It’s no secret that the IT and digital world as a whole is blowing up and seeing a tremendous amount of growth. According to Gartner, worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.8 trillion in 2019. Full-stack developers are working furiously to keep up with the industry’s growth, meet demands, and advance by sticking with the following trends.
Yes, that magic concept “Internet of Things (IoT).” It’s been a buzzword in the industry lately, although the concept has been around for quite a long time. Many industry professionals have their own definition of what IoT is, but in a nutshell, it’s the concept of uniting and connecting technologies. According to PWC estimates, more than 90% of cars will be IoT enabled by 2020. This high degree of connectivity and control is expected to provide greater efficiency in the fields of transportation, logistics and supply chains. IoT is the most realistic new technology with this increasing connectivity. Sure, this could be scary, but from a consumer to an industrial level, with one simple app we can pay for our morning latte with our phone or run diagnostics on a multi-million-dollar piece of machinery. The technology is everywhere and solutions are in higher demand now more than ever. Developers have their hands full with the IoT marketplace. With so many IoT devices coming online, the network and software to help secure everything will keep developers very busy, not to mention how integrated an IoT framework functions. Developers need to enhance their business intelligence to keep up to speed with how to truly build an IoT solution for the business. This is a trend that is definitely not going to be settling down anytime soon.
In the area of artificial intelligence, enterprise implementations will likely continue to increase in the coming year. In Deloitte’s 2018 AI Survey, 58 percent of respondents claimed they had undertaken six or more full AI implementations—up from 32 percent the previous year. That being said, there is a high demand for AI-enabled communication, automation and analytics solutions. Think of Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana- these AI bots are perfect examples of how AI is trending and how developers are working with it to completely transform how brands communicate with customers. More industries are also working with AI capabilities to make smarter and faster business decisions. According to a report by PWC and CB Insights, funding for US based AI companies was close to $2.3 billion in 2018. AI tech is rapidly increasing. For instance, robots can now be programmed to organize and take inventory of warehouses and transport items. These initiatives mean increased efficiencies at a lesser cost for many businesses.