The proliferation of smart phones and tablets has completely changed the way we work and access things on the go. Today, there is a plethora of apps offering diverse functionality. Using such apps one can buy products, purchase different types of services, access internet, play games, get entertained, and much more.
Mobile applications have evolved significantly since their inception, and their popularity as well as their overall acceptance is increasing considerably. With the continuous growth in the popularity of apps and their application in multiple ways, the future of apps will see a great shift in the way the apps are developed and leveraged.
While most apps are majorly made with mass market appeal in mind, there are a few companies who are genuinely reinventing applications and rethinking what next-gen apps would look like along and what functionalities they would serve.
The natural progression of apps will lead them to the enterprise level and as per industry experts the apps will enhance mobility at that particular level. Consecutively, apps will be developed for logistics, for purchasing, for lead generation, for supply chain management, for patient care and much more. In fact, the apps of tomorrow would be like having a virtual assistant by your side. These apps would not only make you more productive but will also share your workload. Here are some of the things to look out for as far as the future of apps is concerned -
The original client-server model that was leveraged for delivering business applications is expected to go through a complete refresh as cloud technology would be utilized in the future instead. Although currently many applications are hosted on a server, but soon technology trends in the app development and deployment field will change. The newer technology trends which are expected to dominate the entire app development scenario include open-source technology, Consumerization of IT and the use of ubiquitous APIs. The effect which these technologies will have on the IT industry will be quite high.
Gradually, the legacy application vendors have started losing their strong footing which they established in today's fast moving industry, which is all about tailored and purpose-driven apps which cost much lower than proprietary solutions. Also, a significant shift has been observed in the consumer expectations from an application, and this trend is expected to stay for the next few years.
Earlier the people used to fit their processes as per the capabilities offered by the business applications, but not anymore. Today, consumers and business app users have become savvier. As a result, smart-phone wielding users expect the business applications to be tailored as per their needs in much the same way in which social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are building interconnected networks.
Since an ever-changing business environment will require faster iterations of existing apps, the apps of tomorrow are expected to have a shorter half-life as compared to apps which are being used today. Also such new apps will evolve much faster in future.
The future of apps points towards an assemblage of re-usable components which can communicate with other components using standard communication protocols. Furthermore, the apps of tomorrow will not offer the general functionalities that can be applied to all business environments alike. In fact, they will support and deliver unique services as per the needs of the enterprise to which they are catering to. Also, using BPM technology, developers will be able to create more flexible apps that can be easily changed with changing business needs.
In the last two decades, open-source development has established itself as one of the most preferred ways of development, both in the field of software and apps. Open source frameworks have gained exceptional popularity owing to the benefits they offer. Cost savings are one of the many benefits offered by open source technologies and due to these benefits, Hadoop, Drupal, Apache, Linux, WordPress and many other development frameworks are being commonly used by people. Today, most open source models have affected the popularity and market penetration of the costlier proprietary solutions, and as a result, many people have gravitated towards open source, cross-platform app development frameworks to develop the apps which can deliver exhaustive functionalities. Even the most mission critical business apps are designed using open source frameworks. Open source technologies have brought a trend in the IT industry, which will continue to dominate the development in the coming years. Read our article on how the open source platform React Native is fast eclipsing Native app development.
The unprecedented rise of flexible, integrated APIs (Application Programming Interface) has transformed the web into a feature rich application platform by itself. A vast community of robust APIs provides developers with inimitable opportunities to offer business solutions in unique ways. Most app development companies are increasingly realizing that in today's interconnected web environment, a silo approach can no longer be afforded.
Interoperability has become one of the most underlying requisites in today's business environment and thus, systems, object classes, databases and much more have started leveraging applications which can interact with each other while sharing semi-structured or structured information. Currently, the usefulness of an API is only limited to extending the functionality of an already existing system. However, the future of smartphone apps will see a gradual change making the stringing of variables, object classes, data structures and routines a simple matter involving choosing from an array of choices to develop custom apps from scratch.
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