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Web development: latest trends for 2017
- IoT to revolutionize web development. The Internet of Things offers a unique opportunity to streamline business processes, gain a better insight into asset and personnel management and cut operating costs. 70% of financial services executives, for example, consider IoT crucial or game-changing for their industry – and similar opinions prevail in other sectors. As a result, by 2019, enterprises will be using 9.1 billion IoT devices (40% of all connected gadgets worldwide). However, IoT’s core value stretches far beyond connected gadgets as such; it is sensor-generated data (roughly 40 zettabytes by 2018) that enables companies to make better business decisions. Naturally, companies will integrate IoT solutions with CRMs, ERPs and other types of enterprise applications to automate supply chain management, product replenishment and other time-consuming processes (that’s what Predictive Maintenance is all about). Current enterprise apps do not have the required computing power to speedily process the growing amount of data. The microservices approach would certainly help. However, IoT won’t happen without Artificial Intelligence. Thanks to machine learning algorithms, General Electric fights machinery downtime and orders equipment parts that will soon need replacement in advance. Fama, an LA-based startup that specializes in HR software solutions, has recently built an AI app that scans potential employees’ social media profiles to detect inappropriate content. By 2019, the global content cognitive systems market will be worth will be worth $ 9.2 billion. If you consider integrating an IoT solution into your software environment, make sure to address a reliable vendor who has modern R&D facilities and broad experience in AI app development;
- Microservices architecture goes mainstream. Enterprises – especially large ones – have always been slow to adopt disruptive technologies. That’s one of the reasons why 30% of current Fortune 500 companies will be outpaced by their IoT-savvy rivals within two years. While building a dedicated Internet of Things solution might be expensive for your company, there’s no reason to hold on to your monolithic enterprise apps anymore. Your employees most likely expect using up to 5 devices in the workplace and being able to access business apps from a small screen. Agnes Sheehan, the director of connectivity and network sales at Telstra, claims most companies that enhance their enterprise software with new capabilities fail to roll out security updates and keep apps running seamlessly on multiple devices. Due to misconfigurations, 25% of all existing business apps are subject to at least 700 security vulnerabilities. In a world where a botnet consisting of surveillance cameras and Wi-Fi routers can bring GitHub and Twitter down, you can’t be too serious about security. And that’s why Netflix, Guardian and Amazon adopted the microservices architecture. The approach enables developers to handle each function (report generation, payment transactions, messaging) as a separate process and update it without making any changes to the parent enterprise app. As a result, you can build app components using different tech stack and significantly reduce the time between developing a computer program and putting it to work. Before your company switches to microservices, however, you should consult an experienced vendor to make sure you can monitor services’ performance and automate software deployment;
- Rise of low-code web development solutions. The growing complexity of business websites and applications drives the demand for qualified software vendors (which even now exceeds the available dev capacity). In order to fill the gap, most vendors make their APIs open source, enabling companies to create high-performance business applications on top of the existing ones (that’s what they call the “citizen developer initiative”). According to IBM’s recent survey, 80% of enterprises have plans to implement low-code solutions in the near future. QuickBase, a US low-code app development platform provider, claims 92% of their 6 thousand customers (including half of Fortune 100 companies) have no programming experience. Although most apps built with low-code/no-code dev tools automate routine office tasks (aka micro apps), they should be seamlessly integrated with enterprise software and undergo security tests. And that’s why outsourcing web development has made it to our latest trends list: companies that turn to low-code solutions and do not have in-house IT teams to conduct testing and provide the required support will have to outsource QA and enterprise application integration to third-party vendors;
- “Mobile-first” approach to website development. Almost 60% of Google search queries now come from mobile devices. Throughout 2017, 50.2% of all payment transactions will be made on mobile, too. As a result, more companies develop a mobile version of their website first and proceed to the desktop version later. The approach will enable you to decide on your website’s UX/UI elements early on and avoid feature creep. While we’re at it, we’ll briefly enumerate hottest website design trends for the near future. A typical 2017 website will use single screen minimalistic layouts incorporating videos or hero images, simple app-like menus and large custom fonts. Also, businesses will turn to storytelling and build long-scrolling websites to engage their audience. Long gone are stock images; if you want to succeed, you’ll have to invest in original content (and probably make a transition to SVG).