Software Development: Top 5 Trends to Watch for in 2016

Software Development | 0 comments | by Shaz Ide

‘Out with the old, In with the new,’ says many in the technology sphere, and the only way to move forward is to take advantage of the latest trends out there.My predictions may be a bit late in this time of the year, or just about time. It all started when I stumbled upon this press release from Gartner discussing the Top 10 Strategic Technology for 2016.There are plenty of things to be excited about, and probably you’ve heard a few like 3D Printing and the Internet of Things.Our devices are also becoming smarter that many are looking into M2M, where these machines will interact with each other more – minus, you and I. Sounds like Star Wars to me, if you don’t mind.

But today is something more special as I discuss a topic that’s close to my industry (and my beating heart, if poetic justice were to allow me).Time to stop beating around the bush then and present to you what will be hot in the next couple of days, weeks, or months with:

The Top Five Trends That Every Software Developer (and those who wanted to have a software built) Should Watch For in 2016

Trend #1: Real-Time is the New Mainstream

There have been software and apps built right now which involve delivering solutions in real-time and we are even seeing these in analytics. A good example are productivity, navigation, and time keeping apps that let you trace your almost everything like you’re some space cop. As businesses demand for automation to increase their efficiency in terms with their relationships with their vendors, partners, and customers – they will want to easily automate the process and have it delivered straight to them, like being there live on the field. This is a change that has been making a huge wave in all sectors (manufacturing, finance, retail, etc.) today and will continue to reshape the way we work.

Trend#2: Going Immersive From 3D to Virtual Reality

We’re not really talking about 3D printing, even if we will see a steady growth in the next 20 years in materials that are printed, like anything that can be assembled.We are speaking more of augmented experiences.We’ve seen the buzz with the launch of the Oculus Rift – to the simpler Google Cardboard that you can retrofit to any smartphone.Designing mobile apps will remain an important strategy in bringing in rich experiences that matter to the user, across all types of devices.And it doesn’t stop with the gaming world either. Imagine how this will change education in far-flung places or perhaps, the field of medicine. This area is ripe for the picking and the possibilities are limitless, the impact superb! Just imagine what you can do or if you were the first…

Trend No. 3: The Year of Big Data Solutions and Container Farms

Don’t get me wrong here. Big data has been more of a buzzword in the past few years. Next year will be the time for a more serious discussion on how vendors will be able to provide a better platform where the early-adopters can govern, manage, and monitor better. The developments will not happen that quick, probably later in 2016.There is not much competition in this niche right now and we may about to see a mile-wide and mile-deep application yet to be discovered (and did we mention that we’re working on one right now?)

Trend No. 4: Machine Gets Even Smarter

In line with the previous item, we will see more developments in advanced machine learning, deep neural netwoks, and move beyond the way we compute and analyse information to help us perceive our data better.The words: Spark, Node.js, and MongoDB are fast-becoming a common name in software development and demand is on the rise as well.The point is, as established businesses are growing older and new ones are rising, key decision makers would like to have a thorough analysis of their business and competition.A call for developing quick, technical analysis is happening right now and will continue until the end of next year.

Trend No.5: It’s All About the Cloud!

We’re not just talking about the adoption of cloud technologies by big corporation, but an exodus of brick-and-mortar companies who are shifting to it as well.Take for example, the case of NoSQL databases that are being used for critical operations.You will see more demand for ‘highly scalable’ or ‘cloud-ready’ software and with it comes the rise of mobile awareness technology in the area of gaming, social media, navigation (GPS), and more.Simply put, with the rise of mobile devices comes a spike in applications that are run on the cloud – whether pure or hybrid.

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On the low down, should we say goodbye to good ol’ Java?While it may seem that this language is on a decline, many old and current applications are still written in this language.Knowing it though may help you scale up to writing in Python or Scala. It’s not yet the ultimate death, but it’s getting there: either you learn something new – or get left behind.Your choice.

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