As technology continues to evolve more and more, it is finding its way into virtually all aspects of our lives. Whether it is a new app that can be downloaded to your smartphone or a new way to make automobiles even less dependent on a driver, the fact is software development is moving ahead by leaps and bounds. But as many people look to the future, numerous questions are being asked as to how application software will be used in our personal and professional lives. If you find yourself asking the same questions, here are some details about what many experts believe the future holds for application software.
As online security becomes a greater concern to all companies, most will look to have additional aspects of security integrated into their application software. To do so, high-quality code will be required, and most experts agree developers will need to learn to write it even faster than they do now. In part, this will be due to company’s wanting to make a stronger connection between their brand and the type of code they produce.
Real-time Data Processing
Along with greater security, application software will also move more toward real-time data processing. With streaming applications becoming all the rage with consumers, companies will want to invest heavily in new ways to increase streaming applications and make them run faster. By doing so, they expect to be able to reduce the manpower needed to make this happen, leading to greater cost-efficiency for the company.
As many businesses and consumers have moved to cloud-based technology, the result has been a greater emphasis on improving developer productivity. Because of this, companies will focus on not only developers, but also data scientists, analysts, and engineers, all of whom will play a key role in continuing advances with application software. This will lead to cloud vendors, such as AWS, being able to focus more on data visualization, opening the door to expanded application opportunities in virtually all industries.
If there is one area where application software is projected to have a big impact within the next decade, it is with autonomous cars. As more and more auto manufacturers begin investing in technology that leads to the production of autonomous cars, application software will lead to major innovations. In the not-too-distant future, it is expected Apple and Google will both begin autonomous car programs, aimed at competing with major auto manufacturers as well as Uber. When this happens, competition between companies will be intense, and will also have them opening up their wallets to attract the best and brightest developers to write code for these programs.
While humans haven’t yet developed artificial intelligence that can completely replace the need for human logic and reasoning, that day is much closer than many people realize. As a result, application software will continue to be used extensively in this area. With current technology being where it is, most companies will focus their efforts on developing application software that will allow artificial intelligence to use machine learning technology. When this happens, the technology can then be used to assist companies in analyzing massive amounts of data simultaneously, helping in a decision-making process that would otherwise prove impossible.
Workflows and Operational Blueprints
Since companies are always looking for ways to become more efficient, most tech experts predict application software will be used to create better workflows and operational blueprints for businesses. Specifically, the software can be designed to help companies use methods that have worked in the past to make current operations much more efficient. By doing so, the application software will in essence eliminate the need for trial and error, leading to cost-efficient and effective operations.
The Cashless Society
Perhaps more than any other area, application software is expected to play a major role in the continuing move toward a completely cashless society. As consumers shift more and more to a digital world where all financial transactions are conducted electronically, banks, insurance companies, and other related companies and institutions will continue to develop technology allowing for more digital transactions to occur. Because of this, banks and other companies will need to rely less and less on physical infrastructures, allowing them to invest more in digital technology rather than brick and mortar buildings.
With developers coming up with more and more uses for technology in all aspects of our daily lives, there is little doubt the future of application software appears to be brighter than ever.
Caryl Anne Crowne is a contributing writer and media specialist for Allegra Network. She often produces content for a variety of software blogs.