Top 9 Software Development Trends to Watch Out in 2020
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By: Sagar Sharma

Top 9 Software Development Trends to Watch Out in 2020

Technology and software keep changing constantly and therefore, it becomes difficult to keep on top of trends. Moreover, with the emerging technologies, businesses and different industries deploy them in their fields to keep up with the competition. They constantly strive to serve their customers the best and unique products.

If companies and professionals do not leverage emerging technologies, then it might be difficult to compete against companies which have started to leverage technology to boost their businesses. However, it may be challenging to sort through the latest technologies to identify which one will be viable for your field. Also, you need to consider them in aspects of Return on Investment (ROI).

If we take a look at 2018, then you will find that there have been significant technological advances in the IT industry. Significant software technologies like Blockchain, IoT, AI, and more have been in the limelight for the past couple of years. These technologies are still evolving with improved use cases in 2020. It is expected that the software industry is forecasted to experience an 8.3% rise in 2020.

Let us take a look at which technologies you will need to watch out in 2020 if you are planning to expand your business on the horizon of software technologies.

Top 9 Software Development Trends that will rule 2020

1. Artificial Intelligence

With the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, it became easier to do those tasks that were limited to human minds. It is because the machines are programmed to conduct them exactly like humans. Therefore, you can say that Artificial Intelligence-based software can think intelligently like human beings.

Machine learning and deep learning are subsets of Artificial Intelligence, and they are gaining popularity among businesses. Therefore, more and more organizations have started to take machine learning development services as a necessity.

Artificial Intelligence makes simplifies business tasks and also brings an improvisation. Moreover, it has proved to be a great support to developers to experiment. This quality of AI has made its successful deployment in healthcare, banking, education, mathematics, and more.

2. Progressive Web Applications

Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are a kind of a mobile app that is delivered through the web. They are developed using common web technologies including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. PWAs can work on any platform that uses a standards-compliant browser. These applications are equipped with functionality that includes working offline, push notifications, and device hardware access, enabling creating user experiences similar to native applications on mobile devices. They have a script called service worker is an integral part upon which they majorly work.

Since they are web applications, developers do not need to install web apps via digital distribution systems such as the Apple App Store or Google Play. Moreover, PWAs are easy to develop & maintain, and can be loaded quickly even with low internet speed. Therefore, several mobile app development companies have shifted their focus on Progress Web Applications in the past recent years.

3. IoT

IoT known as the Internet of Things is the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. These objects are embedded with electronics, Internet connectivity, and other forms of hardware. They can communicate and interact with other similar devices over the Internet and can be monitored and controlled as well.

Applications based on the Internet of Things have spread to both customer and industrial domains. IoT has exponential demands in the sectors of safety and customer experience.

4. The Mixed Reality

Mixed Reality combines two technologies, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Let us take a look at the findings by statista in relevance to the demand and deployment of these technologies.

According to Statista, “The statistic shows the automotive industry’s spending on augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) worldwide in 2017 and 2025. In 2025, the global automotive AR and VR market is forecast to reach about 673 billion U.S. dollars, with a CAGR of 175.7 percent from 2018 to 2025. Technological advancement in connectivity is a major reason that drives the fast growth of the market.”

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AR has remarkably grown over the years with the increased use and its integration on smartphones apps. With the rise in the emergence of different smartphones, companies are scrambling to invest in building their AR application. They also hire AR app developers for this purpose. Unlike Virtual Reality, AR apps do not need hardware with the latest specifications.

5. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing evolves every year and is expected to forecasted to expand in 2020. Companies deploy hybrid and serverless cloud architectures to support various apps and to lower operational costs. Cloud service providers like AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure promote serverless models for computing. It beats even virtual infrastructure, which is the main concern for developers.

Moreover, lots of open source frameworks have accelerated in the direction of revolutionizing the way enterprise software apps are developed on the cloud.

Application containers will rise across enterprise environments. These containers will help developers develop and deploy apps faster and independently. Therefore, cloud services are forecasted to use more tools such as Docker enterprise, Kubernetes, Mesosphere etc. for managed containers.

6. Blockchain

Blockchain has always been one of the most talked about technologies in the world of software. The introduction of this technology has brought digital currencies such as bitcoin and Ethereum in the market. Along with being extensively used in the financial sector, industries such as media & publishing, banking and finance, and healthcare software development services have started to embrace Blockchain technology.

Thus, this technology is on a remarkable rise in 2020, and majority businesses will expand by embracing it.

7. Microservices

Microservices is expected to mature from a trend to the best practice in 2020. As a result, developers will adopt microservices as their must-have strategy. According to IDC, “by 2022, 90% of all apps will feature microservices architectures that improve the ability to design, debug, update, and leverage third-party code”.

Microservices architecture effectively meets the increasing demand for highly scalable applications. It offers separate data storage, minimize time-to-market, improve fault isolation, and a centralized security module.

8. Language Trends

Mostly, full stack developers use JavaScript to develop a software, as it is one of the most popular languages that offers great adaptivity for hybrid apps as well. It is crucial to select the right language to avoid repercussions in the later stage. You can come to know about these languages from various surveys.

Moreover, in the stack overflow survey of commonly used libraries, frameworks, and programming languages, Node.js scored 49.9% and Angular scored 39.6%. Other popular libraries, frameworks, and languages are React, .NET core, spring etc.

9. Cybersecurity

Organizations has always aimed to protect their critical information from unwanted access. However, the transformation came with the creation of Hullabaloo by WannaCry.

Cyber Security is critical for any business on both the internal and external front. It is very important to consider safety when it comes to safeguarding software and other internal functionalities. Enterprises take all kinds of measures to ensure that no vulnerabilities will attack their system through the development phase. Still, the question remains the same; what about the later stage? A lot of cybersecurity setups have emerged across the globe to provide external security. However, you still may need to take extra measures for the internal protection.

Conclusion

From the above discussion, it is very clear that these trends are going to be significantly present in the tech market in 2020. Along with these trends, the development industry is transforming to the next level of efficiency and productivity.

Software development is the core of the software industry and the tech world as well. Therefore, developers will need to update themselves with the changing and emerging trends to keep up with the latest technologies and their deployment.

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