The natural evolution of software development took something of a sudden turn and a leap forward after the arrival of the Covid pandemic in early 2020. Lockdowns and isolation skewered the working world as we knew it and directions of all types were changed forever. It seemed at the time that it would all be just a hiccup, but it’s hung around, and now would appear to be staying.
This enforced isolation and the need for people to work from home has changed the shape of everything. From day-to-day living to online retail, to the operations of big and small businesses and agencies.
This change has spurred developments in software that previously hadn’t been thought of, as well as expanding and improving upon those which did. Software development is a constantly shifting sand, and it has had to shift more over the last 18 months than ever before.
As the pandemic continues along with all the uncertainty that comes with it, developers will continue to forge forwards, keeping up with the changes and outpacing them as well as finding new solutions to new problems. AI, machine learning, remote collaborations – all these things have been curving upward through 2021.
So what is coming now in 2022?
By the time 2022 is going out with the tide this time next year, and 2023 is ebbing in, it is expected that virtually every development tool will incorporate an AI bot. Bots have become popular for different purposes, including customer care, multichannel marketing, sales, etc. This past year has seen development focused on AI usage, with controlled trials of platforms such as Github.
The long-term goal with this development is the continuous experimenting of AI, ever-pushing it and empowering it further. With AI bots in almost all development and business name generator tools, the addition of natural language abilities is another plus-point in the toolbox. It’s also possible to use WordPress bots and even social media chatbots as part of this process.
EDA, or Event-driven Architecture, is the detection by software of sales, financial transactions, and website visits, and having the ability to act on them immediately. Or, as close to real-time as possible. EDA is designed to push not just detection but the production of and reaction to business website events.
Developers have been focusing on this for a couple of years now, with an increase in interest over the course of 2021. It has been predicted that by the end of 2022, 35% of IT developers will be applying a more concentrated focus on EDA capabilities.
Old-school traditional security measures such as browser isolations, firewalls, and end-point vulnerability scanners are increasingly less effective. This is due to the threats having a larger area with which to penetrate. Public Wifi, integrated apps, APIs, and open-source libraries have all contributed to the opening up of broader areas of vulnerability.
This has made Zero-trust architectures something of a priority. 2022 can be expected to see a sharp rise in the investment in multi-factor authentication and security technology software.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning, both of which are already two of the tech universe’s brightest stars, are set to become even more valuable – especially machine learning with its detection capabilities and ability to prevent harmful activity. ‘Verify user’ technologies are set to become even more prevalent and powerful.
Holistic toolchains are becoming increasingly preferential – among developers, as well as the businesses supporting them. There are a couple of key reasons for this surge in popularity. They better enable compliance and automated governance, as well as improved utilization of value stream management software.
These can be used to develop different small business payment options, for example. It’s predicted that by the end of 2022, at least half of all businesses will count on these toolchains. It Is very much expected that these will very quickly become a platform-as-a-service.
Working remotely seemed novel in 2020, especially when it was assumed that it would just be for a few weeks – maybe a few months at most. Eventually, companies tried to find innovative ways of staff development, such as online podcasts and e-books.
Now, at the end of 2021, it has become an accepted norm: ‘working from home’ no longer raises eyebrows or seems enviable in the way it once did. In fact, many workers have completely eliminated commutes, created home offices, and opted for work-from-home car insurance policies to reflect this new state.
2022 looks like being the year in which working remotely becomes recognized as being an official fixture and not a few away games.
A 2021 report by Github found that there has been a 74% decrease in the co-located office working rate. Businesses staffed with fully remote employees were this year expected to increase by almost 50% compared to before the pandemic began.
Productivity levels may be on the up again, but there are still significant spaces leftover from co-located office working declining. Almost a third of software developers reported lack of contact with colleagues as a continuing factor to burnout, alongside the hours being put in at home. A quarter reported working from home as the cause for feeling exhausted: More work, less interaction, and direct involvement with others.
While travel abroad has become more difficult, remote meetings with international teams have become more common, which leads to a whole host of new technological challenges relating to multilingual communication. This spurred on the adoption of technologies such as Zoom’s live interpretation function, and it required companies to adapt with more software and website localization to boost accessibility for international teams.
Software companies like SERPWizz have an international team of developers who work fully remotely. The founder, Deepak Shukla, states, “It’s perfectly normal now to have a team of software developers in different time zones, with different backgrounds, living all over the world. Remote work has made that possible and the nature of software development does not require developers to be in the same room to get the work done.”
With Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams, and other similar platforms carrying the brunt of connecting the remote, it is highly expected that these tools will develop even stronger and more personal ways for colleagues to interact with each other and work better together Internet.
Additional tools such as an online logo maker, image, or PDF editors also help out a lot in organizing and completing small daily tasks. It won’t be the same as sharing actual office space, but developments will be underway to make remote work as intimate as is possible as if inside the office of old.
Remote working is a huge challenge, especially for bigger businesses and teams. As the move to remote work becomes one of permanence, developers will find solutions to filling the holes left by the lack of in-person contact under the same roof.
The pandemic has upended the rules of so much of our everyday lives – and that extends to that of software development. As businesses evolve to more and increasingly better digital models and demand even more capabilities, the pressure is on to deliver software with more abilities than ever before.
Developers have been rising, and continue to rise to the challenge. 2022 looks to be a year that will demand high expectations, through no fault of its own – and software developers will continue to meet the world’s new needs.