The future of software development is already here! Software development processes, the tools thereby are rapidly advancing to make technology accessible and easy to use for one and all. At the same time programming languages are introducing innovation and functionality for developers to make the most of. These possibilities are opening up exciting and novel opportunities for the enterprises to exploit. Societal demands are also a contributing factor towards technological advancements. 

A number of industry leaders are readily embracing software improvements now. This can be ranging from a minor shift to a whole rapid transformation in the tech stack and processes over a period of time. As an aftermath of pandemic many organizations also had to accelerate their priorities and make them more attuned with the current competitive marketplace, overhauling all of their business models at times. The transition towards more personal and customized online products and services has led to transition in the mindsets of entrepreneurs and key decision makers. The increasing demand for software development is leading to inception of new and quick technology catering to the relevant times.

Let’s have a look at the ongoing technological trends to watch out for.

1. The popularity of machine learning and Ai is worth of the hype

A lot of times Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are understood to be one and the same however they have their significance individually and separately. Machine Learning is a part or subset within Artificial Intelligence. AI is one of ever evolving and quickly adaptable trend in software development company in India. As per popular belief AI and ML are no longer the tools only with hi-tech organizations. These modern software development trends have found acceptance in small and medium scale industries as well. Fintech is hugely benefitting from the predictive powers and computational ability of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The huge increase in demand for these technologies have been both within and outside of IT. AI and ML have a big say in what is being developed and how it is being implemented. ML is capable of being applied in a variety of places in development; setting budgets, prototyping, assisting in programming and the likes.

One of the most sought-after trends of Machine Learning in 2023 is Generative AI; the technology to be able to generate new content with the use of the available content. Generative AI can be beneficial in targeted marketing. It can also yield results for pharmaceuticals manufacturing. It may so happen within the next 10 years, that 10% of the overall data that is produced is through Generative AI.

With Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence every business can gain, no matter what the size.

2. Novel way of development with Low Code No Code Platforms

Low Code and No code tools as the name suggest requires no or low coding towards app building and deploying. This approach to development comes with a visual environment where users are able to create applications with the help of pre-built blocks. Especially low code tools of development can promise rapid development speeds with the accessibility open to non-tech individuals who do not know coding or have no or little coding knowledge. With this novel approach to development businesses outside of IT will be able to access development efforts without over burdening the IT teams within organizations. At the same time the developers who are overburdened can make the best of these tools to quickly develop applications.

There are certain concerns when we speak of low code, no code tools of app development. General flexibility, future scalability and security are some of the questions that may come to our mind. Hence it is not recommended to create the whole of the software architecture using the low code, no code technology. Some routine, mundane aspects can be offloaded to be built using these tools. Strategic and creative aspects of development can be taken care by the expert developers.

There are some drawbacks of the LCNC approach to development however it is improving by the day. The improvement that we see of these platforms is at a rapid pace no doubt.

 It is not a question that low code tools will empower the non-tech individuals with more technological freedom. This novel approach to software development is both innovative and useful.

As per Gartner Worldwide Low-Code Development Technologies Market to Grow was 23% in 2021.

3. The robust cloud native software infrastructure

Services and apps deployed on the cloud have already scored popularity with a number of users, businesses and other organizations. The cloud-built infrastructure is the next steps when it comes to the new gen technological forces to software development. Cloud native software is especially designed to be accesses within a distributed cloud specific architecture. Some of the huge tech giants are offering cloud services that are capable and more affordable now than before.

Cloud enabled software is the bright future of software development. Businesses need not empty their pockets to access these services. The scalability of these apps is also guaranteed in the future when needed. It is possible to drive the costs matrix down for businesses in the cloud-based subscription software development architecture, as you’d only pay for the resources you’d need. Software developed on the cloud infra can be run on public, private or hybrid clous architecture.

4.Blockchain is changing the software development game

There was a time whenever we talked of blockchain, the first thought in our minds was about cryptocurrency. However now blockchain technology is applicable to host of other products and services. Blockchain is identified as one of the significant trends in the software development industry. Blockchain technology is distributed and decentralized. Hence it promises exceptional transparency and security in host of transactions no matter what sectors. Blockchain is applicable in Fintech and beyond.

