You know of that software technology that you are obsessed with this year? Well, next year it could no longer be relevant or be overshadowed. Software development is changing rapidly, and you have to keep up with the changes. Currently, software development is the highest paying job in the US, proving that the industry has a lot to promise going into 2019.
2018 has witnessed some significant breakthroughs in this field, and more is yet to come. 2019 promises the emergence and dominance of trends in software development like Artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and blockchain. As of now, software developers are enthusiastic because the coming year is going to be an excellent year for them and technology.
Here are some of the top software development trends that will dominate in 2019:
The blockchain is also referred to as the shining star because it’s one of the technologies that stood out in 2018, thankfully because of the meteoric rise in the Bitcoin. Blockchain is a peer-to-peer network of largely interconnected computers which can’t be modified or changed and is mainly used to store data. Beyond digital currency, blockchain is set to revolutionise nearly every industry.
Blockchain is rapidly gaining more ground, and many organisations across the globe are already implementing it or have plans to adopt the technology in future. It’s a form of change management software, considering that its set to be included in nearly all organisational processes to help streamline them.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
As of now, 40% of businesses are estimated to have adopted artificial intelligence to automate their processes. According to Gartner, AI-derived business value is expected to reach a whopping $3.9 trillion by the year 2022, with up to 62% projected growth in 2019. Companies are integrating AI-driven solutions to perform specific tasks to stay ahead of competitors.
From voice-activated smart home technologies to smartphones and big data vendors, AI is expected to make it big in 2019 and the subsequent years. Facebook, Google and Slack are some of the companies embracing AI, with Google considering basing its algorithm on the technology. AI is set to change the world in many ways. If you are a keen software developer, then AI is something to watch out for.
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)
2018 has seen tremendous growth in WPAs, and the growth is expected to increase in 2019. WPAs are conventional apps that look and act like native mobile applications but with the added advantage of browser technology. Web Apps are expected to contribute a significant share of the market as compared to mobile apps in the long term.
WPAs are easier to maintain and develop than mobile apps and offer the best features of the web and mobile app combined. Companies like Google have started focusing on features in their browsers that allow web apps to work just like mobile apps.
2018 has seen a rise in the awareness and surge of cyber security with the same expected to double in 2019. Considering the increase in cyber attacks around the globe, cybersecurity is at the forefront in most organisations, enterprises and governments. Therefore, it means more resources are being availed to develop new security solutions.
There is a rise in cybersecurity startups, and they are estimated to be worth billions. Just like blockchain technology, advances in the world of cybersecurity will provide more opportunities for software developers who wish to make use of their unique skills for many years to come.
Any new or old technology can fade away in a moment due to the rapidly evolving advancements being introduced in the market every day. For smart software developers, staying up-to-date with improvements and changes in the software technology and industry trends ensures you’re a step ahead.