Keep an eye on cybersecurity, low code development and artificial intelligence, according to Entrepreneur’s resident expert.

Remember when augmented reality (AR) was the ‘next big thing’? The Pokemon Go craze that had millions of users worldwide collecting digital creatures on their phones was meant to signal the start of an AR revolution. Yet the game’s popularity collapsed so swiftly that even the Sydney Morning Herald was forced to ask what happened.

It’s the same story with Magic Leap, the Florida-based AR startup that promised back in 2015 that users could be fighting digital aliens with 3D printed weapons. Three years and $2.3B in funding later, the company’s latest demo of a little guy throwing rocks is so disappointing that it could have killed the entire AR industry.

Spotting the next ‘hot’ trend that will continue to grow is no easy task. Thankfully, an expert has done the hard work for you. Here are the top five software development trends that will continue to grow into 2019.

Trend #1. Cybersecurity
A fact of life today is that if your company has a digital presence, it is at risk of a cyber-attack. According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, over half (55 percent) of small to medium-sized business have experienced some type of cyber-attack over the past year. Most attacks involve the use of automated software that searches vulnerable networks and computers. Cybersecurity will likely remain as the dominant software development trend for the foreseeable future.

Trend #2. Low Code Development
Low code development is being touted by some as the future of enterprise apps. Aiming to remove or reduce the amount of hand-coding required, low code development looks to automate as much of the coding process as possible. Low code can be used for everything from coding omnichannel platforms to recreating legacy apps into modern ones. It has numerous benefits that are impossible for cash-strapped businesses to ignore including improved agility, decreased costs, higher productivity, better customer experience and effective risk management. According to PC magazine, some of the best platforms to keep an eye on are Salesforce App Cloud, Appian and Google App Maker. Given the current business climate, low code development is undoubtedly one of the largest software development trends that we can expect to see continue into 2019.

Trend #3. Progressive web apps (PWAs)
According to a 2017 software development report by Gartner, PWAs will become the biggest software development trend over the coming years. Everyone from Google to Microsoft has begun developing PWAs that give browser features the same performance characteristics as mobile apps. Such is their low development and maintenance cost, we can expect to see countless companies in the banking, e-commerce and healthcare sectors embrace PWAs over the coming months.

Trend #4. Artificial intelligence (AI)
As reported by Fortune, over 40 percent of U.S. businesses will be using some form of A.I. to automate some of their processes by next year. Whether to process big data, power virtual assistants or to run maintenance tasks, A.I. is shaping the business landscape with an unprecedented ferocity. Fortune believes that Montreal-based startup Element could be the first company to break big tech’s hold on A.I. and give it the ethical credentials necessary for widespread acceptance.

Trend #5. Blockchain technology
As reported by CNBC, BBVA’s CEO Carlos Torres Vila believes that blockchain technology could underpin the financial sector within five years. This chimes with a report from Deloitte that cites multiple use cases for this technology “such as smart contracts, identity management and share trading.” Deloitte’s research points to the potential for blockchain to speed up and simplify cross-border payments, improve online identity management and reduce costs for consumers. With the likes of IBM, Oracle, Amazon, Microsoft and even Facebook getting into this sector, blockchain technology is clearly one of the main software development trends that we can expect to see continuing into next year.

Conclusion
Given the sheer number and size of companies invested in these five areas of software development, we don’t expect to see them sparking out any time soon. We envisage that these five trends will revolutionize the opportunities for consumers and your business in the future.

 

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