This year marked a downturn for different industries, due to the worldwide pandemic. Nonetheless, some industries actually enable many to sail through the tough and uncertain times. The software development industry is among them. Several software apps are empowering workspace collaboration.
Cloud services ensure remote access to software, information and data, infrastructure, and chatbots to help in various awareness campaigns on health. Software apps, in one way or the other, are helping organizations to continue with their services. The year expects high demand for innovative, scalable, and performance-oriented software apps.
Taking this into account, it has become paramount for organizations and their team of developers to adhere to the best practices when it comes to developing software solutions.
» Key Takeaways of Software App in 2020
These days, software app developers are very much concerned about their mental and physical health. 45 percent of developers state that they’re now working more while in quarantine. 31 percent say they work the same amount and 24 percent claim that they’re working less.
Needless to say, a lot of developers prefer to remain remote working, and even consider a cut in their pay to do so, instead of returning to the office and risking their health.
» Top Five Software Engineering Patterns for 2020
The following is a discussion of the top software development and engineering trends that developers should adhere to this year.
1. Contemporary Software Architectures:
Software architecture and engineering lay down a solution basis. It will define how software system components must be assembled or organized, the way they communicate with one another, and the constraints that rule the entire system.
Over time, software architectures have evolved. For development to cope with the impact of Covid-19, adopting architectures that promise fault isolation, scalability, code management, continuous development, and continuous and others are paramount.
Some of the modern architectures gaining ground include micro frontends, serverless, microservices, and more. Depending on the project and business requirements, any modern software architecture could be used in building a robust development basis.
2. More Use Cases in Transformational Technologies:
Several technologies evolved with time, allowing organizations to offer to customers out-of-the-box solutions. Transformation techs, like Blockchain, IoT, AI, and robotic process automation have begun finding practical uses instances as well in mobile solutions.
Blockchain, IoT, as well as other automation technologies are utilized in mobile applications to boost functionality. As the potential of these technologies is being realized by businesses, there would be more apps based on them.
3. Cloud Adoption Stays Mainstream:
Nowadays, the watchwords are continuity of business, high availability, accessibility, and disaster recovery. The one-stop solution to these requirements is cloud adoption. Cloud services help incapacity planning, optimizing costs, provide high availability of disaster recovery tools and services, compliance adherence, resource use, and cost optimization with pay-as-you-go models.
Organizations could move from on-premise infrastructure into the cloud to avail of the benefits that the Cloud offers. There are also new development projects that could only be crafted with the use of the cloud infrastructure. The solutions, named cloud-native apps frees the operations team from manually managing infrastructure resources.
4. Outsourcing Software holds Significant Value:
There are so many reasons for software outsourcing to boom during and after the Coronavirus pandemic. One is the new product ideas that would hit different individuals and enterprises. To execute them, most would look around for a tech partner to take the idea into implementation.
There are obvious benefits to outsourcing, among which is optimizing costs. The expense of hiring a team or adding members to it is considerably lower than setting up an entire development team. A company could hire a team with different skill sets.
Depending on the scope and requirements of the software project, any outsourcing model, like product outsourcing or team augmentation could opt.
5. New Development Approaches at the Forefront:
There’s a paradigm shift in the way software apps are developed with time. The methods, tools, programming languages and approaches used have changed considerably. For instance, development methodologies have evolved from the waterfall, to agile and to DevOps.
The development approach advancements bring a change in the software app’s performance, development, testing, team management, time-to-market, and more. In the same way, now infrastructure management modes are introduced, which enables optimized app development cost, helps in capacity planning upfront, security and compliance assurance, and more.
The software delivery and consumption management in a cloud computing scenario, or known as CloudOps is escalating in the software development space. Furthermore, new development approaches, like developing User Interface with reusable components and bringing architecture modularity are adopted to bring overall enhancement in the development and delivery of an app.
Dealing with the Lack of Social Interactions in a Remote Development Process
The Agile approach puts emphasis on the relevance of colocation, to boost team efficiency and communication improvement. When a team sits together, you get to hear what’s happening in the room and overhear other’s discussions. All these help the development team to understand and integrate towards a common goal.
In the current pandemic, however, everything is different. The majority of the development work is now entirely remote, and every member of the team works separately. This is not likely to change soon, as uncertainty continues all throughout the world. The time could be months and even years ahead. The key here is to be able to keep the development team together.
Keeping the Remote Development Team together
Amidst the uncertainty that Covid-19 brings, there are a few suggestions on how to keep the software app development team integrated while doing 100 percent remote work.
• Encourage more interaction. The daily standup is normally the only meeting during the day, in which every member of the team listens to the rest. The development team should be motivated to do as many activities as possible to maintain a working together spirit.
• Do check-up calls. The situation is difficult for everyone. Scheduling one-on-one calls are important not just to be updated about the progress of the project, but to ask others how is it going, and make some small-talk. Using a camera whenever possible is the best use scenario to add a personal touch to meetings.
• Structure a ‘virtual office’. The kitchen tends to be the center of the office’s social life. People gather here while eating breakfast or lunch, make coffee, and so on. That kitchen office is of course gone now. Nevertheless, we can build a ‘virtual kitchen’, which serves as a permanent conference where members could connect and socialize.
• Online events scheduling. Ceremonies are not only to organize the way people work. The social aspects of these ceremonies are equally important. Meetings that are more accessible could be a game-changer. Consider a town hall with a beer wherein company matters are discussed, but less formally, with a beer. This of course should be organized at the end of the day and not promote working-hours drinking.
Working towards the light at the end of the Tunnel
Now, the majority of the work likely would be focused on stability maintenance and introduce maximizing the cost-savings. Keep in mind however that in a few months or so, the market would gradually try to bounce back, and it is always a good idea to seize the occasion to be ahead of the game.
First, it’s important to make an evaluation of the things we’re working on before the pandemic begun. Perhaps a few of them are near the finish line and could be finalized easily. Aside from that, we should take into account the type of functional changes that could provide our advantage over the competition.
As the market changes, prospective ideas in business should also be adjusted. Perhaps we could devote some percentage of the development power to those as well.
The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the relevance of being digitally-ready, which enables life and business to as much as possible continue as usual. Building the infrastructure necessary to stay current in the latest technology and support for a digitized world would be paramount for any organization or country to stay on a competitive edge in a post-COVID-19 environment, and take an inclusive approach and human-centeredness to tech governance.
As pointed out by BCC an estimate of 200 million people would lose their jobs because of the pandemic. Moreover, the financial burden will befall the most vulnerable in society. Pandemics and digitization have accelerated the changes in human job availability.
The concern across all countries and industries that deserve attention as well as a timely human-centric solution is in mitigating the impact on the bigger workforce as well as the most vulnerable.
To Sum Up
The Covid-19 pandemic shuts down businesses worldwide but also has employees clambering to work from their homes. Moreover, it’s driving the accelerated adoption of technology.
As people all over the world are adapting to the new modes of life, start-up companies that allow us to work, shop, study, and interact in a virtual setting have escalated to become the mainstream adoption. The key technologies that gradually have been in importance for years and now have become essential are the driving forces of these companies.
Despite the economic disruption and the uncertainty in the world today, we could not deny the benefits of a scalable, versatile software app during and after this crisis, together with some of the best approaches in software engineering and development. We continue to hope for the crisis to end soon and make full use of the software engineering trends and patterns to simplify and make business processes more effective.