What’s the difference between a fad and a trend? A fad is ephemeral and burns out shortly after it ignites. For example, every holiday season we witness how some new and novel toy takes the market by storm–remember the Tamagotchi? But soon enough, few people care about these toys anymore, and in no time, you’ll likely find them cluttering the corners of a playroom or crammed in boxes at a garage sale. Trends, on the other hand, reflect movements with staying power. Trends last longer and affect multiple industries and markets.
With the exception of apps intended to piggyback on the success of a movie blockbuster or some other similar short-term score, most software developers care little about fads. Trends, on the other hand, are extremely important to software professionals.
Without further ado, here are 7 evolving trends in software development.
Mobile : Recently, Google released a mobile-friendly update that prioritized websites which were designed to play well on mobile devices like smartphones. In turn, companies all over the world over-prioritised the mobile experience, thus making iOS and Android developers very busy people.
Looking forward, mobile will be big on the minds of all developers especially because mobile Google searches have surpassed desktop searches in several countries including the United States and Japan.
Cloud computing : All types of electronic gadgets pipe into a cloud. Cloud storage makes life easier and allows you to access the same information using various electronic devices. Electronics manufacturers everywhere are investing heavily in software created with the cloud in mind. Cloud computing and cloud security professionals are in high demand.
The Internet of Things (IoT) : Nowadays, countless electronic devices are connected to the Internet, servers, clouds, and each other—a development called IoT. With the rise of IoT, software developers need to remain vigilant and figure out how to best program these devices to help users control them.
Sensors vs. Scanners : No matter which technology you prefer–sensors which automatically collect data or scanners that require user action—somebody needs to program these things.
Wearables : Whether it be the Apple, Pebble, Moto 360, LG G, or any other smartwatch, software developers will need to create applications and services for these nifty wearables. In particular, many of these wearables rely on complex algorithms to process health data.
Security : With increased connectivity comes heightened concerns about security. Now more than ever, security software needed to protect new technologies is paramount. After all, what good is all this technology if it isn’t protected?
If software development is part of your business model, the benefit of designing with trends in mind will imbue your products and services with quality and longevity. After all, you can ignore fads, but trends are heralding the future.