An overview on the future of software development
The software field has witnessed tremendous developments in the last decade, making most of the impossible aspects seamlessly possible. As a result of this drastic development, the hope and expectations for the future are indeed ten times more compared to the changes we are already facing. However, the common expectation in every mind concerning software development is – “What’s next?”
The future concerning anything is always tagged as “unpredictable.” But then, when it comes to software development, researchers who are already making it happen in their labs, say that the future is already here. It’s just the time factor that’s left to deal with, and very soon, even before we could realize it, the newness of the software will be found trending almost everywhere. In other words, the future of software development is already in the process now. A part of this is what will be discussed in the next few minutes. But before we could go deep in understanding the article’s core, let us discuss the prompt predictions related to software development.
Top predictions made for software development’s future
We are about to discuss the hyperplexed architecture that is sure to be the future of software development. But, what makes it so? Thus, to have a better understanding of the answer to that query, let us first go through 4 critical predictions concerning software development.
Drastic decrease in the size of the applications
Who could have imagined that a computer system, which once needed the space of an entire room, could now fit in the men’s pocket? This was just a simple example, but we have various software applications that have drastically reduced their size to be more compatible for the owned devices and their use. Many applications which traditionally consumed a lot of space or that consisted of heavy packages are now transformed into bit-sized applications.
The microservices have contributed to the applications getting smaller and are sure to contribute much more in the future. Thus, it is important that the teams understand the need to adapt to microservices. Gartner once predicted that by the end of 2019, 90%+ companies who would have tried microservices might find it disturbing and shift to mini services. And this is almost fulfilled today.
Software will mostly takeover hardware
A part of this prediction can already be witnessed today. But it’s sure to create more impact in the future. With the rise of more software-related tools, the hardware is gradually disappearing. So although the hardware may not be completely disappeared, it might end as a wrap for the software.
Significance of innovation will be greater and multiplied
Have you ever wondered why it took almost forty years to create the 1st 500 million applications, while the following same 500 million applications might take four years? One of the significant reasons is that the access, as well as the usage of the internet among the users, is sure to be twice the rate by the next four years, i.e., 2025. This will result in creating more opportunities for new inventions. Added to this, the investment for a new business is comparatively less to what it was, say about 25 years ago. These days, people prefer using cloud storage instead of investing in computers, for instance. Thus, the opportunities and possibilities for innovation are much greater.
UX will still be the high priority
As discussed, almost every aspect of software development is subject to change. And ultimately, UX, that is the user experience, will ever remain the priority. However, it is the UX of the software that will either highlight the importance and help stand out. Moreover, UX can be an added advantage that contributes to your competitive edge.
The need for hyperplexed architecture – An intro
Technology has grown immensely over the years, and it seems as though there is no end to its growth. Thus, in the developing digital atmosphere, the organizations have understood the need for adopting software that contributes to the competitive edge among their competitors. This includes embracing cloud-based payroll platform, fintech, time tracking software, accounting software, etc., that have given the organizations a new perspective as well as a new identity named the tech-driven company among the general public.
The mystery of technology is it doesn’t end with the existing technologies alone. With the increasing use and adoption of AI, Machine Learning, IoT, etc., the need for completely new-gen software architecture is visibly observed. This is basically due to the challenge faced commonly. Although all the existing software are tremendously useful, the drawback is that they are distributed right from their development. This distribution has led to companies working across the different cloud services and in a specific application device only.
In order to create, build, and escalate such apps, there is a need for organizations to be more feasible in adapting and supporting the new programs. This is the reason for believing that the software development future will indeed be hyperplexed. Stating so, it means that hyperplexed architecture will be enabled to uphold and strengthen the already distributed or scattered software application, the various forms of tools, and most importantly, handle the new UX. Henceforth, in a way, the predictions discussed earlier are likely to be fulfilled with the hyperplexed architectures.
How do we define hyperplexed architectures?
“Hyperplexed,” although a new term, rightly conveys the future of the software enterprise, compared to any other terms. Furthermore, the term can be split as hyper and plex, while the first term means extremely and the latter means the various parts of a single unit. Thus, the admixture of the terms hyper and plex illustrates the phenomenon that the future’s software architectures are enabled to support the dispersed applications.
Hyperplexed architectures are more focused on simplifying the development as well as lessens the duration to market it. Thus, they are sure to ease and calm the difficulty faced due to the scattered operations with the aid of AI operations in a much secure and visible manner. Moreover, they are sure to emphasize the innovation of software applications and build a new perspective and marketspace for the different platforms and tools related to software with reduced expenses. In the end, hyperplexed architectures will present the most peculiar user experience and satisfaction.
What has driven the need for hyperplexed architectures?
Undoubtedly, expectations are one thing that drives change. And as discussed, the desire to fulfill the expectations and the predictions made. However, apart from these, when deeply observed in today’s digital environment, there are 3 forces that are driving the need for hyperplexed architecture. Here are they.
The newness of technological prototype
The technology change, as described earlier, is tremendous. Its growth has given birth to many software that helps businesses in many aspects. However, many fail to understand that the outcome of this has a dual effect. Firstly, the tools or software from technological development have helped the company resolve its issues concerning the difficulty in accomplishing the tasks easily and cost-effectively. While on the other side, the same software has drastically given rise to the intricacy, enforcing the organizations to redefine the development of software. Thus, the desire to adapt to the new pattern different from the rest is the first driving factor.
Meeting the constant changes in the needs of clients
As mentioned earlier, change is inevitable. That too, when we talk of the changes in client’s needs, it is indeed tricky to draw a conclusion. A recent survey revealed that 88% of consumers are expecting the companies to spur digital initiatives because of the pandemic. Refer to the following image. As consumers, each differs in the way they perceive. However, in the end, the businesses are expected to understand their diverse behaviour and address their needs accordingly.
To address these changes in the needs and behaviour of the clients, the companies are forced to adapt to artificial intelligence and other such tools. Thus, businesses are on the lookout for aids that help them in providing a personalized experience for their customers.
Boundless opportunities for innovation
Compared to the earlier years, the opportunities and need for innovation in software are immense these days. This openness to opportunities has driven many contributors to give their best to software development. However, it doesn’t end there. Businesses today are exposed to a high level of competition irrelevant of the fact whether they are willing for the competition or not. This has given rise to the situation where embracing technology is mandatory rather than a choice to survive in the market. If they are found to be resisting the developments and not willing to embrace the innovation, they are mentally out of the market. In contrast to this, the businesses that are willing and embrace innovation add to their competitive edge to meet the needs with the right tools. This is where organizations understand the need for hyperplexed architecture.
Therefore, the 3 driving factors we discussed are consolidating and reinforcing one another. And with this, we can be sure of the need that reinforces itself time and again for hyperplexed architectures.
Software development and designs are definitely on the verge of continuous change. Responding positively to these changes will help the developers and the businesses to redefine themselves better and faster. It is already high time to give up reliance on the technologies that are outdated and embrace the new ones. Especially, embracing hyperplexed is vital to garner the advantages of technological changes. Hyperplexed is sure to be seen mainstreaming in the following 4 or 5 years, and hence gird yourselves for the new world that hyperplexed architectures will lead.
Shubham Joshi is an experienced content marketer. Passionate about training and development programs, he is always ready to help colleagues and customers by representing concrete ideas and methodology. Beyond work, he is well-equipped with problem-solving abilities.