16 software development trends set to take the tech industry by storm

Olivia Cuthbert
4 min readFeb 22, 2021

From DevSecOps to low-code applications, software development trends change as fast as the technology. To stay current, you need to think beyond the current state of technology and look ahead.

As successful technology leaders, the Forbes Technology Council members examine both current and projected industry trends. Below are 16 software development trends that they predict will dominate the technology sector in the coming months.

1) Low-code/no-code platforms

The popularity of low-code/no-code will continue to grow. The history of computing has moved away from zero and built higher abstraction levels, from yesterday’s assembler languages and compiled software to today’s modern low-code/no-code solutions. These solutions allow companies to continue their digital transformation without the need for technical resources at every stage.

2) Machine Learning Operations

Running machine learning is required to achieve at least some level of operational excellence. MLS includes elements such as automatic detection of concept drift (i.e., how production data differs from the data used to train the model), real-time feedback on crucial model KPIs in production and pre-built support for continuously updating models based on production success, and integration with AutoML

3. User Experience Design

User Experience Design is becoming more critical than ever. Companies across all industries are redesigning their customer interaction models in response to pandemic disruption. User experience software design is essential to redesigning products and services for customers to allow companies to retain and win customers in today’s fully digital environment.

4 .DevSecOps

DevSecOps is a growing concern for developers to have access to the entire stack. The wide range of privileges granted to developers can cause significant disruptions to the cloud infrastructure due to insider threats and random incidents. As a result, DevSecOps teams monitor activity and access to identify privileged access and use this to assign as few privileges as possible.

5. A near-perfect digital experience

Delivering near-perfect digital experiences is rapidly evolving from a novelty to a gamble. With the explosive growth of applications and cloud infrastructure’s ubiquity, front-end development has taken center stage. Developers will be tasked with the skills and job-like responsibilities to increase productivity, accelerate improvements and deliver massive customer experience improvements.

6. Native mobile development languages

I expect that modern native mobile development languages (Kotlin, Swift) and programming languages focused on improving product speed, memory safety, parallelism (Rust, etc.) have a promising future. This expectation link to the growing user demand for quality, customization, and speed of apps.

7.Progressive web applications

DevSecOps teams need to pay close attention to the growing use of progressive web apps. The rapid growth in the use of PWAs and the adoption of advanced low-code technologies enable the development of more cross-platform applications. App developers need to ensure that security is built-in from the outset and ensure timely deployment and updates for their customers.

8. API

Building an API economy to make offline consumption channels such as email and digital out-of-home smarter and faster is sweeping the industry and will continue to do so. It is clear that email, in particular, is essential to Americans, and the digital transformation of email workflows will allow companies to take advantage of an often overlooked communication channel.

9. Approach to security and compliance

In the past, security and compliance practices have been reactive, mainly because teams rushed to resolve security issues after they created. By adopting a “shift-left” approach, developers and security teams work together to identify security issues before cloud resources proactively. This approach increases developer productivity and avoids security and compliance risks.

10. Balanced development automation

A trend is shifting from software development automation to balanced development automation that includes other business teams such as risk, compliance, and legal. Software development, now a critical process for all businesses, is evolving from an automated technology pipeline to a value stream where ‘cross-functional means moving beyond IT into other parts of the organization.

11. Vulnerability disclosure program

Since DHS BOD 20–01 mandates a vulnerability disclosure program for all agencies in the United States, I expect the trend of “expecting, identifying, and mitigating security holes” through VDPs to dominate in the second half of the 2020s. Source policy templates provide free assistance around election security VDPs, and these programs’ implementation continues to be more comfortable.

12. Mobile responsive design

Mobile responsive design is on the rise, and I think it’s safe to say it will continue to be a trend for years to come. We all use our smartphones to shop, stay in touch with friends, and read content online. All of these rely on intuitive and mobile-friendly design. I believe that mobile development will continue to increase in importance, and desktop optimization will continue to decline.

14. Code-as-a-Service

Code-as-a-Service will accelerate the use of platform-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, and eventually cloud computing. Case, unlike individual platforms like iOS and Android, will increasingly be universal development needs. With integrated modules for artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things, and blockchain, developers will have easy access to these technologies they need.\

15. cloud integration for e-commerce

Cloud integration becomes a higher priority for e-commerce. Some cloud-based e-commerce platforms have realized that the lack of integration with external services will cause business owners to migrate to more convenient storefronts. Users want access to as many options as possible to optimize their cloud platforms.

16. serverless computing

The paradigm of serverless computing as a disruptive architectural approach has become very popular in recent years. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing cloud services models for software development — models that continue to dominate the industry because it enables the rapid growth of applications without server management headaches and can quickly scale operations.

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