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4 software development trends you don’t want to miss:

2018 is a year that is seeing software products and tools around innovative technologies such as blockchain, machine learning, AI, VR and chatbots gradually maturing for real-world projects. As a software developer, you are now required to deliver code and functionality faster without compromising quality while also seize opportunities arising out of these new technologies entering mainstream development landscape.

If you are yet to get a grip, Future Focus we are presenting you with top 4 software development trends that should already be in your to- be-explored list:

1. Blockchain acceptance in the business world

Blockchain is evolving from a digital currency infrastructure into a key platform for digital transformation.

For those who are yet to catchup, Wiki puts it as “A continuously growing list of records called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp and transaction data by design, a blockchain is inherently resistant to modification of the data. It is “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way”.

In future, many predict that this disruptive innovation will be the next BIG thing happening to businesses enabling efficient, secure, immutable, trusted transactions among companies that don’t trust each other, eliminating intermediaries.

2. Chatbots are getting more intelligent and they are here to stay

As companies focus on delivering compelling personalized experiences to their audiences, Chatbots are getting more intelligent day by day and are being deployed to handle both employee and customer queries by many brands across verticals. Naturally the technology surrounding chatbots like AI, Natural Language Processing systems are seeing heightened sophistications and transformations. Today, it is much easier and simpler to build your chatbot than a few years ago.

3. AI becomes the new UI

The buttons are slowly disappearing. Moving beyond a back-end tool, AI is now at the forefront, taking on more sophisticated and larger roles. Customers /users are increasingly finding it convenient to treat technology as equals so that they can simply talk, gesture and touch it rather than understanding them in detail to use it. Here’s where AI is already playing a huge role. It is making every interface both smart and simple, setting new benchmarks for future experiences.

4. IoT gets bigger and better

In a recent report on IoT, Forrester Research predicts that IoT will become the backbone of future customer value: the IoT infrastructure will shift to the edge and to specialized IoT platforms, developers will have a significant impact on platforms and initiatives, and security will remain a key concern.

Internet and its exponential usage has made many things possible and the next big advancement will be IoT (Internet of Things). Not only computers, mobiles, laptops will be connected via internet, but a whole lot of smart devices are ready to take the Internet plunge. Starting from large machineries to simple home appliances everything will become smart, getting connected with each other and exchanging data more than one can fathom in the future! Connectivity for everyone, everything and everywhere means huge impact on how individuals, businesses and governments interact with the world.

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