In the software and tech industry, everything goes so fast that you can often feel left behind. Trends change, new methods are used and you always have to try and stay updated. So here’s a short article about a few tech trends in software architecture & development in 2016 and what has had a huge impact on software trends over the past years: data.
Tech trends in the software industry in 2016
Software trends: Big data, business intelligence & data mining
Big data implies a big volume of data that a business gets on a daily basis, usually online and in the cloud. The volume is usually extremely large and complex to analyse, raw and unstructured. In the past few years, it has become a word on many people’s mouth, one of the most important tech trends 2016. In fact, with the increase of devices we use, the amount of data we have has become incredible and analysing it the right way could provide us huge amounts of useful information. Specially for organisations.
As the majority has become conscious of the possibilities that big data could provide us, companies have started storing their data but without really knowing what to do with it. And we have finally reached the period where we are trying our best to make good use of it, through analytics. And here comes what we call Business Intelligence or BI.
As mentioned earlier, having a huge amount of data is good but obviously analyzing it is the important part. Business Intelligence has a big variety of tools, apps & methodologies that helps in the analysis of the data. It’s a data-driven decision-making. It’s about generating, analysing, and visualizing of data to inform and facilitate business management. In fact reports, dashboards and data visualizations are done and all of that helps improving the decision making process of companies. Mainly because the processes are optimised, the efficiency is improved and the organisation gets a competitive advantage.
So yes, BI is about making managerial decisions. But when we talk about analytics, it’s more about asking questions: Are certain products selling better in certain locations?
What about data mining? Let’s say that it’s finding answers you didn’t even know you were looking for. In fact, when having so much information it’s difficult to get all the conclusions you can get. You can often end up skipping a few key points that would be of great help. Data mining is when we go through it all to try and find what has been overlooked.
Few data tech trends 2016
- SELF SERVICE – the users will more and more satisfy their own information needs without the help of others or without an analytical background, delivered through interfaces built for that purpose.
- CUSTOMIZABLE VISUALISATIONS – more tools that will create powerful graphics and reports will be available. It will become a sort of common language in the professional world and will be used to empower people when it comes to insights.
- THE IOT DATA – the Internet of Things has just started and is here to stay. More devices will be connected and that in almost all the industries. This means more data generated and therefore more tools to explore the data and get more insights.
Some tech trends in the software development industry
Software industry trends: Programming languages
- C# (front end)
This object oriented programming language was designed by Microsoft for a wide range of enterprise applications that run on the .NET Framework. It’s simple and modern and often used to develop Windows specific applications and websites that will be run on a Windows server. It’s quite new but has been rising slowly slowly.
- Java (back end)
Java is an open source language and is considered to be one of the most adopted programming languages, worldwide. One of the reasons why it is so popular is its readability and simplicity. It was also designed to be able to run it on any device. It is therefore for software development for computers, smartphones and even smart TV’s and is specially used to develop native Android apps.
- SQL (back end)
Let’s say that almost every computer or person that has access to technology will end up touching some SQL. It is used for specific purposes and if you’re interested in managing a database you should be interested in learning SQL. For example hospitals, governments and bank systems.
Python is a simple and easily readable language and is therefore very easy for beginners. Although it’s very easy to learn, it can be used for nice things as scientific computing, web development and 3D rendering.
Software industry trends: Frameworks
Bootstrap’s popularity keeps on increasing and is turning into a web development standard. It’s a front end development framework and is open source, therefore free. This beautiful, intuitive and powerful kit is mostly used for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
Quite new, it has become more and more popular. It’s mainly for building user interfaces, is very fast and very practical because it refreshes automatically when there is new data available.
Software architecture trends
When we talk about Microservice architecture, we are talking about a particular way of designing software applications; services that are independently deployable and much more scalable. Each one is running in its own process and is built around business capabilities. and independently deployable by fully automated deployment machinery. Each service can be written in different programming languages and use different data storage technologies, it means that they can also be managed by different teams.
There are many advantages to using this type of architecture:
- Each microservice small and it is therefore easier for the developer to understand
- As mentioned before, each service can be deployed independently so it is easier to deploy new versions of services on a regular base
- It is much more scalable and each service’s management can be assigned to a different team and can be worked on at different times and independently
Docker is an open source platform for developers to use. The idea is to create, deploy, and run applications, on laptops, data center, or on the cloud, by using containers. Why is using containers great? Because it enable us to package an app with all the parts that is needs and then ship it all as one and this means that the app will run on any Linux machine, even if it has customized settings. Using Docker increases performance and reduces the size of the app.
Those are not the only tech trends in 2016 in the software industry, but they are the main ones we talk about in our environment here at Apiumtech. It’s an environment that changes and grows quite fast and it’s important to stay up to date to not be left behind. If you have any other tech trends you think could be a nice add up to the list don’t hesitate to add it in the comment section!