The disruption brought by Covid-19 has made room for some highly sought-after tech trends and this will certainly impact the decisions of industry leaders. If you’ve taken a look at our last blog article, you have probably already embraced some of the top IT trends of 2022. Yet, as a business leader or tech nerd, you should be no stranger to the fact that the IT industry is bigger than just tech trends. Indeed, the success of businesses has a lot to do with the people and organizations themselves.
Remote work, AI, big data, data analytics, chatbots, voice recognition, low code, and IoT are a few of the trends that will continue to impact the performance of businesses notably software development houses. Since a lot of businesses are struggling with recruiting software engineers with cutting-edge capabilities like machine learning or artificial intelligence, nearshoring is likely to gain popularity in 2022. Keeping in mind some of our top tech industry predictions can help your business innovate and cut costs.
The rapid change caused by the pandemic and the need for high-quality user experience has allowed multiple organizations to adopt emerging technologies, upgrade their services and come up with better work and business solutions. Let’s take a look at some of our 7 top predictions for 2022!
Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML)
Although AI has been around since 1952, its ubiquity has only been felt in the past few years. AI is one of the latest technologies that is likely to shape software development in 2022 and the next years. An awareness of AI can prepare companies to adopt more effective tools to upgrade their processes and way of work.
AI tools can boost development processes through automation which allows software engineers to optimize their productivity as they can use bots or small pieces of software that conduct repetitive tasks. Automation is set to speed up business processes and improve team productivity through knowledge documentation and the minimization of low-cognitive demand tasks.
Machine learning (ML) and AI together will both be popular in mobile application development. As they can help businesses to achieve quicker and more accurate results. ML understands computer algorithms and automatically upgrades them through the use of data and experience. Together with AI, they can learn the procedures from previous data, or identify issues and even troubleshoot them in real-time. In other words, ML will enable businesses to improve their logistics through efficiency at every step of the user journey from shipping to the sales process.
Robotic Process Automation(RPA)
Since we already talked about automation, let’s move to robotic process automation, Gartner defines RPA tools as assets that perform ‘if, then, else statements on structure data, typically using a combo of UI interactions or by connecting to APIs to drive client servers, mainframes or HTML code.
In other words, RPA is another technology that can be used to automate tasks. It is widely used in processes for application interpretation or transactions. RPA is known for managing emails, attachments, and even calendar processes using email automation. RPA is odds-on to remain popular this year as it allows IT and business users to automate a lot of processes without the need to write any code.
Voice innovation is set to shape businesses and their interaction with customers. Voice search is ideal for customers as it allows a hands-free experience which explains its popularity in the music industry.
It might sound complicated but think of in-built voice assistants on your phones or smart speaker devices such as Amazon Alexa or Siri- AI with which you can interact and command so that they trigger a web search and provide results to your request. Not so complicated, right?
In 2019 it was estimated that 111.8million people in the US would use a voice assistant monthly which makes up for 39.4% of the total number of internet users. Currently, voice user interface (VUI) is being utilized in UI planning- it combines voice identification with predictive AI which allows users to have richer and more personalized experiences which are vital to client satisfaction in today’s competitive IT landscape.
Big data is going to be B-I-G in 2022. It refers to large volumes of structured and unstructured data in a specific domain that plays a critical role in business operations. These data typically include sales, purchases, logistics, customer details amongst others. More than 90% of businesses planned to adopt the big data concept in 2018.
Google is famously known for its use of Big Data. As more businesses shift online, there is the need for customers to experience better service and for businesses to optimize their operations. Big Data can help with identifying patterns and trends. Some common uses of Big Data are:
- Identifying new leads
- For personalized marketing
- For optimizing tools
- Identifying consumer shopping habits
Big data can provide businesses with insights that can provide a significant competitive advantage if they put the right operations into effect or innovate their operations according to user requirements.
DevOps Landscape (CI/CD)
Continuous integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) have allowed businesses to create innovative processes to facilitate the release of up-to-date product versions more rapidly. Thus, issues can be identified and fixed at the earliest according to customer requirements.
For any software development team that seeks to create high-quality products in less time, CI/CD must be an integral part of any project. For instance, a CI/CD pipeline can get your application code from the source into production and ensure that your software is systematically tested and deployed. When working on projects that require regular revisions and rapid product release, it is necessary to work with teams that know how to effectively set up CI/CD pipelines.
More about why you should adopt CI/CD and how it will affect customer experience here.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Let’s talk about IoT! IoT has been all over the internet since last year. But what exactly is IoT? It is the interconnection between our everyday devices that is set to transform the way we live. IoT Agenda defines it as ”a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals, or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs)with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human intervention”.
What will it mean for us, humans? Simply that we will be able to do things through simple sync processes on our phone, for instance, switching on/ off a device while leaving home.
IoT is believed to be a major game-changer in the mobile app development industry. The number of deployed IoT devices is expected to double in the next ten years. Businesses investing in IoT software development are likely to reap most of their benefits as it is still a relatively novel field.
Cloud technology is said to have a lot of potential. It began as a hosting service and is undoubtedly one of the most reliable platforms to store and access data securely and quickly. Yet, cloud technology has not fully entered the mobile app development landscape.
The ability to run cloud-integrated apps directly on the cloud makes this technology unique. This means that users do not have to fret about their phones crashing while utilizing these apps. Cloud technology will benefit both users and app developers. Early adoption of this trend will allow software houses to develop apps quickly and cut costs.
Key takeaways for Digital Transformation in 2022:
The success of any company in 2022 will largely depend on the tools utilized. Business leaders are likely to consider nearshoring or outsourcing as they need to keep up with innovative trends while being an eye on their budget.
Among other industry trends that will acquire momentum in 2022 are:
- Natural Language Processing
2022 will see some other IT predictions. IDC has a longer list of predictions which can be read here. Teaming up with software development houses that have already started utilizing AI in project management or automation to increase efficiency is vital for business growth. With project outsourcing on the rise, project managers need to use automation and ML to make data-driven decisions on acquired insights.
With the Covid-19 situation that seems to be spanning for years, we will see businesses adopt digital trends such as Machine Learning or Voice technology to help bridge the gap between local and nearshore teams. By leveraging AI, project execution will be simplified. AI also makes it easy for nearshoring teams to connect with their clients. Teams that demonstrate agility and other soft skills such as communication and transparency along with technical skills are likely to be the most lucrative in 2022 and beyond.
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