The web development trends are subject to constant change as time passes by. With the end of 2019 and the end of a whole decade, the technologies that were trending in web development begin to differ from those that are about to take over. If you are already familiar with web development practices, then you probably know that companies constantly make changes to their strategies and follow world trends in order to keep their competitiveness on a high level. That way, businesses fight hard to always be one step ahead of their competitors and implement technologies that will probably mark a new era in the web development world.
The need for staying up-to-date with the latest web development trends and technologies is a must when working in a company that must follow the trends if it wants to stay ahead of the competition. We can hardly wait to see which are the newest technologies that will mark the following decade. If you want to discover why you need to keep up with the latest trends in web development, continue reading about six of the trends of our choice:
- Low-Code Development
- Mixed Reality (MR)
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Blockchain Technology
- Outsourcing Services
When it comes to web development, throughout the past few years, a new trend called low-code development has appeared. Low-code development is an approach that allows programmers to build applications without coding, by simply using visual interfaces or platforms. In this case, developers will not be required to create code because the code will be created automatically and they will only have the option to modify it. Moreover, they will need to arrange prebuilt components by dragging and dropping them on the low-code development platform.
Low-code development was at first used for building applications on platforms for specific software, such as CRM. However, from 2020 onward, low-code platforms will be on the rise and more low-code applications will be built easily thanks to these platforms. Small businesses, start-ups, and enterprises will mostly use the benefits of low-code development because it offers faster deployment and covers the lack of UX resources. Moreover, companies that implement low-code development will be able to easily validate their business ideas and will face fewer risks throughout the process.
Mixed Reality (MR)
Mixed Reality (MR) is not a new trend in web development, however, it is expected to take a stronger swing in the decade that begins right now. Last year, the increased usage of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) was one of the digital marketing trends on the rise. In 2020, this trend will continue to dominate not only in the world of digital marketing but also in software development. Companies will use this MR technology as a way to realize their business values, especially if they fall into the following sectors: gaming, architecture and construction, defense, healthcare, tourism, etc.
MR technology can be utilized in various different segments, depending on the nature of the business. For instance, architecture and construction companies may use MR in order to improve their designs by implementing 3D modeling in a VR environment. Moreover, both government and non-profit organizations can use VR and AR to train their employees. Furthermore, businesses that use VR and AR will be able to provide their customers with the opportunity to try and examine their products virtually, thus increasing their sales effort. Therefore, implementing the MR in the company’s software can only improve the business process and lifestyle. Continue observing the development of this trend in the decade that has just begun and make sure to implement it in your business.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence is a trend that started emerging in the past several years but will continue to ascend in the decade that has just started. Businesses more and more implement AI in their software development strategy. For those who still do not know what AI is: it is a computer-science branch that enables machines to perform tasks that only humans could have done till now. Although experts believe that the future lies in AI, they cannot but wonder what will happen to human intelligence in the future. That is why we wonder whether the real battle of the future will actually happen between machines and humans or not?
When it comes to the influence of AI over software development, it can help in building a facial recognition software for law enforcement agencies, for instance, by implementing its image and video recognition capabilities. Software developers with the help of AI and Machine Learning (ML) will be able to automate low-end tasks. Moreover, AI may help in processing data of all patients that are served at healthcare organizations, or in improving the customer service operations by implementing chatbots on all websites. Regardless of the way that companies will implement the AI, it will make their lives easier and will mark the beginning of a new era.
In the list of web development trends that are expected to mark the new decade belongs the blockchain technology. Blockchain consists of several blocks that are connected with the help of cryptography. Each of the blocks contains a list of records and a cryptographic hash of the previous block which is designed to resist any modification that could be possibly done to the data. Blockchain is a P2P (peer-to-peer) network that businesses use for running smart contracts and for improving companies’ trust. This trend increases accountability and data safety, allows creating smart contracts, and provides ultimate transparency.
The increased use of blockchain technology is due to several advantages that it brings to companies. Blockchain improves supply-chain management thus simplifying the process that involves a lot of paperwork and manual processes. Moreover, it offers audit trail and endurance to analytics software and companies of different sectors use it for running their analytics tools on reliable data. Blockchain also offers improvements in the Identity and Access Management (IAM) and in its processes by dealing with a lot of identity information stored in silos. Finally, blockchain is a technology that brings security to the Internet of Things (IoT) thanks to its features that secure the communication between different devices over the Internet. Overall, the blockchain development is expected to mark a great growth from 2020 onward, so we can hardly wait to see what it has in store.
Cybersecurity is one of the web development trends which companies must consider to implement when they want to build solutions for their enterprises. In the new decade, cybercrimes are expected to increase in number, thus causing companies to lose billions of dollars. Therefore, they will have to start considering the best solution that will keep them safe from such so-called cybercrimes. Cybersecurity is a key factor when building enterprise solutions, especially when protecting a business from cybercriminals who can commit a variety of online crimes.
Small businesses or start-ups are usually the perfect targets for cybercriminals because they believe that they will not be attacked due to their size. However, cyber-attackers pick these small businesses as their first targets and gain access to their data and customers’ personal information. Therefore, cybersecurity will begin flourishing more and more among small companies in the years to come. However, this does not mean that only small businesses need to invest in cybersecurity. All companies are encouraged to follow this trend and to take into consideration the fact that cybersecurity is useful for them.
Another one of the web development trends for 2020 will be the outsourcing of IT professionals. With the expansion of global companies, businesses try to use the best capabilities they can. However, although a company may have an IT sector within the organization, it still needs experts in that field. Therefore, worldwide companies will have to begin using outsourcing web development services in order to get the best IT professionals to work on their projects.
Hiring an IT support services company such as Cosmic Development may be one of the outsourcing options businesses make when it comes to getting IT pros on their team. We outsource services to worldwide clients and offer the most qualified remote workers. The services we offer cover the following main areas: software development, digital marketing and sales, and administration and virtual assistance. Contact us today to help you stay on track with the newest web development trends and let us build a team for your brand.