5 Ground-Breaking Software Development Trends ruling 2019

There’s no industry that doesn’t witness change over time. And when it comes to technology, change is more frequent and drastic than several other industries. Over the years, the IT sector has seen some of the most disruptive fluctuations in ideologies. From SDLC to Agile to modern-day IoT and Blockchain, it seems every year, a new trend sweeps tech circles. But it can never be said with conviction which trend will fade with time and which will stick around for a few years.

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None-the-less, with Gartner’s prediction that the software industry will experience a growth rate of 8.3 percent in 2019, we can safely assume that some of these new waves are here to stay, and hope that some are yet to come. On that note, let’s take a quick look at the top 5 software development trends that are set to rule the markets in 2019.

1. Low Code Development

Gone are the days when people used to sit for hours writing complex lines of code into IDEs. With the dawn of Low Code Development, drag-and-drop has become the norm. The approach follows the Lego methodology of development eliminating the need for manually writing code. Today, coding doesn’t require expertise. All it takes is the understanding of business logic and a few pre-built features embedded into low code platforms and any business user can come up with working snippets within a much shorter time than earlier. Forrester predicts that the low code development market will start making over $10 billion worth of revenue in 2019. Key advantages this tech trend brings with it are minimized the learning curve, low-to-no resource constraints, and lesser time-to-market.

2. Blockchain

Probably the most talked-about tech trend this year is Blockchain. While its core application lies in the financial sector, today Blockchain use cases are cropping up in diverse industries like insurance, IT, healthcare, as well as retail. With giants like Apple and JP Morgan exploring this technology for different purposes, experts assume 2019 will witness huge investments in this technology. Key Blockchain use cases that have already been identified include smart contracts, supply chain management, distribution of data, and identity management.

3. Artificial Intelligence

Today, there would hardly be a home or office where Alexa, Siri, and Google haven’t penetrated. So deeply have these technologies impacted our lives that even kids know how to make them function. Not just personal use, AI has infiltrated almost every industry; from hospitality to healthcare and e-commerce, AI is all the rage in 2019 and beyond. IDC predicts that by 2022, as many as 30% of worldwide enterprises will utilize conversational speech tech for customer engagement. Not just AI, its subsets like Machine Learning and Deep Learning are also gaining traction among businesses.  

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4. IoT (Internet of Things)

A quick look around is enough to reveal how deeply IoT has set its root into consumer lives. From health-tracking wearable devices to smart air and water purifiers, every second machine we see around is powered by IoT. And the craze is only spreading. According to David Evans (former CISCO researcher), every second as many as 127 new devices are connected to the Internet. With that kind of exponential growth that’s happening right now, imagine where IoT stands by the end of the year. And not just devices, automobiles are connected to the Internet too. PWC estimates that by 2020 over 90 percent of the automobiles will be IoT enabled.

5. Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps or PWAs are a healthy combination of traditional web apps and mobile apps. Basically, PWAs are sort of the common denominator between two vividly varying user experiences but an amalgamation of their best features. So PWAs usually have that good-old native app aesthetic and reliable device connectivity, but they also have the high-end browser-based UX of a web application. Such apps are easy to develop and maintain which is why several app development companies are getting attracted to them. PWAs have been steadily and increasingly been researched on over the past few years and the interest in them is likely here to stay.

While those are the key tech trends we think are here to make their mark, this list is pretty exhaustive and is nowhere near complete. Other development trends that hold water include Microservices, Cybersecurity, Mixed Reality, and many more.

Summary

With Google Trends depicting a continuous increase in the search volume of these technologies over the past 5 years, the interest in them is only expected to grow in the coming years. One of the key aspects of these technologies is that they aren’t limited to verticals; they’re more of horizontals that come with the promise of having the potential to transform the way we live. With a change in technology, software development trends have also reached a level where it is benefitting the companies to grow their business. At the pace with which they are capturing imaginations, organizations have no choice but to adapt to them and incorporate them within their workings such that they aren’t left behind.

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