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As software eats the world, the demand for skilled developers is on the increase, but it takes more than code alone to get ahead. Software’s rapid development means far greater responsibilities for software engineers. Staying focused on the future and what’s hot and happening right now, can help you fast track your career.

We’ve highlighted the trends that may just be the next big thing.

Some may agree or disagree, but that’s what makes software developing so exciting; it’s evolving at breakneck speed driven by the need to make things simpler, faster and more efficient. It’s all about immediate improvement and instant progress.

AGILE is in

For more than a decade, AGILE has remained one of the primary software development tools used by most software companies. 80% of them rely on AGILE to provide business solutions. Agile is another way of managing IT development teams and projects. It’s getting popular day-by-day with its proven simplicity, efficiency, and results.

Software engineers used AGILE to collaborate on projects, debug issues, continue testing, and the integration of new features. In addition AGILE is composed of various software development methodologies that are incorporated as one.

Evolution of Automation

This will be one of the biggest challenges in software development. The changes will be centered on heuristic design rather than sticking up with scripting. Only a few software development companies have the resources for developing heuristic automation. Shifting to this new trend will benefit developers as much as companies and their consumers.

Internet of Things (IoT) Explosion

 The rapid growth of IoT development is a mega trend where we can expect to witness the evolution of machine-to-machine interaction. Before the year ends, IoT business solutions will reach a whopping $6 trillion dollars. This will see the demand for skilled programmers triple. Learning the latest development tools will empower you to join this revolution.

IoT devices are expected to triple by 2020. Data insights show that they could reach a total of 34 billion devices. 24 billion will be from IoTs devices, while the remaining 10 billion will be accounted from traditional computers, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches and so on. Over the next 5 years, $7 trillion is expected to be used for IoT development.

Most IoT investments will be centered on the analytic system, which is divided into two elements, cloud analytics and edge analytics. Looming security challenges are ahead with developers providing solutions for big issues.

Big Data gets bigger

It doesn’t matter how much data you have. It’s what you do with it that counts. Big data analysis is providing businesses with valuable insights that focus strategic planning and better decision-making.

Data analysis has shown its worth in all sectors, rapidly integrating into everything from health, politics, police, public service, to businesses in every market.

Today, huge amounts of data are collected for profit. Tech companies will continue to develop data mining procedures so they can speed up the collection of data. Data collecting and mining will be one of the top business assets to acquire.

Programmers that are skilled with Hbase, Hadoop, NoSQL, Cassandra, Storm/Spark and other related languages will be highly valued by software development companies. In addition, it gives you an advantage if you choose to go with data professionals. Most companies process large data sets using Python, Java and Scala so knowing these languages is pertinent.

 Smartphones are taking over

 Most people prefer to use their mobile phones to surf the Internet than their computers. It’s one of the many reasons driving the high demand for developers on Android and iOS platforms.  Businesses are changing their strategies on consumer targeting and will be looking to bring talented mobile developers in house.

User Interface Engineers

Front-end and back-end are equally important when it comes to software development. Companies will need to hire developers that specialize in creating intuitive consumer friendly web and mobile applications. In addition, coding teams will now include a user interface engineer who works alongside the UI designers to create a seamless experience for end users.

If you want to be one of the UI engineers, you should consider learning programming languages such as Javascript, the MVC framework, backbone.js, Angular.js, Ember.js and others that are related to this kind of job.

Where to from here?

 While these are just a snap shot of some of the big trends taking place in software development, as technology advances at the speed of light, new trends are appearing all the time. Staying up to date with what’s hot and happening is part and parcel of driving your career in the right direction. It also keeps you moving ahead and gives you a good idea of the skills you need to stay on top and do a top job.

Wherever this exciting space is headed, e-Merge is there for the ride. If you’re explore the next part of your career adventure, send your CV to us today. Good people get good jobs.