Amidst the noise you read, see or hear around AI and machine learning every day, it is easy to forget that a majority of software development work that goes on in firms and businesses in Canada and around the world has very little to do with these technologies, yet.
Software development at the commercial level is more focussed on solving problems that you face every day in the present world rather than giving you solutions for a ‘distant’ tomorrow. This is not to say that AI, machine learning or blockchain, among others, are not interesting. They definitely are and every software developer you see, meet or know will have tales to tell of what’s happening in that space.
But this two-part series of posts is not about these awesome developments but rather on a few others that were buzzwords a few years back and are now the mainstay of software development services in Canada and around the world.
We believe these trends will become more prominent in the years to come, as more and more businesses realise the need to use software technology to their advantage. Let us look at the first three of the top six trends without further ado.
Needless to say, cloud computing is here to stay. Research shows that most companies are now moving towards this platform. There is also a growing trend towards private cloud, as compared to enterprise or hybrid cloud. In addition, the platform is seeing more API integration for databases and communication technologies. These trends are likely to accelerate in the years to come.
The leading player in the field, Amazon Web Services, has already seen stellar growth and this is expected to increase further in the years to come even as Google, Microsoft and other players amp up their presence in the space. Software development services in Canada will likely see a positive fallout of this as demand for cloud-based solutions increase.
Larger enterprises have already embraced big data. Banks, healthcare firms and manufacturers are using data analytics to drive more customer-oriented growth strategies. For example, we are seeing an increasing demand for our ERP solutions that integrate different information sets to deliver better control for business in logistics, fleet management, etc. We expect this trend to accelerate in the years to come.
Another aspect we are noticing in big data applications is the merging of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and CCM (Customer Communication Management) at both the back-end and the front-end. The result is the Omni-Channel approach that creates true synergies for a more unified and effective customer engagement models.
For instance, banks can now help their customer save and invest better as they are using the customer data at their disposal along with his / her purchase patterns, income and expenses history, etc. to create more appropriate investment solutions. The finest results of this synergetic Omni-Channel approach can be seen in e-commerce. Big data on customer’s purchase patterns, product wishlists, items left in shopping cart, etc. is being integrated with inventory, business cycle and the yearly calendar to deliver a more custom and inclusive shopping experience where the chances of a sale are considerably enhanced.
Ask any software development company in Canada about the trends they see in the industry and changes in mobile and web applications development are likely to be among the top five they mention. Both iOS and Android are seeing more robust and intelligent apps.
There is a trend towards enterprise apps as compared to consumer apps as businesses are finally understanding the advantages of what it means to work on-the-go. Firms are learning from their mistakes and asking for custom software development services to create apps that deliver on more fronts than their previous versions.
We will write about some more trends in the upcoming blog. Until then, do let us know your thoughts on software development trends in Canada.