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Why CIOs should make the leap to Flutter now – InfoWorld

By David DeRemer, InfoWorld |
Emerging tech dissected by technologists
Ready for an understatement? CIOs today are facing unprecedented pressures.
Competition for customers and developers is white hot. The pace of change in user preferences and technology has never been faster. The costs of maintaining native software stacks are ballooning as a result. CIOs today must understand these trends — and how they connect back to the critical technology decisions that CIOs must make in trying to build productive teams and scalable, efficient, high-performing applications.
At the same time, CIOs must also de-risk shifting user preferences and ship features at the speeds that users are demanding. Today, three market conditions often stand in their way:
So, what can CIOs do to overcome today’s heightening pressures? These market factors typically present technology leaders with three imperfect paths to choose from:
Savvy technology leaders, however, are beginning to realize there is an emerging solution to these challenges that CIOs would be remiss to ignore: Flutter, the open source framework for building natively compiled, multi-platform applications from a single codebase. Flutter offers a new, simple approach to multi-platform app development that overcomes many of the drawbacks of other common native and cross-platform development approaches.
As CEO at app development consultancy Very Good Ventures, I first faced these challenges when the team from Broadway’s Hamilton: The Musical came to us with app feature requirements that had to look and function beautifully on every device. Flutter streamlined these bottlenecks and helped us deliver the Hamilton app in three months, which has since been downloaded over 3.5 million times and used monthly by half a million theatergoers. Since then, we’ve replicated our success and transformed the development capabilities of enterprises big and small with Flutter.
Flutter is a leading multi-platform software development framework to develop apps that run anywhere for every screen. Released by Google in 2017, it employs a single codebase and a friendly developer experience to create natively compiled applications. Using the popular Dart programming language, Flutter has grown more secure, dependable, and versatile with the introduction of new versions and features over the years.
Flutter is now the most popular cross-platform builder, according to JetBrains’s 2021 State of Developer Ecosystem survey. Developers have used Flutter to build 500,000 apps.
Companies like Alibaba, Toyota, and Betterment are using Flutter. Paired with innovations like hot reload, Flutter is improving the developer experience, helping dev teams work more closely together, and bringing more features to market faster and in a more scalable way.
CIOs are understandably concerned about transitioning to a new technology. They want to know if they can hire developers who can use Flutter, and they need to think about what to do with the development teams they’ve assembled. Flutter’s engineering takes many of those concerns into consideration. There are five key points to consider:
The arguments in favor of Flutter illustrate the urgency of becoming more acquainted with it. Smart CIOs who take a step back and look at the duopoly of the current app marketplace will recognize that businesses should not be maintaining two development teams.
Flutter and cross-platform apps are the future. CIOs who ignore this fact will feel like they are missing out in the next few years as upstarts and competitors use Flutter to iterate their app experiences much faster. A new app development ecosystem that pays no attention to today’s unnecessary platform divisions is taking off, and it’s time to get on board.
David DeRemer is Founder and CEO of Very Good Ventures.

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