Continuing our two-part series on major software development trends in Canada, in this second post, we look at the next three trends that are influencing how the industry works and where it is headed.
In the previous post, we wrote about Cloud Computing, Big Data and Smarter Apps, and how they are influencing what a software development company in Canada (and around the world) provides at present to its customers.
In this post, we look at emergence of software testing as an important aspect of the development process in its own right, the growing importance of mobile-focused solutions, and Internet of Things (IoT) becoming the next big thing.
One of the major trends within this field has been the advances in automated testing. As technology has evolved, the scenarios that needed to be manually run and monitored in earlier years can now be checked automatically. These changes have been fuelled by the fact that software development services have become more modular and process-driven.
This means that though checking the overall software still requires complex manual tests and oversight, the stages of a program can now be checked by running pre-designed Q&A scenarios. Automated testing services are becoming an integral part of software development lifecycle (you can read more about SDLC phases here and here). Firms are choosing to offer manual tests as additional services rather than being packaged with the development process.
We have seen the changes ourselves as we see an increased demand for our automated software testing and load testing services. Our clients are specifically requesting for Selenium, HP QTP, Apache JMeter and HP Loadrunner testing to ensure their solutions are bug free when launched. Though automated testing will not replace manual testing fully, but it will take over more and more Q&A that were hitherto performed through the manual mode.
The future of computing is moving from the desktop and laptop to the smartphone and the tablet. As enterprises move their data to the cloud, people are able to access the information they need through an app, rather than server- or system-based software, from anywhere and at any time.
For instance, we offer our enterprise ERP products as on-the-go solutions for a majority of the end-users. Taking the example of our fleet management software, once the managers download the app, they can see everything they need to check right from their smartphone. No more need to open an ERP software on the desktop.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is already on its way to becoming the next big thing. The future is a connected world where all systems and appliances ‘talk’ to each other. Despite news of possible security problems, newer security measures are already making communication between devices highly secure.
Any major software development services provider will tell you of the possibilities that a connected eco-system opens up. Let us elaborate with an example. Say, you run a fitness centre. Imagine your systems (cooling, exercise machines, and even doors and windows) activating at a fixed time by themselves. Your customers get personalised messages for each day’s schedules and the exercise machines switch to their settings the moment they step on it. All this is possible, thanks to IoT.
IoT on an enterprise scale will revolutionise business and how things are done. With the emergence of AI, machine learning, intelligent apps, etc., IoT is only expected to grow from strength to strength.
That’s about it for now.
Do you agree with our trends and how things are shaping up in the software development industry? Do let us know what you think.