Trends And Innovations In Custom Software Development For Businesses

Custom software development can be daunting. From gathering specifications to actual coding, testing, and documentation, the amount of work involved is why most bespoke applications cost huge upfront investments compared to their mass-produced cousins. 

However, over the past couple of years, the software industry has undergone some changes that are presently making custom-tailored software as ubiquitous as off-the-shelf ones. From changes to development approaches to the availability of new and interesting technology stacks and more. The effect these developments bring have compounded to make custom-developed software a go-to choice when thinking of enhancing your business with a software application and as such in this article, we will explore these changes to see how they affect your outcome and desire for a tailored solution whenever you choose to outsource your custom software project. 

The Microservices Architecture Era

Perhaps the biggest change in the software industry over the past years is the increasing adoption of microservice patterns for building fault-tolerant and secure applications. Their modularity and plug-and-play characteristics have made them the default option for building expandible and efficient software.  

This approach to building software empowers developers to partition applications into compact, modular services that can be built more cheaply, and seamlessly deployed and managed. 

The popularity of this paradigm is instrumental in enhancing business efficiency and scalability and it is why their adoption has continued to surge In the software development realm amongst agencies eager to help their client cost-effectively build and expand. 

Trends And Innovations In Custom Software

JRebel 2021 survey reports increasing microservice architecture popularity. 

As an example, in a 2021 survey report released by JRebel, the publication noted that “ microservices adoption is not far from mind for many developers.” and that nearly 66% of respondents to its survey are either working with or actively transitioning clients’ applications to microservices architecture. The publication noted that it represented an increase from last year where 63% of its respondents say they’re working with or actively talking about building or transitioning client software into a microservice pattern. 

It’s common knowledge in the developer world that it is expensive to transition application architecture thus this could be a contributing factor driving the continued adoption of the approach amongst its other benefits. This is why we often recommend building out your custom software application as a service model for a business owner seeking to outsource your software project. 

Rapid Development With Low Code & Agile

Another trend in the software industry that is increasingly influencing the cost of custom software development is the sharp adoption of low-code tooling.  

You may be wondering: “What is low code?”

Well, low code is a software development approach that emphasizes visual development and allows for the dragging and dropping of prebuilt functionality modules to create fully functional custom enterprise applications quickly. 

What is impressive about low code is how it significantly reduces development time and effort while allowing for faster delivery of applications and a quicker response to market changes for business owners. 

According to Gartner, the global market for low-code development technologies is expected to continue to increase, reaching USD 15 billion from USD 13.8 billion, in 2021. The publication also anticipates that over 50% of medium to large companies will adopt a low-code application platform by the turn of the decade. 

Aside from low code, there are also efforts and innovations around coding tools and development approaches such as agile that seek to introduce simplicity and eliminate unwanted complexity in software development. When the coding phase is significantly shortened together with incorporating other software development principles, agencies could design and develop robust and quality software for clients more cheaply than they presently do.

Rapid Deployment And DevOps 

Along with rapid development with low code and other newer tech innovations imparting how custom softwares are developed like automated testing and continuous integration tools comes rapid deployment. 

As the world moves towards an increasing population of heavy internet-reliant and technically passionate populace, rapid deployment has become extremely crucial for businesses that want to stay ahead of new threats and vulnerabilities and take advantage of real-time business data to gain a competitive advantage. 

To prepare for this future, over the past years, cloud and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers have invested heavily in developing tools and platforms to facilitate rapid deployment and streamline the application deployment process.

DevOps practices encourage development teams to automate the testing, integration, deployment, and monitoring processes, leading to faster delivery of software and greater agility in responding to changes and customer feedback.

Additionally, the rise of containerization technologies like Docker and orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes has revolutionized how applications are deployed and managed.

Containers enable developers to package applications and their dependencies into portable units that can run consistently across different environments, from development to production. Kubernetes, on the other hand, provides powerful tools for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications, making it easier to achieve continuous delivery and deployment.

The Internet Of Things & Big Data

Last, on the list of trends in software development we will examine today is also the most exciting. 

The Internet of Things describes the possibility of a world where all connectible physical objects are connected to the Internet and the excitement and possibility that it could potentially spur for every person and business alike. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a transformative shift in how we interact with the world around us. By connecting everyday objects to the internet and enabling them to collect and exchange data, IoT has the potential to revolutionize various industries, from manufacturing and healthcare to transportation and agriculture.

One of the key challenges in leveraging IoT technology is managing and analyzing the vast amounts of data generated by connected devices. This is where big data comes into play. Big data refers to the collection, storage, and analysis of large and complex data sets that traditional data processing applications cannot handle.

For businesses, the combination of IoT and big data offers unprecedented opportunities to gain valuable insights, optimize operations, and improve decision-making. For example, in manufacturing, IoT sensors embedded in machinery can provide real-time data on equipment performance, enabling predictive maintenance and reducing downtime. In healthcare, wearable devices can monitor patients’ vital signs and send alerts to healthcare providers in case of abnormalities, leading to early intervention and better patient outcomes.

As you can see the convergence of IoT and big data presents exciting opportunities for innovation and disruption across industries.

Smart businesses have started to invest in IoT technologies and leveraging big data analytics and custom software development is playing a critical role in unlocking the full potential of these transformative technologies. 

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, the convergence of microservices architecture, low-code development, and DevOps practices is reshaping the landscape of custom software development. Businesses are now able to build, deploy, and scale software applications more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. As these trends continue to evolve, we can expect to see even greater innovation and transformation in how software is developed and delivered, ultimately driving business growth and competitiveness in the digital age.

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I hope that you find this article a valuable insight for your custom software development endeavors. 

Additionally, In case you are on the lookout for a software agency for your project, we would like for you to reach out to us.

At Alabama Solutions, we are a trusted partner for businesses seeking cutting-edge software solutions and a leader in application development for the financial technologies and e-gaming industries where we recently commissioned Uruguay’s largest e-gaming and payment collection Platforms. 

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