2020 now becomes finally a retrospective year. It was a year that was full of how businesses connect with their employees and customers with the unprecedented disruption that became null. To the remote-first environments, undergoing the years’ worth of the transformation of the digital world in just a matter of months is what we all witnessed.
The last year ushered in urgent requests for new functionalities for engaging with customers and communities digitally as it was the time where the digital market was already at the top of mind for Website development teams.
Many of the changes that we witnessed accelerated amid the turmoil of the pandemic with several changes that we saw were mere trends that already underwent for software development teams. It is a good time to reflect on these massive shifts and consider the lasting changes they would have as we transitioned back to hybrid work environments as entering into this New Year.
How these changes will be affecting the future of software development and how we can play a role in building a more resilient future together is also an opportunity that should be considered.
While heading into 2021, the following is what the developers should be looking out for:
Low-Code and the Democratization of Complex Software
Low-and-no-code products have certainly been having a bit of a moment is something that is nothing new. We can expect to see the continued rise of the approach oft-touted as democratizing access to complex applications and software in 2021.
The best examples here are the visual software development environments. The need for developers to write code line by line, allowing non-technical team members to drag and drop the components that they need to rapidly pull together a working application or website is what this modular approach replaces with. It releases a lot more time to focus on the bigger picture for the developers.
Rapid lead times and less pain that is caused by the technical skills shortages felt outside hubs are for the employers.
We are likely to see more low-code tools that are customizable, interoperable with the other popular tools, and user-friendly within the next year. Developers will be quick to embrace them as reusable building blocks that can dramatically improve their productivity as a result.
The Customer is Always Right
The steady and continued march towards a digital economy is one thing that does look certain for the year ahead.
Businesses should be focusing on the provision for digital products and experiences that stand out from the competition to compete in a new, digital-first world. Leaving every customer with an emotional connection to the brand that goes far beyond the purely transactional relationship that they are experiencing elsewhere is the Holy Grail here.
The best ways to get there is through personalization and connected, customer-centric designs and this needs to have an ability to harness the insights and data of the customers.
Server-Less is More
One thing that will be staying with us in 2021 is the idea that it is possible to treat the infrastructure and this is the tabloid interest in data warehousing and it is purely as a managed service that is hosted in the could in this case with integration and data warehousing.
Software infrastructure will continue to evolve in the upcoming year. There will be a continued push towards server-less with more options for the development software without the requirement to buy the massive amounts of storage as demand for agility and cost-efficiency increases.
With the flexibility of DevOps workflows, with workloads that continue to move to Kubernetes, more and more companies will be prioritizing this. We will also witness a shift to new “hybrid tools” from pure SaaS.
It is likely that pretty much all data-use cases will be starting to decouple compute from storage as it is simply too expensive to buy both of these resources in unison looking even further ahead.
Things that many feared, the COVID-19 pandemic did not bring about the black hole of productivity. Remote access overwork has been put through its paces in several of the parts that were delivered.
We will be able to see a lot more flexibility in how and where the developers are selecting to work due to this. To create a more diverse tech industry, opening up opportunities for those previously unable to move to tech hubs allows businesses to access a much larger talent pool as this should help things ultimately.
The compensation packages will also be affected by these changes. A planned “Work from Anywhere” policy will universally roll out salaries historically reserved for cities with higher living costs is one approach that could spark copycats is currently being introduced at Reddit.
Do We See a Brighter Future?
2020 has been a tough year for everyone. 2021 yet, promises to bring light to the end of the COVID-19 experience, and with it comes new opportunities for the developers, though it might have its challenges!