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Software Development Trends 2020

In 2020, the global spendings in the IT sector will keep gaining momentum and are expected to reach $4,018 billion by the end of the year. The whole IT industry gets more and more attention and influence since all the businesses and organizations search for automatization, optimization, and other tech-based improvements. However, some of its branches will attract more time, money, and effort investments than others. We are going to discuss them in this blog post.

Top 7 IT Industry Trends

We have picked up to 7 top software development trends in 2020 that are most interesting and significant in our opinion.

#1 Artificial intelligence (AI) adoption growth

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will keep making a stir and attracting huge investments. The reason is that AI allows delegating a wide range of tasks that are usually performed by people — to computers which can resolve those tasks faster, more effectively, and eliminating mistakes. It is hard to name the industry that cannot benefit from the implementation of AI solutions. Here are just some of the examples:

  • Healthcare: assisting doctors in making diagnoses and prescribing treatment
  • Logistics: vehicle management, drivers’ behavior analysis
  • Education: automatized and fair grading
  • E-commerce: better customer service empowered by chatbots
  • Smart home: analyzing energy consumption
  • Logistics: autonomous vehicles and route optimization
  • Other: accelerating and smoothing processes, more accurate predictions

#2 More IoT-based solutions

The networks of connected things and devices will also continue to grow. The IoT-based solutions work in two main directions: bringing more comfort to everyday life (smart home solutions) and improving business processes in different industries. The smart home solutions will be in high demand in the nearest future since more people will be able to afford them.

The opportunities IoT has for businesses are more significant: predictive equipment and facilities maintenance, real-time vehicle and cargo tracking as well as real-time patients’ health condition monitoring, enhanced property security, smart energy consumption, and many more. No wonder that in 2020 the number of companies adopting IoT will grow across various industries: healthcare, logistics, public sector, manufacturing, hospitality, etc.

#3 Blockchain-empowered security

The more processes depend on technologies, the higher the risks of any vulnerability. So, along with the number of software solutions, there grows a need for strong security. The best technology to protect systems and data is the blockchain that is why it will be widely used to develop secure and reliable software in the healthcare, government, banking, gambling, logistics, and other industries.

Except for enhancing security, the blockchain solutions provide transparency of all the operations as well as introduce smart contracts to automate processes and improve trust between partners.

#4 PWA gaining popularity

PWA (progressive web app) is a 2020 trend in the field of web development. Combining the best features of websites and native apps, PWAs provide native-like user experience, work offline, do not demand much space on the device, require only one source code and development team saving a lot of time and money, etc. Being a perfect option for an app with simple functionality, PWA also can be used for testing the more complicated app ideas as an MVP (minimum viable product).

#5 Mixed realities in various industries

Last year a lot was said to show that the potential of augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) goes far beyond entertainment and games. These technologies can be effectively used in various fields — from retail to education — as well as empower the healthcare and emergency services with engaging and close-to-real-life training and invaluable assistance.

In 2020 the AR and VR technologies will continue to take root in multiple industries still remaining expensive, thus, available only for a narrow circle of organizations. The mixed reality (the combination of VR and AR) is expected to get more attention and, as a result, more software solutions. At the same time, the entertainment industry is not going to step aside and will be developing robust and sophisticated AR/VR-based solutions.

#6 Python is a new black

Entering the IT industry as a software engineer got simpler due to Python as it is one of the easiest languages to learn and can be applied in a wide range of trendy fields: AI, machine and deep learning, data analytics, web and enterprise software development, etc. Being on high demand and easy to learn, Python gets more and more popular and will keep this dynamic in 2020. However, Java will remain the dominant language while Javascript — the most used for web development.

#7 Outsourcing gains momentum

Delegating software development to professionals from IT companies is on the rise and will become even more popular in 2020. This is due to the businesses’ need for fast and cost-effective adoption of innovations. Except for meeting those needs, outsourcing also allows getting access to the most qualified specialists and staying focused on your business’s key competencies. Since the management tools are being improved all the time, it always gets easier to set an effective workflow and productive relations between the in-house and outsourced teams.

The Bottom Line

2020 is going to be interesting and fruitful for the IT industry. Being a custom software development company, SCAND is going to pick up the main industry trends and to come up with outstanding solutions. If you want to upgrade your company with the power of technologies, contact us.

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