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5 Predictions for the Future of IT in 2022 A flood of new technology trends and methodologies will find their way into the area of software development in the 2020s and beyond.

By Steve Taplin

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Software development has seen several changes since the beginning of the century. With the year 2022 fast approaching, many companies and organizations have been obliged to adjust their web and app development processes to match the market's shifting expectations and enhance user experience. If we've learned anything over the previous year, it's to be prepared for the unexpected. Understanding the current forecasting trends in software development can help you make significant breakthroughs in the following years.

While we can't predict what will happen in the technological world in the future, we can learn from current software development trends. Here are some of the most critical trends and projections for future software development.

1. Programming languages

For our technologies to function effectively, the future of coding must be uniform and adhere to best practices. According to the most recent data, programming languages such as JavaScript, Python, C++ and Java remain some of the most widely used. But how long will this continue to be the case? Some new programming languages are making significant progress and are well worth your effort to learn.

There are new programming languages almost everywhere these days, whether you code for the web, the backend or mobile. You should look into some of these new programming languages.

2. Cross-platform development

The development and maintenance of "only for Android" or "only for IOS" has become more expensive. As a consequence, more firms are beginning to explore cross-platform development.

With cross-platform development technologies, you can support two platforms with one code base, reducing the need for additional engineering resources and multiplying the opportunity for adoption.

Flutter was the first of a series of solutions aimed at the financial, retail and other sectors. There's also React Native, which is an option.

3. Blockchain

The basic idea behind blockchain technology is that it creates a secure, decentralized and immutable database that records all transactions in chronological order. This procedure ensures that every piece of information included on the blockchain is correct. Incorporating a level of security and transparency into transactions that are seldom seen elsewhere makes conducting business transactions substantially easier for all parties involved.

Almost every cryptocurrency will be coupled with one (or more) end-user software programs that will use it as an internal currency to purchase and trade assets on the open market. Thus, in 2022, there will be a high need for software firms that have shown expertise in blockchain technology.

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4. Human augmentation

The global human augmentation market is expected to multiply over the next several years. Human augmentation may take many different shapes and forms. For example, artificial intelligence (AI) can advise sales associates during negotiations and assist marketing teams in developing more relevant advertising.

Furthermore, low-code and no-code platforms are gaining popularity, and they can help teams do more in less time. While there is some uncertainty about working alongside robots, organizations will need to accept this new class of workers to remain competitive in the future.

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5. Nearshore software development

Due to developers' high salaries, many firms and tiny enterprises frequently attempted to remain under budget by identifying cost-effective alternatives for each development project. Fortunately, there is a tried-and-true method that many firms choose when they want more talent: nearshore outsourcing.

Nearshore outsourcing is much less complicated and has plenty of advantages. Apart from cultural commonalities with the individual or team, you will be collaborating with a geographic closeness, which means lower travel expenses, a minor time zone difference and improved communication. In addition, workers will almost certainly speak the same language as you, making communicating with your outsourced workforce much simpler.

As new technologies permeate more and more aspects of our everyday lives, we've seen increasing interest and engagement across a range of industries. Knowing the vital software development trends for 2021 will assist you in guiding your company's decisions on strategies connected to your architecture and technological infrastructure. 2022 will be a year of exponential growth in application development, and there will be numerous digital and software fields that will emerge as a result of this expansion.

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Steve Taplin

CEO of Sonatafy Technology

Steve Taplin is the CEO of Sonatafy Technology (www.sonatafy.com), a premier nearshore software-development-services firm that provides its clients with expertise in cloud solutions, web and mobile applications, ecommerce, big data, DevOps practices, QA, IoT and machine learning.

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