Once upon a time, when personal computing was the latest tech fad and the world wide web was no more than a military technology cordoned off from the public, trends in the world of computer science were often slow to catch up and did not go out of scope for ages. Right now, with all this and much more occupying the center stage, new technologies go obsolete as soon as they are invented, leaving lots of programmers and engineers pursuing something that has lost its scope already.

Therefore, it becomes important to gauge existing trends and predict those that will not lose their relevance in the near future. Here, we have listed seven software domains that are here to stay and will make the transition to 2019:

1. Artificial Intelligence(AI)

Making machines think like humans, is one thing that has always been mankind’s dream. With the advent of artificial intelligence, this dream has become a reality, paving way for groundbreaking innovations that promise to disrupt our future as we see it today. Subdomains like natural language processing (NLP) have become the need of the hour in the AI industry. Bots that can fix an appointment for you over a phone, robots holding citizenship in world nations, IoT networks that can track your health in real-time and predict illnesses before they become too serious: who would have thought, even a decade ago, that all this stuff could exist outside of a sci-fi novel?

Even after making enormous progress, this domain shows no signs of slowing down, making it a top contender among technologies that will rule 2019.

2. Blockchain

Blockchain’s growth since 2008, when it was first introduced to the world by Satoshi Nakamoto, has been incredible. But after cryptocurrency came into the picture, there’s simply no stopping it. Amidst the exciting and ever-changing world of bitcoins, dApps and smart contracts, other blockchain-based applications and solutions are being pursued by an exponentially growing number of individuals and startups. Be it law, healthcare or supply-chain management, blockchain technologies promise to provide value addition to every traditional domain. This is why many conventional and established institutions are showing some form of interest or the other in this field. So maybe you should, too.

3. Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Ethics

In a world where your internet search engine knows everything about you, privacy has become more of an illusion. This situation has raised serious ethical questions, especially as to the possible scenario in which your personal information gets leaked to malicious groups leading to security breaches and other twenty-first century nightmares. Reinforcing and reinventing cybersecurity measures is an approach that is going to get a lot of attention over the coming year.

4. Low Code Development

Have you always wanted to create software applications on your own, but rue the fact that you are not adept in programming? Well then, low code development platforms are here to help you realize your dream. Requiring almost no experience in coding, this technology can be constructively put to use by professionals to create attractive and easy-to-use apps for their firms. Many platforms such as Appian, PowerApps, Google App Maker and Salesforce App Cloud are assisting users in low code development. In a 2016 research by Forrester, the firm estimated that the total market for these platforms will grow to $15.5 billion by the year 2020.

5. Progressive Web Apps

The tech users of today are more comfortable with the UX offered by mobile apps than any other kind of interface. Enter PWAs, or progressive web apps, which are web pages that are similar in function and appearance to traditional apps. With the features of modern web browsers and the functionality of native mobile apps all rolled into one, these PWAs are easier to develop and maintain, when compared to conventional web pages. The added benefit is that these applications have a relatively higher ease of use, prompting many companies to create PWAs for their businesses. Tech giant Google has already invested considerable time and effort in this technology, so it is safe to assume that PWAs are almost certainly going to go big in 2019.

6. Mixed Reality

Gone are the days when VR was the hottest technology in the block; mixed reality has become the golden buzzword now. With immense potential in marketing, entertainment, and education, MR is a mix of both augmented reality and augmented virtuality, held together by immersive technology. Sounds complex? Let me break that down for you. Mixed reality merges the real world and the virtual one in order to create a hybrid set in which objects from both the environments can interact and coexist with each other. For example, an interior decorator may create an application that allows users to customize the flooring, wall colors, and fixtures virtually and view the result before actually going about in redesigning the house. The consequences and appeal of this piece of tech are far-reaching and enormous; the next year is expected to see a lot of growth in the same.

7. Internet of Things(IoT)

And of course, no list is complete without mentioning IoT. Except that now, IoT has spawned half a dozen other concepts like the Internet of Services, Internet of Everything and the Internet of Robotic Things, all of which are as competent and novel as the parent technology. This is a perfect example of how a certain technology lives on through the offsets that it produces, even after it is long gone. Not that IoT is seeing a decline anytime soon, anyway.

While predictions on future tech trends are definitely a great place to start with, the beauty of the software domain is how quickly the tables can turn around and usher the unprecedented growth of hitherto unknown ideas and technologies. Hence, it is mandatory to do your own research before preparing to ride any trend in the software world. Contact us to know more… Good luck!