  • Blockchain can be utilized within platforms that provide Intellectual Property security
  • Supply chain monitoring systems can benefit from Blockchain services. Oil and gas industry, automotive, logistics, agriculture etc can gain from Blockchain
  • For security of voting systems Blockchain system can come in handy

It is expected that by the close of this year we may be able to witness a host of software developed using blockchain technology

5. DevSecOps technology is highly secure

DevSecOps is the novel way to software development that embeds security at every step of the software development phase and shifts from the traditional DevOps pipeline. If you’ve observed, cyber-attack is growing enormously in our digital first economy no matter on government websites or private, public-sector software’s. Hence cyber security needs to be the number one priority from the very first moment of software development cycle. With DevSecOps we’ll be able to address the burning issue.

Let’s identify the difference between DevOps and DevSecOps

  • In DevOps approach there is a tight collaboration between the IT operations and teams of developers using agile approaches. Here the end goal of the DevOps team is to deliver the software to the users as soon as possible. The DevOps approach suggests the use of automated feedback process that can generate continuous insights and improvement cycles. DevOps is popularly understood as the culture, methods or tools for agile development. 
  • DevSecOps is the next steps to DevOps.With DevSecOps the traditional role of code development by the security department can be altered tremendously. So, under the traditional method the QA teams joined the process after the conclusion of the development cycles. However, with the DevSecOps method the QA teams are required from the very beginning of the development cycle and at all the stages.

Hence with DevSecOps the security is never a concern with the software that is developed. In fact, security is an integral aspect of the software development cycle beginning with planning of the software to its successful conclusion. This can let enterprises identify the security concerns at an early stage saving time and costs.

6. Web 3.0 is here to democratize internet

The web 3.0 a combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence, NFT, cryptocurrencies, metaverse is here to create an inclusive environment for operating on the internet with security of the user data being highly protected.

Web 3.0 is the newest concept of the web and its usage. It is here to give the users more freedom than Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. The core principals upon which Web 3.0 thrive is; it being decentralized, open sourced, anywhere accessible with no third-party controls. Web 3.0 will not have centralized web servers for any kind of backend processing, nor will it have centralized database. Web 3.0 uses blockchain technologies with decentralized applications and servers.

With Web 3.0 we can be ensured of trustworthy decentralized digital infrastructure where users can be actively involved, complex search queries will provide better results and users data will be protected again unauthorized access. Software development upon the principals of Web 3.0 will be more confident about security and scalability.

7. Augmented Reality is bringing transformation for digital commerce

The role of AR or Augmented reality is rapidly evolving in e-commerce.

The demand for digital shopping has grown ever since the pandemic. As per a survey conducted by PwC, the number of consumers who preferred in store shopping prior to the pandemic was 47% as against the number of shoppers shopping online post pandemic is 45%.

With an increase in demand for digital commerce there is also an increase in the demand for the technologies and tools that can support the shopping experience making it more seamless and organized. Augmented Reality is one of the tools that can provide delightful shopping experience.

With AR the ecommerce portals and mobile applications can support the consumers with more detailed information on the products, its features, alternate options etc. transforming the experience from digital to real world feels. For example, the consumers can see how a piece of furniture will fit into the homes or how a particular clothing will look on them.

Software development with AR technology is not just useful but also quite delightful for the end users.

8. Python programming language on the front seat now

For couple of years JavaScript dominated most of the programming language used by the developers all over the world. Ever since 2020 Python has been in demand and by 2021 it is become the number one programming language used by software developers all over the world.

The reason for Python topping the list is that it has become a more favourite language amongst dedicated software development team using AI ML based features and solutions in the software development architecture. This language is most likely to stay on top in the coming few years

Final Thoughts

Software Development is a process that is forever evolving. While there are some technologies which are gaining traction and evolving as per the needs of the time, some others are getting obsolete. Businesses need to remain relevant and innovative, in the competitive world that we are living in today. For this end they need to keep updated and adopt within their everyday operations the novel technology and latest trends. 2023 is a year marked with abundance of Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Low Code No Code Technologies to software development, finding precedence among others like Internet of Things, Blockchain, Augmented Reality etc. Let’s lead the parade of software development from the front!

Thank you to our guest author Vikas Agarwal is the Founder of GrowExx, a Software Development Company in India specializing in Product Engineering, Data Engineering, Business Intelligence, Web and Mobile Applications. His expertise lies in Technology Innovation, Product Management, Building & nurturing strong and self-managed high-performing Agile teams.

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