The Biggest Software Development Trends in 2017

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Constant research and development open new trends in technology that create a huge impact in all fields of the industry. Software development provides business solutions for companies that want to maximize productivity and lower their operation costs. It gives us the opportunity to experience living a modern lifestyle and, at the same time, enables us to discover new trends that would improve our future innovations.

Being a programmer is a profession which stands behind the tech trends. Programmers are responsible for creating innovation. Furthermore, they develop business solutions that can deliver high customization and user-friendly interfaces. The software is being used by businesses to gain profit, generate jobs and support an economic growth too.

Marc Andreessen once said that “software is eating the world” – this is e.g. what TESLA is doing in their quest for a universal autonomous electronic vehicle. They manufacture smart cars that are not reliant on fossil fuels which are on the verge of depletion. Most of the businesses today are determined to provide an alternative ECO-friendly solution for consumers too. The upcoming trends in software development would somehow center in this concept.

We’ve compiled a list of trends that may be the next big thing in the software development industry.

Software development trends in 2017

AGILE will remain the flavor of the year

For more than 10 years, AGILE remains one of the primary software development tools used by most software companies. 80% of them rely on AGILE to provide business solutions. Agile is another way of managing IT development teams and projects. It’s getting popular day-by-day with its proven simplicity, efficiency, and results.

Software engineers used AGILE to collaborate on projects, debug issues, continue testing, and the integration of new features. In addition AGILE is composed of various software development methodologies that are incorporated as one based on the AGILE Manifesto. Working with a team that is separated by time zones is also possible with AGILE.

The pillars of AGILE development are summed up with this manifesto:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

Engineers using this methodology believed that the success of software development relies on balancing. “That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.”

These are the common characteristics of AGILE development that made it more significant compared to traditional software development:

  1. The application of the 80/20 rule.
  2. Empowerment of team members to make decisions.
  3. Frequent delivery of solutions.
  4. Small incremental releases get the job done.
  5. Finish first what you started working on, before moving to the next.
  6. Timescale is always fixed but that doesn’t limit the evolution of a project.
  7. Live users’ feedback is crucial.
  8. Capture requirements at the highest level including visuals.
  9. Continuous testing is needed for the integration of hot fixes throughout the project’s life-cycle.
  10. Participation between stakeholders is important.

AGILE can be more enjoyable compared to the waterfall approach because of the rich collaborative environment. It needs more documentation and limits the projects’ flexibility.

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Automation

This coming year, the evolution of automation is one of the biggest challenges in software development. The changes will be centered on heuristic design rather than sticking up with scripting. Only a few software development companies have the resources for developing heuristic automation. Shifting to this new trend will be beneficial to both companies and consumers. Here are some specifics of this trend:

Recognition rather than recall

The system can minimize the memory load by making the elements of the user’s memory visible. Users can easily access information if the instructions are retrievable and visible.

Stopping Errors

A good error message will help users to decide what to do in an unfamiliar situation. The error prevention feature can be augmented with a confirmation option, which can be checked by the user before a process is executed.

Flexibility and efficiency of use

Accelerators provide novice users a computing speed that automatically regulates depending on their demand. Experienced users can enjoy power boosts with configurable settings to speed up the processing power and maximize efficiency.

Freedom and user control

Users may wander in system functions due to curiosity or out of confusion. A system should have “emergency exit” or “dialog boxes”, so the user can get out of a situation without the need to phone for a technical help.

Matching the system with the real world

An effective system doesn’t use technical terms that may frustrate the user. A user will understand the system if it speaks with words or phrases that are common to him. It is also crucial for the system to display information in a logical and natural order.

Visibility of system status

This is where the information of the system is displayed to the user, letting him know what is going on through live feedback within a short period of time.

Consistent standards

A system with consistency will enable users to use it even though they are not familiar with the displayed information, knowing that if they press a button, it will process the same thing (e.g. the “x” button for Exit).

Internet of Things (IoT) development will boom

Internet of Things

Some of the current business solutions will be phased out in a year or two because of the rapid growth of IoT development. It will be a mega trend and the next industrial revolution. We can expect to witness the evolution of machine-to-machine interaction. Before the year ends, IoT business solutions will reach a whopping $6 trillion dollars. 2017-2018 would be a season for skilled programmers because the demand for them will triple. Learning the latest dev tools will empower you to join the people in this revolution. 2017 is the year of opportunity and businesses will grow rapidly.

