Software development technologies are always changing. If you showed a modern, container-based development platform using Kubernetes and Docker to a developer who was working even a decade ago, it would be obvious how quickly development standards and best practices in modern development companies change.
But what’s in the future? What’s around the horizon – and what application development technology trends will become widespread in 2019 and beyond? In this article, we’ll give you some of our top predictions, based on studies from Gartner.
1. Augmented Analytics
Augmented analytics is a new type of data analytics, designed to use Machine Learning (ML) to transform the way in which content about data analytics is developed, shared, consumed, and processed.
Enterprise applications are going to have powerful ML algorithms and complex, yet easy-to-use analytics features built-in – from HR, to finance, sales, field service, marketing, customer service, supply chain, and more.
ML will allow for automated insights into major business segments, while manual control will allow for fine-tuning and refinement of data. Together, this will mean a much better, faster, and more efficient analytics data collection process.
2. AI-Powered Development
AI is going to become the core around which many software applications are developed. USing pre-built algorithms, professional developers will be able to device AI-enhanced solutions, and customize the AI to integrate with their development project.
In fact, AI may even be used during the development process itself – for automation of QA testing, writing of code, and collection of data during the development process. In the future, suitably advanced AI tools could also empower non-technical specialists to create their own programs, without requiring the services of a professional developer.
3. Edge Computing
Edge computing is the practice of distributing computing loads to numerous “edge” devices, rather than centralizing all computing power in a single data center.
Edge computing is going to become even more important to application developers, because the 3GPP 5G standard is going to be released in early 2019 – which will allow for more consistent, high-bandwidth connectivity with IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
As the Internet of Things evolves, the rise of edge computing becomes inevitable. Reducing latency by a few seconds on a smartphone certainly improves the user experience. Funny thing is that before the cloud, most computing did take place at the edge of the network, guess it’s coming full circle.
Blockchain is a highly-secure distributed ledger, which is designed to promote trust and transparency among business interactions. It’s most widely-known as the basis for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but it has a number of other potential uses.
Because it’s decentralized, we may see blockchain used in concert with edge computing, to enable alternatives to traditional financial networks, governments, and other such organizations. We expect blockchain and the broader distributed ledger technologies to become integral functions of all businesses in the future. It’s time that businesses and their leadership to begin to view these innovations as more than just buzzwords.
Blockchain technology integrations can be designed to help organizations distinguish and extract real, long-term business value.
5. An Emphasis On Privacy And Data Security
Data is becoming more valuable than ever – and the penalties for data loss are becoming more extreme. The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for example, sets forth steep penalties of up to 10 million Euro or more for noncompliance.
Because of this, we expect that IT companies and developers will have a renewed emphasis on security in the next year, and in the coming decade. Malicious attackers will continue to try to compromise databases and steal personal information – and it’s up to technology companies to prevent them from doing so.
Know What To Expect From Future Tech Trends – And Prepare Your Company
In 2019 and beyond, we expect all of these software development trends to become much more commonplace. So make sure that you understand the ramifications that these trends will have for you, and prepare yourself for the future of software development.