Developers wishing to stay up-to-date need to consider several software trends. Among these, we can include Blockchains. Studies involving this technology are continuing to bring radical change to the financial sector and have affected other sectors too. The Blockchain model and its practical applications are also leading to alterations in the distribution chain of manufactured goods.
Various projects are underway to enable the Blockchain to be applied in other fields, such as air transport. One particular company which is particularly active in that area is the leading airline Lufthansa.
An accurate overview of the latest software trends must also take into account the role of chat bots. Current figures show that their predicted annual growth between now and 2025 is estimated at 27%. Recently, chat bots have undergone rapid development. They are no longer mere vehicles for reply content, but valid tools for the provision of quality customer service.
There is however an underlying problem which is still present, linked to the fact that clients prefer to interact with real people. Companies are continuing to invest in chat bots though, with the aim of developing personalised interactions both for clients and for the entire staff. In this case, the use of chat bots is increasingly referred to as a support for targeted training paths.
The Importance of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence also features among the most important software trends. According to the UX community, it will soon lead to the disappearance of the user interface as we know it now, allowing smoother operation thanks to its calculation capacities, which can adapt perfectly to many different contexts.
As far as the developer’s job is concerned, it is essential to understand which data is required for company applications each time. Experts recommend that such company decisions could benefit greatly from the use of Artificial Intelligence, in order to try out processes that could really make a difference.
The role of Machine Learning and Open Source numbers
Any discussion of software trends must also include the role of Machine Learning, which is already used in a wide range of diverse fields and is destined to double in number over the next year.
Open Source numbers should also be taken into account, as they have now become the norm in company software. Maintenance and implementation processes relating to Open Source technologies are often very complex. For this reason, developers are increasingly involved in dealing with the operational and management aspects, which could be improved, without detracting from the trial of cloud services designed to provide the rapid delivery of Open Source innovations.
The growth of serverless architectures and automation processes
Any analysis of the software trends scene could not exclude serverless architectures. Important advances have been made in that field and an example of this is the Fn project.
Originally created for micro-service architectures, the serverless model has been taken on board by leading players such as Google, who launched Cloud Functions in 2016. Based on the FaaS principle, it is able to activate functions in response to events recorded on cloud, considering for example the importation of files stored on Cloud Storage.
In conclusion, we must also mention automation. Thanks to cloud-based administration of services, it will be possible to aggregate ever larger quantities of data, process them and make use of automatic learning processes in order to optimise system monitoring. These services will be able to release targeted alerts should anomalies arise, enabling developers to find and resolve problems more efficiently.
Translated by Joanne Beckwith