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As 2022 is now upon us, technical personnel and enterprises must take note of new trends in the software productivity space and adapt accordingly to meet growing market expectations. The future is uncertain, and if we’ve learned anything from the past few months, it’s the value of being prepared for the unexpected. There are key trends, particularly in the areas of remote working, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and outsourcing, which need to be taken into account.
The freedom and ability to operate from anywhere will be permanent in the future of software development. A Computer Weekly article suggests that the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of remote work among developers, with office work reduced by 74% since the pandemic hit. Studies also suggest that the growth of hybrid working – some work done remotely and some in the office – will be imminent. Companies are expected to adapt remote work systems by 46% compared to before the global health crisis.
Artificial intelligence and related innovations
The power of artificial intelligence (AI) will also be harnessed. 2022 will be an important year in the use of AI, especially in the field of software development. Integrating AI into existing technologies will provide a meaningful platform for better decision-making, better results, efficiency, automation, and an enhanced digital experience.
The adoption of AI will be accompanied by cloud computing and Kubernetes. Kubernetes will allow developers and companies in the software development industry to run their applications on a multi-cloud system. In general, cloud technologies will allow developers to scale systems and integrate chatbots and cognitive services.
Cross-platform development will be on the rise by 2022 and beyond. Due to the challenges associated with developing “only for iOS”, “only for Android”, or “only for Windows”, software development companies are increasingly exploring cross-platform development. Using innovative technologies, cross-platform development will be able to support different platforms with a single code base, reducing the need for additional engineering resources. In other words, cross-development capabilities have enormous economic importance, saving developers a lot of time and resources.
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The future of software development will see a significant increase in the changing demands of cybersecurity. The progression towards an era of intense digital interconnection means that commercial enterprises can no longer ignore cybersecurity threats. According to recent research, criminal activities in the virtual space cost businesses up to $6 trillion a year. Therefore, software developers and client software vendors are forced to deviate from traditional cyber protection measures such as firewalls and anti-virus software to rethink new methods of protection. Software development experts suggest the implementation of a cybersecurity mesh during software development.
Repetitive software development tasks will be automated. Thanks to AI, cloud computing, robotics, and several other emerging technologies, automation will be an inevitable trend in the software development space. For example, a significant number of software development companies are integrating (and many more are considering) robotic process automation (RPA) techniques in an effort to achieve greater efficiency. RPA innovation aims to address redundant and rotating tasks suitable for machines rather than human labor. The biggest benefit of integrating RPA into software development is that it gives individual developers more time to focus more on the creative side of software development.
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Rapid innovation and prototyping
Another critical trend that will be seen in 2022 is rapid innovation and prototyping. Software development is unpredictable, volatile and highly competitive. Individuals and companies in this industry must constantly innovate or be phased out of the industry. So, as 2022 approaches, software development companies will be forced to develop a culture of innovation by rewarding innovative employees accordingly and creating avenues for software development. Many companies are likely to follow this trend – those that don’t or that limit innovation risk losing their competitive advantage.
Emerging trends indicate that the future of software development will undergo significant changes. The wide array of new technologies and innovations has huge implications for the software development space. Software development companies cannot afford to pay attention to emerging trends. Companies that choose to invest time, money and other resources to adapt to changing market expectations are the ones that will gain and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.
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