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.
Trend 1: Mobile
It’s not a secret anymore that Google made a shift to a mobile-driven search index and mobile-friendly websites get higher rankings. 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.
However, having a responsive website will not be enough and companies will continue to transfer their business activities to native mobile apps. More companies will focus on building native mobile apps that represent the basic functionality and the essence of business.
Trend 2: Single-Page Applications (SPAs)
Trend 3: 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. Gartner predicts that by 2018, 30% of service-centric companies will move the majority of their ERP applications to the cloud.
Source: RightScale 2017 State of Cloud Report
From year to year, people tend to trust cloud more and very soon cloud experience will become a significant advantage or even necessity in any business sphere.
Trend 4: The Internet of Things (IoT)
Nowadays, countless electronic devices are connected to the Internet, servers, clouds, and each other—a development called IoT. IoT connects things that don’t usually appear online and enables fridge, car engine or parts at your house transmit data to other devices. 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.
Trend 5: 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.
Trend 6: Wearables
Today wearables go far beyond smart watches and fitness trackers: Snapchat’s camera-equipped Spectacles, gimmicks for fitness geeks like Sensoria’s sensor-packed shoes or UnderArmor Athlete Recovery Sleepwear are illustrative proofs. Tech giants like Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi will continue nurturing the market with their brand-new products. 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 data.
Trend 7: 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.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.