Written by Alexandra GavrilaJan 07, 2020

2020 is here now together a lot of new trends, technologies and approaches are coming to the software development world. It's highly likely that this year will be the year some of these trends explode and become standards. 

From the increasing dominance of AI and the ubiquity of the IoT to the shifting nature of outsourcing services, there are a lot of expectations around what 2020 will bring. So, let's take a look at the 8 trends that we believe will dominate this year in our increasingly digital society:

Mixed Reality is the result of blending the physical world with the digital world. MR is the next evolution in human, computer, and environment interaction and unlocks possibilities that before now were restricted to our imaginations.

MR is made possible by advancements in computer vision, graphical processing power, display technology, and input systems. 

MR will add magic to our daily lives allowing us to write our own rules on how people see the world. By combining the physical and digital in unexpected ways, we can reinvigorate, stimulate and inspire. The possibilities for entertainment are endless.

MR promises to be a genuinely transformational technology and will democratize intelligence. 

Blockchain technology is not a company, nor is it an app, but rather an entirely new way of documenting data on the internet. The technology can be used to develop blockchain apps, such as Social Networks, messaging tools, games, storage platforms, voting systems, online shops, etc. Thus, it is similar to the internet, which is why some have dubbed it - Internet 3.0.

The goal of Blockchain technology is to allow digital information to be recorded and distributed, but not edited. With many practical applications for the technology already being implemented and explored, blockchain is finally making a name for itself!

So long as the adoption of Blockchain grows, we expect it to get more mature continuously. In this regard, the addressing of the identified challenges will play a vital role in the future. 

Progressive Web Apps use modern web APIs along with traditional progressive enhancement strategy to create cross-platform web applications. These apps are providing several features that give them the same user experience advantages as native apps. 

PWAs are a great option for businesses that don’t have the budget to invest in a mobile app, helping businesses increase the conversion rate, page visits, and faster loading times.

For example, PWAs have cut the bounce rates and boosted the conversion rates of many brands in the market such as AliExpress.

AI is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. Specific applications of AI include expert systems, natural language processing, speech recognition, and machine vision. 

Given its popularity, AI will remain in the top software trends for at least the next few years. Companies are using artificial intelligence for better performance and decreased operation costs. 

The Internet of Things refers to the billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data. This adds a level of digital intelligence to devices that would be otherwise dumb, enabling them to communicate real-time data without a human being involved, effectively merging the digital and physical worlds.

In 2020 use the power of IoT to create secure and reliable software for your business - this is a step forward!

Cybersecurity refers to the preventative techniques used to protect the integrity of networks, programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access.

Cybersecurity is a broad umbrella term that encompasses a number of specific practice areas. Here are the most prominent types you'll hear about: Network Security, Application Security, Data Security, Operational Security.

This is the year when organizations should consider a natively integrated, automated security platform specifically designed to provide consistent, prevention-based protection for endpoints, networks, public and private clouds, and software-as-a-service environments.

Time flies, technology evolves. What languages and frameworks should you use for developing enterprise apps is 2020?

Here's what Stack overflow has to say about it:

  1. JavaScript is the most popular language, followed by HTML/CSS, SQL, Python, and Java.
  2. jQuery is the most popular web framework, with React.js, Angular, and ASP.NET following it.
  3. Kotlin and Swift, the popular languages for native development on Android and iOS respectively, being top in the list of “most loved languages”.

Lately, mobile apps that use sensors and scanners to fulfill their purpose are coming into play, especially with the increasing market of IoT devices. The entire market is still innovating and sensors increase the chances of new applications. For instance, there are mobile apps that let you control your TV using your mobile phone. 

In 2020, hiring PHP developers with experience in a particular field to create futuristic apps for your business may be a good idea for your business.

In conclusion... 

There are more trends coming up: some are unpredictable and some are surprising. The above-mentioned technologies will definitely star up in 2020 and upcoming new technologies will solidify their place in the software development world. Most technologies have already started to define the way for the future and beyond. 

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