Software development is one of the in-demand skills in Nigeria today. Many tech enthusiasts are prone to take up software engineering as a career. This is evident in the various platforms created for learning software development.
However, the influx of people learning software engineering has generated concerns about the industry being saturated, leading to fears about the future of software development.
The future of software development does not depend on the saturation of tech workers as much as it depends on the problems that software engineering is solving daily.
Software engineering is responsible for a large percentage of the technological inventions the world has witnessed and as such professionals keep looking for different ways to simplify the software engineering process.
Thus, innovations are springing up to make the development process easy for software developers.
Also, the software engineering space is presently experiencing tremendous growth, as the number of job opportunities is expected to increase by 22% from 2022 to 2030, which is higher than the average growth rate for other professions.
There is no better time to get involved in software engineering than now. As we approach the future, it is important for software developers, companies, and organizations to be abreast of the future trends in software engineering.
The future of software development is going to be a merger of creating desirable experiences that suit user needs and solve their pain points with a mix of providing seamless functionality while ensuring data security for users.
Thus, concepts like data security, seamless automation, design accessibility, and overall user experience will be major determinants of the future of software development.
Future Trends in Software Engineering
PWA in Software Development
PWA (Progressive Web Applications) refers to web applications that are created to have the functionality of a native application. To make it simple. Have you visited some websites and you get a pop-up that says “Do you want to add this to the homepage”? That inquiry to add the web application to your home page is a PWA feature.
PWA will play a big role in shaping the future of software development since the majority of digital applications are operated from mobile devices. Thus, to reduce the cost and effort of developing web applications and mobile applications, it is cost-effective to develop a PWA that can act as a native application as well as a web application.
Cybersecurity has become a major concern in the software engineering space. The increase in data breaches in corporate organizations and multinationals created a necessity for all organizations to be “data security conscious”.
Thus, cybersecurity is going to become a necessary skill and requirement for all industries dealing with data.
Also, the future of software development will be determined by how data can be used to create an awesome customer experience or client. Data from repetitive tasks will help software engineers know how to create seamless automations for businesses.
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Cloud computing is no longer a mere option for businesses that prioritize data safety in 2022. It is a necessity. Cloud computing has been around for some time and it has been adopted by some organizations.
It has now become a must for all organizations that deal with digital files and applications to move their services to the cloud, especially with the advent of remote work.
In a remote work setting, workers pass data files amidst themselves and are expected to work on love documents that can be tracked by other team members. Thus, organizations cannot afford to operate their data on an insecure platform. There has to be a platform to keep all records even when devices are lost.
This is why cloud services are the best for such and they will be needed as long as we have companies dealing with digital files.
Artificial intelligence has helped companies deal with repetitive tasks and simplify business for several organizations.
The introduction of chatbot assistants and gestures into digital products have greatly improved the user experience of such products.
AI has transformed the face of business. With the help of chatbot stations to offer instant answers to questions and complaints from customers. This has helped many e-commerce industries improve their sales through a good customer experience offered by their AI-powered chatbots.
Blockchain is one of the most secure technologies in fintech. The strong advantage of this technology is the model of transparency on which it works. Blockchain establishes trust between two parties and ensures security for both parties, since it is built on cryptographic keys.
We have seen the influence of blockchain technology in the financial sector, disrupting the normal order and introducing a decentralized economic system which happen to be successful. Blockchain is not limited to finances alone. It can be used to purchase items or to buy intellectual properties since it is a secure platform.
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Machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence. There are devices making use of the machine learning technology already like Google Assistant, Alexa , Siri etc.
Machine learning is a technology that works based on the information provided or recorded by previous activities.
Machine learning is created to understand a pattern of occurrence and automate it, such that the same pattern is followed automatically without human input. So, it copies human behaviours and makes an automation out of it.
This is another trend that will characterize the future of software development.
Low code/No code platforms
One of the concerns in software development is the time it takes to develop an application. The design architecture, the hard coding, the bug fixing, the testing and all, the software development process that goes into it before launching.
It takes a lot of time, and there is susceptibility to human errors since the applications are being written by humans. Thus, low code and no code are becoming popular to replace hard coding for some software development projects.
Low code means you only need to write a few lines of code to develop the application. No code means you don’t need to write any code. Low code/No code has made product development easy for organizations.
So, organizations don’t need to wait for long before launching their product. Low code/ No code will shorten the process and you will still get the same results.
Software engineering is a major career in tech. It is in fact the major skill for developing a digital product, as such, it is important that tech enthusiasts, tech workers and product leaders pay attention to the trends to know how to leverage the future of software engineering for optimum productivity.
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