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Can Your Enterprise choose Python for Software Development?

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Renjith Raj,Chief Technology Officer

“Python is not a good choice for complex enterprise apps.”

Python software development has been hearing this for a long time. While some consider it a small gun compared to other programming languages, another group of people also favors Python for its end-user benefits. So, what’s the truth? Is Python a good choice for enterprise apps? 

Well, prior to diving deep into the facts, we have to deal with the concerns of enterprises regarding software development. Because the end decision is profoundly influenced by how effectively the chosen technology stack wins over their objections. 


Major concerns in enterprise software development


The expectations from enterprise applications are sky-high. Like it is said, with great expectations come great responsibilities. Enterprise software development is indeed a complex procedure. Any application, simple or complex requires a vision, strong domain expertise, and solid experience. As organizations jump on the bandwagon of software development, they are bombarded with questions and challenges regarding: 


Security 


Enterprise apps exchange large chunks of confidential data on a daily basis. Therefore, it goes without saying that any form of a security breach is unacceptable. It can not only disrupt business functions but also adversely affect reputation among the clients. Thus, safeguarding valuable user data has become a mandate for enterprises and organizations. They need highly-secure applications which can resist any form of security attack. 


Access to data 


The mammoth of data in enterprise applications is accessed by multiple users from diverse locations simultaneously. As streams of real-time data exchange occur, accessibility of data from remote working locations poses a major challenge. Here, interoperability standards need careful execution for a successful enterprise application management.


Scalability 


As complex it sounds, enterprise apps have a high usage rate. Fast forward to the next year, there will be double the number of users. Hence, applications require logical scaling up periodically to meet the rising user demands. Enterprises have to evaluate the scope of scalability of the application/software from the initiation phase. 


Integration with existing systems 


Enterprise application architecture is a mesh of inter-connected systems. The new application has to glide on smoothly with existing application network. A siloed working condition is the last thing anyone would expect in such a scenario. There needs to be a perfect synergy between the existing linked applications and the recently developed one. 


Operational efficiency 


Enterprise software is developed with the sole purpose of simplifying tedious tasks and improving the efficiency of the workforce. In this regard, factors such as speed and performance of the application play a vital role. The performance of the app is one of the priority factors determining the success of enterprise software. 


Skillset 


The adequate skillset, in other words, the set of people to manage the application is a necessity rather than a concern. The right team of technology experts ensures that the system keeps running seamlessly under all circumstances. This may not be the case if applications run using outdated technologies. If the chosen technology stack lacks adequate community support, then it would become increasingly difficult to find the right skillset to manage the application. 


Development speed 


Unlike off-the-shelf software, custom software development can be slow and time-consuming. 76% of IT professionals say that it takes on average at least three months to develop an app. If it’s an enterprise application, the process can be even slower as it is a more thought-through method. Timely delivery is a distant dream for most of the enterprises. This, in turn, can delay progress and value creation. 


Is Python ready for enterprise application development?


As the technology head of a custom software development company with a core focus on Python services, it is expected that I would be biased towards Python here. Well, this wouldn’t be the case a few years ago. Back then, we had Python for our off-shore development projects because it made sense for a novice like us to choose a not-so-favorite language for finishing small projects. 

From then on, we have tried our luck with various other programming languages like C++, PHP, Perl, Golang, and so on. And Golang is still one of our favorites. As of today, we have delivered over 300+ projects to clients all over the globe. The surprise element is that a majority of our client applications are powered by Python. So, trust me when I say that Python can be used for top-notch enterprise applications.


Advantages of Python over other programming languages 


Like it or not, Python has the capability to develop high-performing enterprise apps. To top it off, Python can easily adapt to changing business paradigms. Python isn’t a perfect language, no programming language is perfect. It does have certain limitations. Let’s take the example of its Global Interpreter Lock (GIL). Nevertheless, the GIL being a limiter for parallelism is getting improved with each new version. 

Talking about security, every language is secure if executed in the right manner. You can use the same language to code securely as well as insecurely. It all depends upon your coding efficiency. After all, the tech giant Google wouldn’t be using Python if it was vulnerable. 

If scalability and access to data are the issues in the limelight, then we have some answers as well. Consider the case of Instagram which has over 1 billion users worldwide. Why did Instagram choose Python for their application? Because of its simplicity and practicality. There are other examples as well such as Youtube, Dropbox, Paypal, etc., which run on Python. Therefore, Python is not just for small-scale apps but also for large, enterprise applications. 


Final Thoughts 


The popularity of a programming language isn’t a major benefactor itself. However, it is definitely a significant contributing factor. As the more and more Python users arise, the community expands its horizon. Hence, you have guaranteed community support for your Python applications. In such cases, lack of skillset is one of the last issues you would ever encounter. 

I would say it is a battle-tested server-side programming language. The fact is that Python is fast, scalable, and productive. Hence, your enterprise application goals can be readily achieved using Python. It is on par with other programming languages in terms of enterprise software development. 

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