We are quickly approaching the end of 2017, an ideal time to think about the future.
Following a year of immense growth and innovation, what does the future hold for business applications? What are the features of the best platform for the next generation of business apps?
To answer these questions, it helps to think like famous science-fiction writer William Gibson: "The future is already here—it's just not very evenly distributed.". The first crop of next-generation business apps have already been created.
Currently, these apps are available to just a few innovators, but some of them will eventually cross the chasm to most users. It may also be helpful to apply venture capitalist Marc Andreessen's "nerds at night" test.
To see the future, he asks himself: "What do nerds do on nights and weekends? " A lot of the stuff that technology enthusiasts are cobbling together during their free time will comprise the enterprise apps of tomorrow.
What's keeping the nerds up at night?