We can also expect the improvements in IoT enterprise security. This will help provide a safety net for the interconnection of big data.

Security

We cannot deny that fact that there are billions of devices that are connected to the internet. Providing security for these devices is one of the major challenges in IoT software development. End users must be protected.

Endless after-sales

Developers are focusing on creating a new ecosystem where they could reach millions of devices at the same time and offer a variety of services to enhance businesses.

Convertible to services

AppCarousel believed that for every piece of hardware i.e gizmos, cars, wearables, and so on, we could think of ways on how we can seize that opportunity to make money by offering them as services.

Open API Spree

Companies will look for developers that can work with their APIs.

Marketplace

IoT companies will need to have their own marketplace where they can showcase their apps so they can reach as many devices as possible. The company can roll production after the distribution.

Everything revolves around DATA

IoT already proved itself by producing tremendous volumes of data; IoT companies are now figuring ways on how they can monetize it. Plus they use the data to open a new market for profit.

The big picture – IoT and the future

IoT devices are expected to triple by 2020. Data insights show that they could reach a total of 34 billion devices. 24 billion will be from IoTs devices, while the remaining 10 billion will be accounted from traditional computers, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches and so on.

For the next 5 years, $7 trillion is expected to be used for IoT development. The main stakeholders:

  • Businesses are the primary benefactor of IoT solutions because they will need it to increase production, lower operational cost and also to expand their market by developing fresh products.
  • Government agencies are the 2nd benefactor of IoT revolution. Consumers will be the least to worry about.

The complexity of IoT infrastructure is refined in a new single ecosystem. Most IoT investments will be centered on the analytic system which is divided into two elements, cloud analytics and edge analytics.

Looming security challenges are ahead. Devs are going to provide solutions for big issues that could soon rise.

Big Data

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Big Data

This is a trend in IT that deals with the huge volume of data that are usually structured or unstructured. Data overwhelms businesses daily so the amount of data an organization has is not that important, it is what businesses do with it. Big data is analyzed to provide insights which give businesses a chance for strategic planning and better decision making.

Data analysis have shown its worth in all sectors of the industry. It was rapidly integrated into different sectors such as health, politics, police, public service, and many others. As technology evolves, businesses will need big data for maintaining good insights.

In the security sector, data analysis is e.g. used by police to counter imminent threat coming from lawless elements. With the help of data, the crime rate in the cities was already reduced. In the health sector, data analysis was used to predict outbreaks and possible hazardous situations.

Today, huge amounts of data are collected for profit. Tech companies will continue to develop data mining procedures so they can speed up the collection of data. Data collecting and mining will be one of the top business assets to acquire. We’re talking about billions of dollars here, a figure which will increase throughout the years.

According to VaanderSande, programmers that are skilled with Hbase, Hadoop, NoSQL, Cassandra, Storm/Spark and other related languages will be highly explored by software development companies. In addition, keeping this skill-set in your deck will give you an advantage in 2017 if you choose to go with data professionals.

Most companies process large data sets using Python, Java and Scala. It would be relevant if you’ll also know these languages.

Mobile

Rise of Smartphones

The rise of smartphones made Google to launch an algorithm prioritizing websites that provide users with great mobile experience. Some businesses lost web traffic because their website doesn’t support mobiles, others got unlucky because of poor mobile experience. This left other businesses the challenge to optimize their website making it compatible with the required mobile environment. Google Analytics shows that many people prefer to use their mobile phones to surf the internet instead of using a desktop.

This new twist from Google made technopreneurs restructure their websites and implement the changes making it worthy of Google’s optimization.

With this changes buzzing around, the need for developers on Android and iOS platform increased. Companies are now focusing their market strategy not just on consumerism, but shifted their full attention within the boundaries of the mobile ecosystem.

Businesses are also changing their strategies on consumer targeting. In addition, they are also pouring their resources to have a mobile exposure through ads. The constant presence in a pool of consumers will give them market opportunities. Therefore companies will hire more mobile developers, but the opportunities for independent developers will continue.

User Interface Engineers

Front-end and back-end are equally important when it comes to software development. Companies will need to hire devs that specialize in creating intuitive consumer friendly web and mobile applications. In addition, coding teams should always contain an user interface engineer working alongside with UI designers to create a seamless experience for end users.

If you want to be one of the UI engineers, you should consider learning programming languages such as Javascript, the MVC framework, backbone.js, Angular.js, Ember.js and others that are related to this kind of job.

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