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Software Development Trends in 2021

Frank Holman

February 14, 2021

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As you might have already known, 2020 has been a year like no other. COVID 19 has in a way forced a lot of companies and organizations to review their digital strategies, and in the same time manage new technical challenges. This happened beyond the implications of the health crisis.

Because of the situation we're in, software development services are now more important for a company than they've ever been. Companies are now relying more on the expertise of software developers to help them improve their customer experiences and performances.

The year 2021 promises new innovations and trends, making it more competitive and starting a new era. In this article I will try to walk you through some of those trends which I believe will influence software development

Native Apps will dominate the market

As it is now, Native Application development is unparalleled, but going forward, people can expect this trend to dominate the software development services.

These services are meant to run only on devices that are specific, for example only on smartphones. Native apps usually provide a powerful performance and better user experience compared to hybrid apps, given the fact that they are designed only for specific devices.

It doesn't look like the native app will go down any time soon, given that the popularity of iOS and Android operating systems is growing each day.

Cloud technology is here to stay

The cloud services industry generated around 40$ billion in revenue in 2020. Now cloud service's market value is 266.5 billion, which is a 17% growth from 2019, crazy growth in one year.

In the software development industry, it is a well established fact that the big money is in cloud service. In 2021, cloud vendors such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft will continue to invest big money in cloud technology.

The reason behind this is simple. The number of companies using cloud services is quite enormous, and the number of companies that will start using the cloud services is even bigger.

It doesn't matter the size of the organization, big, medium or small, they all at some point will be moving to cloud services.

The reason behind cloud technology's success so far is that it offers flexibility, scalability and security that will prevent the threat of ever present hackers that could lead to your organization's security breach.


5G Technology will be unparalleled

In the beginning of 2020, 5G technology made a lot of waves, undeservedly when it was absurdly accused as the cause of the coronavirus outbreak -- a rumour that was disproved by the world's biggest scientists. Software developers can expect that the 5G tech to return as a trend, but now for all the right reasons. 5G technology is roughly 100 times faster than 4G networks. The tech experts predict that in 1.4 billion devices it will lead data transmissions.

Virtual reality, augmented reality and other 4k video streaming are the reasons why 5G tech was specifically designed. Software developers will find this technology useful, especially if they are interested in creating designs and features that for a business will enhance their performance.

Investment in Artificial Intelligence will increase

We cannot deny the impact of Artificial Intelligence in the software development service, it will offer so many more options. Artificial Intelligence-based analytics are already being used by the tech giants like Google, Facebook and Apple. Now AI is progressing at a very fast pace and in 2021 it will be better in decision making, delivering relevant user experience details etc.

Final thoughts

Software Development will be dominating the tech industry in 2021 and beyond. Businesses that pay attention more to trends will be moving towards this industry or incorporate this industry into their business somehow.

"Frank Holman is a Full Stack Developer with 8+ years of well-rounded experience in development, object-oriented, and user-centered design. Adept at studying system flows and data usage to develop and maintain the software according to production and quality standards. He built products for desktop and mobile app users meeting the highest web & mobile design standards, user experience, best practices, and speed,"

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