Software development as an essential aspect of technology has always been marked by remarkable leaps and changes within a short period. As the capability of technology improves and the latest technology trends like 5G network and Web 3.0 get adopted widely, so will change in cloud and software engineering occur.
Hence, just like in previous years, there are new trends that are forecasted and are worth looking forward to by technology enthusiasts. They are explained in detail below:
Rise in Cloud Computing
Cloud computing isn’t a new trend in software development—companies have used it for a long time. However, the value of cloud computing as a software trend has only grown leaps and bounds recently due to the recognition of its value by startups, businesses and government organizations alike.
Cloud storage of applications and systems ensures greater security and easier maintenance and storage. Cloud also makes remote work easy since companies can link teams together and create working environments regardless of the distance between workers. Cloud solutions such as Iaas, Paas, and Saas are quickly adopted since they are easy to roll out and are not cost-intensive.
More Significant Strides in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have great potential to revolutionize every aspect of modern life completely.
In 2022, there is every chance that a more significant number of companies and institutions (both private and public) will adopt Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to solve problems, assist in critical decisions and facilitate products and services.
Companies in industries as diverse as healthcare (assistance in diagnosis), commerce (better customer service and decision making), and logistics (management and analysis of worker behavior) stand to benefit significantly from the adoption of both AI and Machine Learning.
The proliferation of intelligent devices will continue to change and affect how we work and provide a competitive advantage for businesses. Industries such as healthcare and logistics will benefit from fast-tracking and predictive diagnosis equipment.
Other benefits such as smart energy consumption, health monitoring and enhanced property security will become prevalent with even greater adoption of smart devices. IoT is a promising software development that will reveal the full extent of its potential in the future.
Increased Focus on Cybersecurity
Greater software technology adoption in every sphere of human productivity will necessitate tougher security frameworks that prevent data theft resulting from cyber intrusion.
Businesses and organizations will focus more on upgrading their systems, applications and web services to prevent such instances of data theft since cybercriminals are constantly searching for ways to beat the security systems of their targets.
Ransomware attacks and phishing will also remain contingency areas that businesses will try to mitigate to prevent attacks.
The use of blockchain technology in the cryptocurrency and NFT worlds only represents a minute quotient of its potential.
As the shift towards technology continues, businesses will need tighter levels of security to prevent data breaches. The security provided by blockchain technology evinces an excellent level of sanctity and will be used to develop reliable software applications in various industries.
The use of smart contracts in blockchain technology also guarantees greater levels of transparency and improves trust between partners.
Greater Popularity of Python
Python occupies the position as the most widely used programming language by most developers for creating complex web and app development applications to be used by businesses and their clients.
Python’s terse, dynamic, powerful and relatively easy-to-learn nature as a programming language has aided its popularity and helped lower the barrier of entry. As a result, it is the leading language in data science and engineering and occupies either second or third place in other areas in computer programming.
Use of Native App in Mobile App Development
There are four significant ways to develop mobile apps currently: Cross-Platform App Development, Hybrid App Development, Cloud-based Apps, and Native App Development.
As the mobile app market grows with a concurrent increase in the number of mobile phone users, mobile app downloads will also increase. Native App Development is the most popular method to create new apps due to its flexibility despite the expense required in terms of time and money.
Though Cross-Platform App Development offers similarity in code for apps on both IOS and Android operating systems and is the preferred method of app development by startups due to its lower overhead costs, Native App Development will continue to be the leading method because of the rigidity of Cross-Platform App Development.
Java Regains Its Software Development Turf
Java used to be the dominant software development language due to its multi-thread, moderately complex and easy-to-interpret nature. But since the rise of Serverless and Microservices, it has become disadvantageous because of its high memory footprint and slow startup speed.
An overhaul of the language with GravaalVM and the introduction of Angular JS has reignited its popularity amongst software developers. Since it compiles straight to Native Code, it is suitable for Cloud-Native development.
Back-end Developers are also likely to adopt it to more significant levels since it can handle back-end operations without much load. The ease of use and compatibility of Java software also facilitates excellent communication between the user and server sides.
Greater Outsourcing by Companies
Businesses have adopted outsourcing as an efficient way to meet their IT and software needs since most companies lack the resources (both human and monetary) to hire specialists due to the enormous wages involved.
As a result, they turn to custom software teams who may not even be local and are versed in several programming languages. These teams can carry out coding, product management and testing.
Therefore, outsourcing software development to freelance IT professionals is a cost-effective and innovative way to solve IT/software challenges.
Progressive Web Applications
The native-app user experience and ease of access from any browser on any device have made PWAs a cost-effective option for businesses to create cross-platform apps without hiring developers.
In addition, progressive web applications can test sophisticated app ideas, and its lightweight nature has generated enough interest to prompt huge investments by e-commerce businesses.
The rapid nature of software development trends translates into seemingly new trends becoming old hat in no time. With the ample information above, you can prepare yourself for the changes that are likely to occur in the new year.