Any maturity stage of business requires from leaders and developers to know what to do in order to advance and what improvements to implement in their companies. To invest money and time rationally, senior management should conduct an in-depth research on the most popular trends in technology in general and in software development in particular. Below are some trends 2018-2019 that are worth your attention.
Over the last two years, Python’s popularity is rapidly growing due to its flexibility and simplicity of code. The language is used to build software in a wide range of industries from entertainment to even astronomy. Its syntax is straightforward and easy to learn. Many developers adopted Python for data analytics, engineering, and management. Besides, Python software engineer salary is one of the highest salaries among programmers.
Artificial Intelligence is the development of computer systems that are able to perform tasks that would require human intelligence. Examples of these tasks are visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. Machine Learning is an application of Artificial Intelligence that gives machines the ability to learn and improve without the help of humans or new programming.
Business owners no longer consider a cloud to be a good tool only. They focus on how they can use cloud solutions to streamline their business. Although cloud computing brought a lot of advantages, enterprises and big corporations still have some doubts about the security of cloud apps. But then again they start taking note of benefits like better efficiency, mobility, effective collaboration, and link speed.
Currently, businesses are starting to build valuable blockchain applications. In view of this, software development companies master the blockchain technology to create the apps that meet customers requirements. This is the cause of the great need for blockchain developers all over the world. The technology became a revolutionary approach to the finance industry and changed the way large-scale and non-cash transactions were executed.
PWA is a format of creating mobile apps which draw the attention of developers and users due to its simplicity and immediate interaction with users. PWA can be treated as a website built with a web technology but which interacts with users as an application. Improvements in browsers development, cash, and push-interfaces allowed to install an application on home desktop directly from a browser, get pop-ups, and even work in offline mode.
The Internet of things challenged the future of humans and devices. IoT connects everything: from home appliances to healthcare devices. The technology requires developers to have more skills among which are business intelligence, information security, UI/UX design, hardware interfacing, IP networking, automation, machine learning, design for data, etc. IoT has also changed the way business and industry processes are performed. Everything that can be automated must be automated. It will subsequently lead to total automation and jobs replacement of humans by robots.
It’s not about Windows Mixed Reality. It’s all about the mixed type of reality including real and virtual worlds. The technology encompasses both augmented virtuality and augmented reality. Mixed reality is currently used in the development of AR games and education programs.
Low-code development offers a faster way to build enterprise-grade solutions. It will allow creating a huge pool of non-technical application developers who already understand the business problems they need to solve. Inspiring and empowering these new developers to build applications will free up senior management staff to focus on more strategic initiatives. Such efforts will foster better collaboration and faster delivery of transformational digital initiatives both within the company — for employees — and externally for customers.
Security and confidentiality are top-of-mind for every business that’s why over the next year DevOps developers will be concentrated on building security into their software. With a rapid development of smart technologies, hackers can target any part of our lives, from production to home appliances. Ransomware works well where people neglect security, therefore, developers should focus on cybersecurity.
As soon as the data becomes available it can be analyzed. It is called real-time analytics. This type of analytics allows companies to process data immediately, without delays. Surely, this ability is a great advantage to businesses where data is of the main focus. For example, in B2B or B2C sectors real-time analytics in CRM systems increases customers satisfaction with services provided, communication and support got.
The changes anticipated in software development over the next year will drive developers into mastering new skills and roles. Simply put, new technologies require from IT specialists more than just programming. They will need to learn IoT, BI, AI, AR, VR, and a lot of other terms that are not just buzzwords but the things that could significantly affect our future.