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Top Software Development Trends for the Second Half of 2021
By programmers.io at 2 Sep 2021 - 13:00

The first half of 2021 is almost over, and we have seen a resurgence of sorts in economic activity globally. As markets regain full pace and consumers start buying commodities they had earlier ignored, it is time businesses started talking about trends and growth.

As we enter the second half of 2021, there are numerous discussions on the topic of software development trends in 2021. Software development is a constantly evolving vertical and is expected to evolve by leaps and bounds within the coming months as well. Technological and societal needs are driving the forces of change here and resulting in more trends and growth opportunities.

The tech need for security in contracts has resulted in the emergence of blockchain as a software solution that adds security to contracts. Similarly, tech and societal requirements are also driving innovations in AI and other verticals.

Many organizations today are embracing digital change with DevOps and Agile approach, and 2021 is expected to be a year of rapid growth and success for them. In this article, we look at some of the trends you should pay attention to in the second half of 2021.

Outsourcing & Staff Augmentation

The global outsourcing market is stronger and bigger than it has ever been. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a propeller of sorts in this regard as it initiated an upward trend in the number of organizations that outsource their work or hire an external team to add to their n-house team. Outsourcing comes with a number of benefits, including diversification in global working hours and reduced labor wages in other countries.

Organizations are also focusing on offshoring too. Outsourcing and offshoring both allow you to be capable of tackling the cut throat competition in the market as it includes expert employees in your projects without the need to commit to hiring them full-time. This makes your hired resources more agile. Outsourcing/offshoring/staff augmentation in the IT industry is expected to grow even further during the rest of this year.

Data Science

Big Data is all around us and many organizations have already taken steps to accept and embrace it in one form or the other. Businesses today produce an astronomical amount of data on every given day. The data generated by organizations today includes business data, sales data, big data server info, customer profile information and numerous other financial numbers.

Most of these numbers come in an unstructured form, and data science is required to lend them some shape and form to generate insights.

Artificial Intelligence

In the broad sense of the word, AI is basically the set of functions performed by software designed to operate intelligently, like a human. Businesses that have incorporated AI technology in their data science and analytical insights are benefitting at the top level. More and more companies are moving towards AI, and it is supposed to be a trending item during the rest of this year.

Shift In Programming Languages

A number of full-stack developers overseeing both front-end and back-end development of an application use Javascript for their design processes. The programming language is popular for the adaptability and flexibility it offers. The right programming language can significantly remove barriers and help in growth.

Surveys conducted over the paradigm shift in programming languages have found out that Python is the programming language of the future. The language is everywhere today and is seen across verticals, including data analysis, data processing, black hole photography and machine learning.

Blockchain For Secure Contracts

Blockchain technology has in the recent past been linked with cryptocurrency and its widespread adoption. However, the blockchain has implementation far beyond just cryptocurrencies and is used in a number of verticals.

The software development industry can use the blockchain to secure contracts through the smart contract solution on offer. Many organizations are moving towards the blockchain and will continue to do so during the rest of the year.

Low Code Development

Low code development is in the trend in software development today. It is a platform that allows the software developers to build software through a graphical user interface instead of long manually written codes. and assembles applications through different parts. The programming world is full of standard rules and procedures, which are being disrupted through the emergence of new technologies and modes of development.

Low-code development is valuable for developing new software solutions and helps companies on their way to digital transformation.

Increased Use Of Intelligent Applications

Intelligent applications are software platforms that use AI technologies like deep learning, natural batch processing, data analysis and robotics. As we discussed AI adoption above, intelligent applications use AI to perform human-like functions.

The world of software development will greatly benefit through intelligent applications as voice assistants and smart apps become more common and prominent. Companies across the world continue to invest in these applications to increase the pace of progress.

Native App Development

Native app development is a key phrase used to refer to applications and platforms that can specifically run on specific devices such as a smartphone. Native apps are meant for specific operating systems and will revolutionize the user experience. Businesses will increase spending on native app development in 2021 and enhance the pace of adoption as well.

Progressive Web Application

Progressive web applications are unique and different from regular mobile apps. These apps can make transition between a mobile and a web app experience at the same time. Progressive web apps are generally easier to maintain and develop. Many organizations have shifted their focus towards progressive apps and 2021 is expected to be the year when organizations turn towards PWA instead of mobile apps.

Conclusion

Besides, just technologies there are many other software development aspects that have changed this year and will be upgrading in the years to come. Software integration has also caught the pace and extensively used in many development projects. There are various software integration tools that are globally being utilized to meet the exact goals of the software. New software development trends come out every year and signal growth within the industry. Follow the trends we have set above to keep up with the pace and master change.

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