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Software development is a dynamic domain. You have to keep your eye on new and emerging trends in this domain to expect the unexpected. The shift from the use of conventional desks to the world of smart phones is quickly gaining popularity. Users are becoming more demanding. If your area of specialization is software development, it is quite essential for you to be in sync with the latest trends.
Here are the top 5 trends to watch out for in 2017:
- Agile Will Remain One of the Favorite Methodologies
Even though this methodology has been around for a decade now, it is gaining lots of popularity in the recent years. Almost 80% of software companies are dependent on this methodology for the success of their projects.
The reason behind its popularity is the fact that it is less time consuming, which results in quick software development. It also allows programmers to improve software as per their requirement.
- Huge Impact of Internet of Things (IoT)
The IoT has taken app development to a higher level. Technavio has foreseen that IoT will see a growth of 31.72% (CAGR) between 2015 and 2019. IoT enables the exchange of data by linking smart devices to the internet, which was impossible earlier. With more connectivity and access to network, programmers are expected to come up with upgraded solutions. These solutions may help users control and communicate with their gadgets and equipment of daily use.
- Cloud Computing is Gaining Popularity
Organizations with appropriate data centers and complex applications are moving towards cloud-based solutions to run their core business applications. The global cloud market is currently growing at a 22% annually and is expected to touch $ 146 billion by the end of 2017. Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google, and IBM are the major contributors to the high demand for this platform.
- Big Data Analysis
Once considered as hype, big data is now busy transforming the market. IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide has revealed that the big data and business analytics market will grow by 13.1 percent to $ 130 billion by 2020.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that full development of AI "could spell the end of the human race". In spite of this, we will see a surge in many more targeted AI systems like:
- Robotics – personal, industrial, and retail
- Autonomous vehicles (cars, drones etc.)
- Bots -CRM, consumer, and personal assistants
- Industry-specific AI for finance, health, security.