It used to be that you could get by with just a copy of Microsoft Office suite and your field’s analysis program of choice. Maybe there was another specialized tool you needed, or some type of home built piece of software owned by your organization but that was about it.
But the web has grown and slowly but surely so have our software needs.
Now maybe you need a project management tool, a document sharing service, a webinar tool, an online meeting tool, a dashboard tool, blog software, a web analytics tool, a graphics creator, a forms creator, a web survey tool, and so on and so on.
Lots of you are waiting for a piece of dominant software (or maybe a few pieces of dominant software). But they’re not going to come.
Developers can thrive (or at least survive) by creating software that focuses on being really good at something really specific. For the user, it’s both a blessing and a curse.
We need to stop waiting for the dust to settle, because it won’t. We need to learn to thrive in an environment where choice is a constant.