GrubHub, AirBnB, Uber, Spotify, Zillow, Doordash. These are a few examples of successful businesses that have one thing in common- a creative software application. Today, it is hard to think of a business that goes without a software application. That is why, software development is a billion-dollar market, projected to reach $507B by 2020.
A scalable software with a faster time-to-market is the prime requirement of businesses. That is why, software development community comes up with tools, technologies, and frameworks that can make delivery of a complex solution possible in the minimum time possible. In this segment, we are going to talk about such technologies.
We are going to talk about 10 approaches that simplify the development of a brilliant and scalable software solution. They are the latest trend in the software development industry and all successful businesses are making the most from them.
1. Low Code Development
Low code development is a modular approach to software development. It uses a reusable, component-based architecture for development that significantly boosts the delivery cycle and reduces time-to-market. An approach like low code development makes bug fixing and maintenance easy, improves code reusability, makes tech-stack versatile, simplifies testing, etc.
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2. Multi-platform UI Development
At times when a software solution for multiple platforms (web, iOS, Android) has to be developed, the multi-platform UI development approach works. Frameworks such as React Native, Xamarin, Flutter makes it possible to build cross-platform solutions. Such an approach to frontend development promotes reusability, reduces time-to-market, and delivery time for all the platforms.
3. Serverless Architecture
Serverless architecture allows building scalable applications without having to manage the infrastructure. While the applications run on the server they are managed by a cloud service provider (like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure).
The resources in a serverless architecture scale up and down as the requirement strikes. That means the engineering team is freed from managing applications, databases, and storage systems and thus can pay attention to the core product rather than managing and operating the servers or runtimes.
4. AI-First Solutions
Artificial Intelligence has a disruptive effect on almost every industry. Considering the numerous benefits that AI brings in, developers are integrating AI in one form o the other to give an edge to the software applications. Some of the prominent use cases of AI include chatbots, data recognization & classification, object detection, predictive analysis, etc.
5. Microservices and Microfrontends
Microservices and Microfrontends are the modular approaches to backend and frontend development.
Microservices architecture uses independent group components to build a software application. It makes it easy for an app development team to accelerate the development cycle, reduce time-to-market for new features, and keeps an application open for experimentation.
Micro frontends is the microservices approach to frontend development. Herein, an application is broken up by its pages and features, with each feature being owned end-to-end by a single team.
6. Edge Computing
In the case of edge computing, an edge server is positioned between the cloud and the user device in a location within the user’s proximity. This way, the workload on the cloud server is reduced, thereby reducing data transmission latency.
7. Headless CMS
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Headless Content Management System follows an API-first approach to software development. A headless CMS is a backend-only content management system. It offers backend capabilities for editing, organizing, and storing digital content, irrespective of the platform where it is to be published, displayed or used. Such an approach to development works best when omnichannel experiences are to be developed.
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8. Automation through DevOps
Software development is a collaboration between development and IT operations team. DevOps bring a cultural shift to software development wherein the teams collaborate to automate integration, deployment, delivery, testing, and monitoring of applications.
9. Voice-Enabled Solutions
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10. Multi-Cloud Strategy
Voice assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa introduces a new way to how humans interact with digital devices. With their growing popularity amongst users, especially the millenials, integration of voice assistants with software applications or skill development has become a much adopted trend.
A multi-cloud strategy has two or more cloud services for an application. In this case, a software application utilizes multiple services (SaaS or Paas) of different service providers which helps to improve efficiency, reduce cost, and abd offers high resiliency.