Trends that will change software development in 2021


2020 will always be remembered for all the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, for the sad loss of human life, for the enormous restrictions on mobility it imposed on the entire planet and for the profound impact it had on the global economy. . But also, among all the bad things, it will be a year of digital breakdown, in which organizations discovered all the potential that technology and software development had to carry out tasks faster, more productively and at a lower cost.

With this outlook, 2021 will be the year in which many of these emerging technologies – and that have existed for several years – will continue their definitive consolidation process.

In this regard, we see four major trends that will transform business and personal software development in the coming year. These will be increasingly key for the creation of solutions that respond to market expectations, in terms of flexibility and speed in their integration.

Artificial Intelligence will help automate DevOps

The development of software and applications powered by Artificial Intelligence will increase the following year. Many aspects of Development Operations (DevOps) can be automated and, over time, more efficient by using AI capabilities. Some of the key areas we expect to see significant growth:

  1. AI-assisted development, including suggestions for entities and workflows
  2. Data modeling and auditing
  3. Data cleaning and integrity maintenance
  4. Search for functionalities in an ecosystem of applications with
  5. Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  6. Automated test suite focused on data security and privacy Intelligent data extraction and processing using predesigned operations, forecasting services, and forecasting tools
  7. Management and optimization of processes


Data privacy will play a more important role

Data privacy concerns will also affect software development in 2021. With recent approvals from the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Data Care Act of the United States Senate or more specific cases such as the General Cybersecurity Law in Mexico, the regulation of privacy is increasing.

Developers are concerned about the privacy of their users and their own applications, but they will have to be aware of the new privacy policies for the services they offer next year. Increased regulation will change the types of relationships that various technology companies currently use with their clients.

In addition, telecommuting increases data privacy and security risks, especially in highly regulated industries so cloud data access control and authentication forms will play a critical role in mitigating those. risks.

Changes in the business landscape will increase low code adoption

The market for low code application development (Low Codes) has grown steadily in recent years. However, in 2021 the adoption of this language will accelerate precipitously due to changes in business conditions. Over the past eight months and counting, companies have restructured their businesses and sought new growth strategies, in part because the workforce is more distributed than ever.

Increasing demand for process digitization leads to a huge backlog of application development requests, making the ability to respond to market demands slow. Now more than ever, organizations must be agile, which is not easy in a traditional application development setup.

Good low-code platforms strike a balance between abstraction and control, which makes choosing the right option so important. They allow business developers to build and update applications (adding functionality or workflows) more quickly, without compromising quality, complexity, or scale. For this reason, low-code application development will skyrocket next year in areas such as mass production, logistics, education, and professional services, where the contribution of custom processes as a differentiator is greater compared to other verticals.

Cloud solutions for efficiency

In 2021, physical server solutions will continue to be a key aspect of development. However, cloud solutions will continue to experience growth beyond the established storage model. This is not to say that servers will not grow, only that their growth could be slower than that of cloud solutions.

The servers will work well for complex, large-scale, and long-lasting applications that are critical to business and need constant attention and support. They can also be a perfect ally in the modernization of existing systems. On the other hand, cloud technology gives developers elasticity or dynamic scaling, in such a way that resources can be increased or decreased based on demand. This leads to cost savings, and will be a primary motivator for the adoption of physical serverless technology in the coming year. The key consideration here is speed of development and cost of maintenance.

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