The world of technology is constantly changing, giving rise to one software trends and discarding others. For businessmen involved in IT and set to reach success on the profitable wave of modern technologies, it’s especially critical to keep track of all these changes.
The following is the top 10 list of changes in contemporary software industry that will give you a clearer idea of where your business course should be heading.
Change #1: Cloud changes the way of buying software
Today you don’t have to spend big money on 3-5 year software licences anymore, because cloud computing enables companies to buy subscriptions on software usage and get that software delivered via the Internet. It’s very likely that most or even all enterprise software is going to be delivered this way soon.
Change #2: DaaS changes the way of software delivery
Desktop virtualization, or Desktop as a Service, is a new age technology letting people use any software on their devices without the need of setting up the needed environment as all this is well delivered via the Internet. This way software vendors also have all chances to control their product and protect its important data.
Change #3: Web apps’ popularity undermines Microsoft’s monopoly
With modern web development technologies such as HTML5 powerful software now can be written for a browser rather than for an operating system like the most popular Microsoft’s Windows OS.
Change #4: Mobile changes the place of software usage
With growing popularity of mobile devices with their unmatched portability convenience, people use every opportunity to access their favorite software right on the go. That’s why mobile compatibility, complemented by the variety of modern mobile devices, is now a must for software development companies.
Change #5: Touch changes user interface
With the death of computer mouse and rise of the touch the way of our interaction with software has transformed very much and brought the necessity of revolutionizing UX and user interface design methods.
Change #6: Apple Store changes our software price expectations
Software users used to pay much more than what Apple charges for apps on its Store: instead of $50 they ask only $5 - and this inevitably influence how much people are now ready to give away on software.
Change #7: Crowdsourcing changes the way of writing software
As software today is often written by many people from different places which don’t even know each other and the results are available for everybody to contribute or draw on, this trend brings forth both new issues and unseen opportunities.
Change #8: Open source changes the way of controlling software
Not belonging to or protected by any particular company, software and its source code written under the open source model is open to and under control of everybody interested.
Change #9: Social media changes expected software functionality
Social media are getting integral with everything, from our TV to online docs. People have quickly developed dependance on social media and today they expect software to cater to their needs for online cooperation, discussion, asking for expert opinion, getting real-time feedback, etc.
Change #10: Big data enables software revolutionizing
Modern technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL databases allow inexpensive collecting, storage and analysis of huge amounts of data. And this gives perfect opportunities to build better, revolutionized software.
With a list of the most important software industry changes like this you are now more prepared for future challenges of your IT business and can even probe a new niche.