How Development Trends in 2018 Can Reward Your Business in 2019
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Development trends are changing continually towards more progressive and eye-catching software technologies. These technologies can not only attract the attention of potential users but also improve business processes within organizations, making them more streamlined and cost-efficient. Furthermore, businesses are now operating with large amounts of data and paying close attention to user data protection. The development of cloud platforms and well-protected payment systems is in great demand right now. The interest in artificial intelligence has also increased. Smart personal assistants, such as Siri, Cortana, and Google Now have become an integral part of our lives.
At Qarea, we also integrate all the possibilities of innovative software development. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the most significant IT trends in 2018. They run software development right now and will be dominant in 2019. Let’s look at them closer.
Motion UI & React Capabilities
Web development with smooth and first-class animation is at the top of our development trends in 2018. This makes web sites dynamic and attractive to users, strengthening their competitiveness in the market. Furthermore, the better a site’s usability is, the more engaging it is. And, the more engaging it is, the more likely it is that a user will stay on the site. This, in turn, increases the likelihood that the user will take the action he is expected to take (buy a product, fill out a form, subscribe to updates, and so on).
The trend for progressive and smooth animation is actively used for digital advertising and promotional web campaigns. This means that its popularity in 2019 will only grow.
Microservices & Rising Need For Good DevOps
Another big trend in 2018 refers to the development of software using microservices architecture. In a few words, microservices are used to build independently deployable software systems, unlike the monolith approach. This method quickly became popular among companies that are interested in promoting supreme enterprise software and opt for DevOps philosophy.
The key advantage of this method is that it allows developers to work on a crucial part of a project without running the risk that it will crash the whole operation of an application. This way, companies can scale and improve their software step by step without the need to cut out the product from the release stage.
Furthermore, the development of microservices ideally corresponds to the Agile philosophy which helps businesses take maximum benefits from its usage. Since different teams can work on different parts of microservices architecture, the development of such software is much faster. Continuous delivery and deployment is an integral part of the microservices development process.
Thus, the popularity of microservices will rapidly grow in 2019. But since this method needs the coordinated work of all the project components, the growth on good DevOps will also likely to continue rising. An experienced DevOps engineer will become a central member of the team when it comes to microservices. Among the DevOps engineer's main responsibilities will be the improvement of development processes in accordance to security protocols and the implementing of infrastructure automation tools with the most immediate potential to be applied.
Artificial Intelligence & Chatbots Development
Artificial intelligence is one of the key trends of the passing year, which has become a necessary part of the digital transformation of both large corporations and small businesses. According to Gartner, global AI business value has reached $1.2 trillion in 2018 and is expected to reach $ 3.9 trillion by 2022.
Many companies use AI to increase their popularity in the market and stand out among competitors. They apply AI capabilities to improve their products user experience and make software more attractive. Practical use of AI can be observed in such fields as eCommerce, advertising, healthcare, IoT, etc. Many online stores and delivery services have started using chatbots to speed up the ordering processing and make it easier. For users, this brought visible benefits since chatbots are available 24/7 and respond quickly unlike real people.
For the moment, Facebook and Google are the leaders in the popularization of AI. They develop and use special algorithms based on AI. These algorithms have the capability to learn from past experience or historical data. Therefore, with this help, it became possible to analyze users' data and preferences and then generate the relevant advertising and useful content recommendations.
Blockchain Technology & Data Security
Undoubtedly, blockchain has become one of the hottest and most discussed trends in early 2018. It remains widely applied in the field of cryptocurrency, which made it so successful and attractive to businesses.
In a few words, blockchain is a network of interconnected computers that allows users to save large amounts of data. At the same time, this data can not be changed or exposed to external attacks. All data is stocked on thousands of computers around the globe and not in one place. Due to the high level of safety, blockchain is used not only for the cryptocurrency but also for other financial transactions, where every transaction is verified by a complex algorithm.
Blockchain reduces the need for expensive intermediaries but makes it possible to run large-scale transactions. Due to this, the development rates are much lower while the development time for this kind of software is decreasing. Thus, many companies have already adopted this technology or planning to adopt it in the near future.
The Adaptability of IoT
IoT technologies are becoming more and more popular every day. Smart devices are present in almost every area of our lives. We already know the capabilities of wearables, smart homes, and other smart domestic appliances. This technology allows people to use their resources more efficiently, saves time, and even helps people to take better care of their health.
Many organizations are starting to implement smart technologies to optimize their internal business processes. Also, there is a rapid growth of IoT in use for the automatization of complex processes in various types of enterprises such as machine building, farming, and so on. Therefore, the demand for IoT development will only rise in 2019.
With the development of IoT technologies, the need for cloud platforms and data storage systems has also increased. This also played into the hands of entrepreneurs as it opened up the opportunity to use the benefits of IoT at reasonable costs.
As we can see, the prominent trend of 2018 was the development of more optimized and user-friendly software. Furthermore, this software tendency will be observed in 2019 as well. This means that many companies will frequently use the abilities of artificial intelligence, IoT, and a more attractive UX for development of the best software.
Though these technologies are advanced, they are affordable for businesses of different kinds and sizes. Many software development companies like QArea provide services for the development of these types of solutions at affordable rates and with the full coverage of needed resources.
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