5 Top Software Development Trends to Watch in 2016

Top 5 Software Development Trends

It is thought that one of the most challenging and rapidly changing sectors of IT industry is that of software development. It has already been reported that software development is one of the main drivers of business transformation across industries and a real disruptor of how businesses are selling their services and products to their customers. With advancement in emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and cloud computing. Wearable technologies are posing challenges but are also presenting huge opportunities for businesses. Although there are millions of software developers out there, there is still a huge demand for software development talent for those emerging technologies. It is widely accepted that software development presents a significant potential, as Marc Andreessen rightly pointed out, and “software is eating up the world”.

#1: Native mobile
Let’s face it, mobile is big and is here now more than ever. Digital is going mobile, web traffic from mobile is quickly growing, and m-ecommerce is growing rapidly. Thus, not having an optimised, responsive mobile site means you will miss out on valuable traffic, leads and revenue. However, even those are not enough to be able to compete in today’s always-on world, so companies should make their products and services available to native mobile apps. Customers are demanding their services on their preferred devices, which are their mobiles provided at their comfort.

#2: DevOps Adaptation
In today’s mobile age, companies are increasingly adopting cross cloud software development processes where Dev occurs in the cloud and Ops occur in on-premises systems. A study by Gartner shows that DevOps is going to evolve into a mainstream strategy employed by 25% of global 2000 companies. This trend is quite interesting for companies because they want to achieve the economies of scale and scaling out their business activities. Furthermore, Gartner indicates that by the end of 2016 the market will reach $2.3 billion, and as such, represents a huge opportunity for software developers to use it as an enabler and a capable tool.

#3: Internet of Things (IoT)
Another fascinating trend to look at is that of IoT, which is changing how companies and consumers engage. IoT is going mainstream, expanding rapidly and relentlessly. Some devices like vehicles, machine tools, turbines, and street lines are being embedded with software, sensors, and connectivity at a fast pace. For example, smart appliances (like a refrigerator) are turning into an e-commerce shops for consumables. Research by Gartner claims that around 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ will be in use in 2016.

#4: Big Data
A trend like Big Data is having a significant shift in consumer behaviour and how to understand this shift to better market their products and services. Big data are enabling companies to make smarter decisions as well as improve their business model and operations. Studies show that the big data analytics market is worth around a trillion dollars, presenting a huge growth potential for business analytics software and business intelligence solutions. It is evident there is more data than ever before, but the question remains what to do with all this Big Data? When analysing data, one needs to first know the purpose, and then try to analyse, interpret and report the data to make sense of it.

#5: Wearable Technologies
Wearable technology is one of the most amazing areas of IT trends that have received much attention among developers, designers, and enterprises. Be it a smartphone, smartwatch, smart trainers or smart devices, they present a huge opportunity for brands to engage with their customers on a daily basis.
A case in point is Google Glass, which is an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It was developed with the mission of producing a ubiquitous computer and glass displaying information in a smartphone with a hands-free format. And the wearers of these glasses communicate with the Internet via voice commands.

It is not always easy to predict exactly what the future holds in software development, but software development will continue to evolve and expand rapidly. As a leading IT outsourcing company, Kosbit is always aware of emerging IT outsourcing trends and software development trends trying to make better use of them for our clients. Our team of experienced software developers is here to help you with planning, implementing, and testing your software development needs.