefer working in teams rather than individually, which results in a more integrated workforce.

How Cloud Contributes to that Mindset

Cloud-based architecture is made for collaboration. Therefore, it’s the perfect tool for a team mindset. This new way of thinking doesn’t leave room for the previous generations’ top-down, hierarchical approach.

It offers more immediate results, which matches the level of patience of millennials and Generation Z. What’s more, cloud results in an agile way of thinking, making developers focus on the why behind a project rather than the how.

This is why, as we look ahead into the future, we will see that organizations that are willing to work with cloud platforms will have a better chance at retaining top employees from millennials and Generation Z.


  1. Millennial – a person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century; born 1981-1996
  2. Mindset – the established set of attitudes held by someone; an inclination or habit
  3. Rapid – quick; fast; high-speed
  4. Generation Z – there is no precise date for when Generation Z begins, but demographers and researchers typically use the mid-1990s to mid-2000s as starting birth years
  5. Generation X – the generation born after that of the baby boomers (roughly from the early 1960s to late 1970s)
  6. Early adopters – people who start using a product or technology as soon as it becomes available
  7. Risk-averse – reluctant to take risks
  8. Hierarchical – arranged in order of rank
  9. Agile – able to move quickly and easily
  10. Retain – keep; continue to have something

Questions for Discussion

  1. In what ways has cloud changed software development?
  2. What are some of the differences between Generation X developers and millennials?
  3. Which approach is closer to your heart? Explain.


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