2017 is still a couple of months away, but we’re already seeing some very interesting trends brewing from the tech world. Aside from new gadgets and various new approaches from the digital marketing landscape, we are also seeing some interesting shifts from the software development industry. What are these new trends to anticipate in 2017? That is what we are going to find out in this post.
More Focus on User Experience
For years, creating a good software has been about providing the best functionalities while keeping the user interface as simple as it can be. Over the past couple of years, however, user experience or UX, has been a big buzzword in the software development industry. In fact, it has been more than just a buzzword.
User experience mattered and it will continue to matter even more in 2017. Whether you’re developing an app for smartphones or creating a complete business suite for enterprises, ensuring a high level of user experience should be one of your primary focuses.
There are plenty of solutions on the market, each trying to push a better user experience as an advantage. Customers – in this case users – will simply switch to a solution that offers the best user experience whenever they can, making the entire market more competitive than ever.
Compartmentalization and Microservices
Object-oriented programming and modular software development are not new concepts in the industry, but they will be a big part of the landscape in 2017. A system that fails when one of its modules fails is no longer popular or considered reliable. 2017 will be the year of further compartmentalization, where each module is required to work seamlessly with the others while containing bugs and errors that can potentially affect the system as a whole.
This is where technologies such as Docker containers and microservices come in handy. Technologies such as microservices from Datawire allows different elements of a solution to remain compartmentalized and monitored in real-time. You can easily integrate microservices into existing development frameworks.
Compartmentalization does bring one immense benefit: a more reliable system as a whole. Problems can be contained and each compartment or container can be modified, updated or even changed without having to take the entire system down.
(Almost) Big Data
Another popular buzzword from recent years is big data. Big data allows systems to generate insights and analysis by capturing and processing a large volume of information. There are plenty of benefits to be gained from big data analysis, but it may not be the most efficient way of getting insight.
As we get closer to 2017, we’re seeing new ways of processing a much more limited volume of information without reducing its effectiveness. It is a concept currently known as almost big data, for lack of a better name. Large enterprises may have the resources and needs to process big data, but smaller businesses will find almost big data to be much more suitable.
There is no doubt that 2017 will be an interesting year. The entire software development landscape is changing and we’ll be seeing these new trends – and a lot more – shaping the landscape.