5 top modern applications trends that will impact software developers

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Today’s applications are more complex than those of yesterday. In fact, the very definition of a “modern application” continues to change with every new technological advancement.

To keep pace with the technology it will take to build the modern applications that will power tomorrow’s innovation, developers need a diverse set of tools, languages and frameworks.

In 2020, watch for these five trends that will influence application development in the coming year and beyond.

1. Digital Transformation Will Transform Itself
“Digital transformation” was the buzzword of 2019, but we’ll see the phrase become less ambiguous in 2020. Digital transformation will evolve to have a more specific meaning: a process for modernizing existing technology investments and delivering new applications/services. This level of modernization, which is already taking place in organizations across industries, will continue to be a priority in 2020.

2. Containers Will Pave the Way to New Application Trends
Containers, standard units of software that package up code and all its dependencies so that applications run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another, have become the de facto industry standard abstraction for defining, packaging, and deploying applications in recent years.

In 2020, as applications are becoming increasingly diverse, distributed, and multi-service, developer tooling and workflows will evolve from operating on individual containers to operating on multiple services of the application. Organizations will increasingly look for guidance and solutions that help them unify how they build and manage their entire application portfolio in every environment (on premise, hybrid/multi-cloud, edge, etc.).

3. A Container-First Strategy Will Prove Itself
Even though developers have long been proponents of containers, 2020 will mark the year that container-centric initiatives become the go-to approach on a larger scale, across enterprises and industries. We’ll see a huge shift toward establishing container-first strategies that are foundational to business transformation. This container-first approach will prove its immediate impact by providing a clear path to the cloud for all applications – COTS, custom, brownfield, and modern microservices – while reducing cost and risk.

4. The Developer Skills Gap Will Decrease in 2020
While software developer has been one of the hottest job roles in the past few years, the demand for new technologies and advanced skills has posed challenges. Today’s developer needs to keep up-to-date with emerging trends such as serverless apps and the latest open source tools. In order to address the new wave of modern applications, developers will need the freedom to choose their own tools, the flexibility to quickly try new technologies, and the ability to deploy their applications anywhere, independent of the underlying infrastructure.

While the demand for developers will still outweigh supply in 2020, the key to closing the skills gap will be an opinionated, guided developer experience, built on a foundation of flexibility, decision-making power, and challenge through problem solving.

5. Existing Code and Apps Will Become New Again
Developers will find new ways to reuse existing code instead of reinventing the wheel to start from scratch, embracing the “develop once, run anywhere” philosophy. Additionally, we’ll see companies extend the value to existing apps by adding more functionality via microservices.

This approach offers several benefits, including the ability to scale individual microservices, keep the codebase easier to understand and test, and enable the use of different programming languages, databases, and other tools for each microservice.

Application development has changed tremendously in the past few years alone, especially with the growth in containerized, microservices-based applications. In 2020, the number of applications and data will continue to accelerate. It’s an exciting time for developers and the future ahead of us is incredibly bright.

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