Software Development Trends in 2022

Cloud services

The rate of expansion of cloud services in recent years is gigantic and there is no sign that it will slow down in the near future. All major providers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google are rapidly expanding their services characterized by increasing sophistication and capabilities. It is difficult to overestimate the number of tools that allow you to build applications that are designed from start to finish to run entirely in the cloud — both in stable and beta versions. Cloud solutions are definitely the number one trend in Poland. Currently, more than 68% of large and medium enterprises see the need to use the cloud as an integral part of business development, but only one in four Polish companies use these services. Unlimited flexibility of resources, significant financial savings, more efficient cooperation between team members (e.g. through easier access to documents) and security of stored data are the main advantages of business migration to the cloud. Polish companies should also be convinced by the fact that one of the leading providers of cloud solutions, Google, in April 2021 opened the Google Cloud Region in Warsaw, which is the largest investment of the IT giant in Poland so far. On the other hand, this year Microsoft will build several data centers near Warsaw, supporting Azure and Microsoft Office 365 solutions, which will be used by approximately 150,000 Polish IT specialists, Microsoft partners and students. All this information confirms the growing potential of the domestic market for cloud providers.

Data analysis

With the rapid growth of information media, the role of statisticians and data analysts, who are responsible not only for collecting information but also for processing it, is becoming increasingly important. The data analytics market is full of tools that are evolving at a rapid pace to keep up with the increasing amount of data collected by companies. Someone has to understand this data, process it, analyze it, draw conclusions, and make different models to implement later. This is made possible by data analytics in its broadest sense. All trends in 2022 related to Data Science leave no illusions about this matter. Data analysts are needed in all industries (including IT, marketing, banking, industry, education, medicine, or public administration) and the number of jobs is forecast to grow steadily in the coming years. Among the main factors that are becoming catalysts for the demand for data analytics solutions is the greater availability of services and solutions offered in the public cloud model, which is described above. This is also confirmed by the estimates of global analytics companies. When it comes to data analytics in terms of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the Future of Jobs survey found that 73% of companies will adopt machine learning by 2022. This confirms that data analytics is one of the top software development trends in 2022.

Cybersecurity

With the continuous development of digital transformation, the number of hacking attacks on users’ private data stored on both web and mobile applications is increasing. The famous story of the leak of 533 million Facebook users’ data in April 2021 clearly shows that cybersecurity is a global problem, and protecting the privacy of app users is a very complicated process.

  • No binary protection — 92%
  • Disclosure of sensitive data as a result of a side-channel attack — 69%
  • Unsecured data storage — 63%
  • No data encryption during transmission — 56%
  • Possibility of user-side injection attack — 40%
  • Putting passwords or keys permanently in code — 23%

Containerization

Another trend in IT in 2022 is the growing importance of containers and microservices. Their popularity is due to the fact that more and more projects require scalability, security and 24/7 availability. To give an idea of what containerization is, it is worth citing the example of the well-known streaming service Netflix. Every day millions of people around the world watch Netflix, and yet there are no technical problems with it. This is possible precisely because of the use of microservices. Breaking one platform into many microservices reduces the risk of stopping the whole system, increases its stability and allows to identify a new problem faster.

E-commerce i m-commerce

The Polish e-commerce market is constantly developing. According to the PwC report, “ Strategies for Winning. E-commerce leaders’ perspectives on digital commerce development”, online product sales have increased by 35% in just one year. One of the main reasons for the growing interest in online shopping is the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple lockdowns. A large increase in popularity is also seen in mobile commerce (m-commerce). Today, nearly 80% of people around the world own smartphones, and according to a report prepared by Deloitte, about one-third of consumers use their phones to shop. This shows that m-commerce is a clear trend in the IT industry in 2022. The growing importance of mobile commerce is therefore linked to the important role of mobile application developers.

Automation and artificial intelligence

The services market has undergone an incredible transformation in recent years thanks to the rise of artificial intelligence, which has taken hold in our homes and workplaces for good. Low-code solutions also fit into another trend regarding IT software development in 2022, namely the broader push towards hyper-automation. Applications developed on such platforms can cover practically everything — from workflow management to databases or automation of important processes.

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Summary

As the trends in IT in 2022 show, the world is moving mainly towards broad data analytics, cyber security, and automation of not only systems but also — everyday work and life. Cloud is also playing an increasingly important role, which of course is not a new phenomenon, but there is no indication that it will be stopped in the future. In addition, we can observe an increasing integration of development tools, but also the functions of the applications themselves with elements of artificial intelligence.

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Aga Babicz

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Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing