Watch Out for These Software Trends in 2017 (Part 1)

Last year, we identified six project management trends to put on the radar in 2016 based on the changes that have been happening in the way organizations manage their projects. We have also been seeing an increase in demand for flexible software tools, as well as social software to facilitate this evolution and change in workplaces.

Software development will be moving faster and seeing more changes than before in 2017 as the workplace continues to evolve this year and beyond because…

Change is continuous

According to Gartner’s report on the future of social software in the workplace, it is predicted that 30% of organizations will rely on graph-based applications that enable self-organized teams to manage non-routine collaborative work by 2018. By 2020, 30% of meetings will be facilitated by virtual concierges and advanced analytics.

#1 Chat as collaboration tools

In the early 2000s, ChatOps were still social tools to maintain social connections with friends and family (yes, think MSN Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, etc).

Not anymore.

2016 was the year of chatbots. Today, organizations are adopting ChatOps (think Slack, HipChat, Microsoft Teams, etc) to facilitate collaboration within teams in the organization as the workplace becomes more agile, fluid, and distributed.

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As we begin to see more and more integrations with existing ChatOps, it is hard to deny that ChatOps might indeed represent the future of collaboration. Despite contrasting arguments stating that the chatbot hype will begin to subside in 2017 (especially across the enterprise mobility landscape), Micha “Mies” Hernandez van Leuffen, founder and CEO of Wercker, said in this article:

Some of the most vocal adopters have been developers, who are increasingly using Slack to collaborate. We think ChatOps represents the future of collaboration in developer teams.

The possibilities of implementing ChatOps at work are endless–whether it is to share best work practices, codes, virtual standups, time tracking, collaborating with team members in different timezones and locations, or more.

#2 Mobile application development

ChatOps is not the only thing that is evolving in the workplace, mobile is changing the way we work too. Going mobile provides more flexibility and quicker communication, on the go. Mobile apps such as Asana, Slack, HipChat, and more are becoming increasingly important in businesses, as work mobility becomes more and more important in today’s workforce.

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Mobile apps are becoming a big part of social and collaboration software at work.

Whether it is to increase collaboration and productivity within teams or to shorten response and delivery time to increase customer satisfaction, businesses are expected to leverage mobile apps for optimal performance and growth.

That can only mean that the mobile application development is going to continue undergoing a tremendous shift in direction to meet various needs–speed, direct access to content, security, tracking on the go, planning, you name it.

Mobile app development will also continue to happen significantly under cloud-based technology, which brings us to the next point.

#3 More and more organizations are moving to the cloud

Cloud technology allows for better development and delivery process. With this technology, it is becoming easier to build apps and integrations that can be used on multiple devices with the same features and content.

It is predicted that there will be a tremendous increase in the number of organizations, from small businesses to enterprises, moving to the cloud in 2017.

Here are five main benefits of the cloud and why businesses are moving towards it:

  • Accessible from virtually everywhere
  • Little to no maintenance
  • Limits financial commitment
  • Easier implementation
  • Reduces cost of power

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Due to the changes in the way organizations are using cloud, container orchestration could be our next best friend in software development.

Containers are expected to be met with favourable demands in 2017 as they allow for faster application deployment. According to Atlassian’s recent report, containers are among the newest trends in software development because they allow engineers to easily move programs between different environments.  

Moving forward…

Whether it’s ChatOps, DevOps, cloud, agile, waterfall, microservices, containers, serverless computing, and more, the tech industry is witnessing a fast shift from traditional environments.

As to which bandwagon to jump on in order to keep up with the trend and to leverage your teams’ strengths, it all depends on how fast the organization is willing to react and adapt to constant changes.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for part two!

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Serena Chan
Serena’s a writer by day and a dancer by night. When she is doing neither of those, she can be found doing a little bit of everything else from reading, designing, talking to the neighbor’s puppy, trying to fix her broken typewriter to failing miserably at latte art.

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