We live in a world where every month more and more gadgets and applications are on offer for our use. None of these would be possible without innovative ideas and the work of professionals who excel at coding. The advancement of custom software development and technologies has opened up a lot of doors and led to inventions we never thought could be real. Below we consider some of the top trends in custom software development that we think will continue to thrive and develop in future years.
Blockchain: Star on the Rise
Blockchain is the software behind the Bitcoin hype that has taken the past year(s) by storm. It’s believed that blockchain will revolutionize all industries and more companies are considering blockchain-related services and blockchain development every day. Blockchain has already spurred significant changes in the financial services industry by empowering millions across the globe to transact and authenticate large-scale, non-cash transactions instantly, without the need for costly intermediaries. We predict the surge of blockchain will only continue to grow.
The Adaptability of IoT
The Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem is vast; wearables such as the Apple Watch, Android Wear, and Fitbit were just the beginning. In the not-so-distant future, everything from driverless cars to home appliances to business processes to communication devices will always be connected, collecting enormous amounts of data.
Everyone’s excited about the possibilities and opportunities that the Internet of Things will present. It therefore demands the vigilance of software developers, with the goal to being to figure out how to best program devices that will assist the users in controlling them. The ideal scenario is to create an application that allows seamless control of devices from everywhere and at any time.
Security: Unhackable and Encrypted
This is one of the hottest trends in software development today and will continue to stay that way as the internet expands and grows further. Thanks to the increasing amount of open APIs and personal data, coupled with the rise of cloud-based technology, all security measures need to expand in both sophistication and scope, especially to protect sensitive information. Just look at the recent Cambridge Analytica case – it’s events like these that spur developers to create software that can protect data better.
According to statistics, over 40% of businesses have now adopted artificial intelligence (AI) in automating their processes. This significantly shows the rise and dominance of AI in software development. From voice-activated home assistants to Big Data, smartphone companies are also developing frameworks to perform more tasks with the help of AI. Even Google has plans to base all its algorithms on this technology.
The Mobile Dominance
This is a software development trend that recurs every year. The dominance of mobile can’t be ignored with over 2 billion people using smartphones worldwide. Over 80% of people prefer native mobile apps to mobile websites, so this will always stay in the minds of software developers and will continue to be a strong influence in software development.
These are four of the biggest and most significant software development trends that you should be considering – in 2018 and beyond.