To say the year 2020 has been challenging would be an understatement. Due to the pandemic, many industries have experienced a marked downturn in productivity and output. Some businesses, however, are enabling many to get through this tough period. The Software development industry is one such example.

The pandemic has facilitated the need for seamless interaction and created an increased demand for accessibility for businesses to remain productive during large parts of the year where the majority of the world was under lockdown. There has been an emergence of the use of software applications that feature video calling or conferencing. There has been increased reliance on payment portals and shopping based applications. These applications are enabling workspace-collaboration, access to cloud services are ensuring that there is remote access to infrastructure, software, data and information. Chatbots are helping in various healthcare awareness campaigns. In one form or another, software applications are helping businesses to continue providing their services during these difficult times.

The year 2020 is expected to experience high demand for software applications that are performance-oriented, innovative and scalable. Accordingly, it has become vital for businesses and their development teams to adhere to the best development practices.

Below are the top 5 software development trends:

1. Modern Software Architectures will Gain Grounds
Software architecture formulates the basis of a solution. It deals with how the components in a software system should be organized or put together, how they interact with each other and what the constraints are that govern the whole system.

Over the past few years, there have been significant advances in the field of software architecture. Now, due to the COVID pandemic, it is important to embrace and implement an architecture that promises scalability, error and fault isolation, code management and is able to be continually developed and deployed.

According to the demands of the business and project requirements, any of the modern software architectures can be used to build a strong base for development.

Some of the modern software architectures that are gaining popularity are:

1 – Microservices: for modularity

2 – Micro frontends: for the codebase maintenance

3 – Serverless: for flexible scalability

4 – Component-based: for faster time-to-market

2. Cloud Adoption will Remain Mainstream
Some of the major issues experienced by business these days are issues with accessibility, business continuity, high availability and disaster recovery, to name a few. One of the best solutions to these business requirements is cloud adoption.
Cloud adoption helps a business by:

    • Reducing costs for CapEx/OpEx
    • Aides in capacity planning
    • Enable following compliances
    • Provides high availability/disaster recovery tools/services
    • Optimize resource utilization and cost with Pay-as-you-go models

To get the true benefits of Cloud adoption, businesses can move from on-premise infrastructure to a cloud-based one, or they can migrate from one cloud service to another. Except for this, new development projects can be created using only cloud infrastructure. Cloud-native applications, for example, frees up operations teams for managing and engaging with the infrastructure resources manually.

3. Transformational Technologies will find more applications in Software development
There have been significant advances in technology in the past couple of decades that have enabled businesses to offer out-of-the-box solutions to their customers. Many technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, IoT, RPA are being implemented by businesses to provide practical use cases in mobile solutions as well. Chatbots, for example, commonly feature the use of AI in online or mobile-centric opportunities.

IoT, blockchain and other automation based technologies are currently being used in several mobile applications to improve and enhance their functionality. As more and more businesses are realizing their true potential, these technologies are going to make a major impact on the apps that are based on them or integrate their technology in some form or the other.

4. New Development Approaches will be at Forefront

There has been a marked shift in the way software applications are developed. The approaches, methodologies, tools, programming languages used for software development has experienced a lot of change. Let’s take project development methodologies into consideration, they have evolved from using the waterfall to Agile to DevOps. These advancements in technology have resulted in improvements in making development approaches for an application’s time-to-market, performance, testing, development, team management, etc.

In the same manner, new modes for infrastructure management are currently being introduced that facilitate application development at a reduced cost, it helps in upfront capacity planning, compliance and security assurance, etc. This practice of managing delivery and consumption of software in a cloud computing environment is called CloudOps and is quickly becoming a sought after asset in the software development industry.

Additionally, new approaches for software development, such as implementing modularity in architecture, developing UI using reusable components are being adopted to achieve an overall improvement in an application’s development and delivery.

5. Software Outsourcing will Hold a Significant Value
There are many reasons for businesses to outsource software development, both during and after the pandemic. Businesses that develop new products will look to bring on board a technology partner to help them take their product from ideation to the implementation phase.

Software outsourcing has several benefits, chief among them being the cost optimization it offers to businesses. This is due to the fact that the cost of hiring a team or employing a few individuals with the necessary expertise is less than setting up a development team from scratch. With outsourcing, businesses can hire a team with a varied skill set suited to their needs, for any amount of time. According to the business’s requirements and scope of the project, any part of the outsourcing model such as team augmentation or product outsourcing can be chosen to increase productivity and output while reducing overall costs.