Predictions are commonplace at this time of year. Of course, no one ever looks back a year later to see who was right because we’re again busy making new predictions. Butt here’s a safe prediction for the software development world: Rapid change and vigorous debate about how to best accomplish it will continue.
For change to happen, businesses will look to developers to interpret their visions of the future and figure how to get there. There’s bound to be some trial and error along the way, but that’s what leads to progress. With that in mind, here are six development trends to watch in the coming year:
1. ‘Go’ Places
Google’s Go programming language gained a lot of popularity over the past year, and looks like it will really catch fire in 2017. The reason for that, according to a recent blog, is “it emphasizes simplicity, high performance, efficiency and in-built support. And most significantly, it’s easy to learn.”
2. Much to See in IoT
The Internet of Things is on the verge of becoming the thing. In 2017, it’s going to be on everybody’s mind, and developers are going to be challenged to write applications and integration code to get IoT installations under way.
3. Angular Gets Regular
The release of the Angular 2 framework in 2016 brought a number of changes. Expect more changes in the coming year, but in a methodical way. To balance stability with the need to evolve, Angular’s developers are “implementing semantic versioning and new development processes to help ensure that future changes are always introduced in a predictable way.”
4. All About the Customer
Development in general will focus more keenly on usability as organizations implement digitization plans. There’ll be a lot of work around smart mobile apps to empower users through ready access to information. Customer experience has emerged as the No. 1 priority for businesses, and will be a guiding principle for much of the programming that takes place in 2017.
5. A Place in the Clouds
Cloud computing isn’t a what-if any longer, but rather a must have for businesses. “Enterprises with big budgets, data centers, and complex applications are now looking at cloud as a viable place to run core business applications,” Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti told CloudTweaks. As such, demand for cloud applications and infrastructure will accelerate in 2017.
6. Analytical Minds
Expect a strong emphasis on development of applications that sort, organize and help analyze trends and patterns. Analytics is at the heart of the current trend to digitize and integrate all corporate processes to improve the customer experience. Developing good analytics tools is no easy task because they have to be contextual in order to identify meaningful data to make smart decisions. Developers have their work cut out for them.
Are you ready for 2017?
2017 certainly promises to be an exciting year for developers. The need for innovation and efficiency has never been stronger, and the development community will be at the center of it all. Growth Acceleration Partners (GAP) has been developing cloud and mobile apps for over a decade. We’ve seen a few predictions in our time. Contact GAP to discuss your software development plans in 2017.