Top four software development trends you can't ignore in 2024

Discover the top four development trends shaping a software-defined future and how JustSolve will guide you every step of the way.

Johannesburg, 02 Jan 2024
Low-code has proven its worth.
Low-code has proven its worth.

After seven years, low-code has proven its worth and is set to become an even more integral part of software development in 2024. But will low-code stay relevant this year while increasing in popularity?

"I am predicting a massive change in how developers write and adopt code in 2024, with AI-assisted tools being developed for existing IDEs, the broad adaptation of genAI and the use of TuringBots to augment your development teams' existing capabilities and make them work exceptionally smarter and more productive," said Botha van der Vyver, CEO and Founder of JustSolve.

The impact of generative AI (genAI) on software development became evident in 2023, showcasing an exponential leap in efficiency, which will only really be understood in the next three to five years.

Looking ahead to 2024, traditional pro-code development teams are expected to shift from experimental phases to seamlessly embedding TuringBots into their software development life cycle, offering coders a potential productivity increase of 20%-50%, reaching an impressive 200% in some cases.

Testers could see a 15%-20% boost, while product teams anticipate efficiency gains of over 10%, establishing genAI as a catalyst for enhanced productivity in both low-code and pro-code.

The top trends for a software-defined future:

Ninety-two percent of C-Suite executives agree that business demands for increased speed, agility and innovation are driving new operating models.

Accelerating outcomes:

  1. Operational efficiency and cost optimisation
  2. Driving innovation
  3. Improving CX and EX
  4. Promoting sustainability

Transforming technology:

  1. Cyber security
  2. Digital transformation
  3. Artificial intelligence
  4. Cloud computing

But how do teams accelerate these outcomes with transformative technologies? This is where low-code platform leaders like OutSystems come into a class of their own. OutSystems’ "Project Morpheus" aims for a remarkable 100x developer productivity gain in the next three to five years by combining genAI with the #1 Low-Code Platform.

The top four low-code trends for an accelerated software-defined future:

1. Low-code and artificial intelligence (generative AI):

Gartner predicts that by 2026, 80% of enterprises will have utilised generative AI APIs or deployed applications enabled by generative AI. AI algorithms will become more sophisticated, assisting not only in code generation, but also in providing intelligent recommendations for complex business logic and decision-making within applications.

2. Low-code and intelligent process automation:

The convergence of low-code and intelligent process automation is set to redefine efficiency in business processes, creating a seamless blend where robotic process automation (RPA) meets AI. Business owners can anticipate increased capabilities for automating intricate business processes, reducing manual intervention and improving the overall efficiency of application development.

3. Low-code for customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX):

As low-code accelerates application development, the utilisation of CX templates and AI-driven visual tools will become paramount. Business owners can anticipate the introduction of advanced design tools, templates and features. These enhancements aim to simplify the creation of visually appealing and highly usable interfaces, thereby elevating the overall end-user experience.

4. Low-code cloud-native development:

Cloud-native development using low-code platforms will become increasingly prevalent, allowing businesses to harness the full potential of cloud technologies while maintaining the agility and flexibility offered by low-code solutions. Business owners can anticipate enhanced capabilities for building applications optimised for cloud environments, with better support for microservices, serverless architecture and seamless integration with various cloud services.

What JustSolve can do for you:

As a four-time award winner custom software development solutions company and thought leader in the hyper automation and low-code landscape, JustSolve stands ready to assist and guide business leaders and technical decision-makers in adopting and implementing these transformative technologies to accelerate outcomes as set out in this article.

Book a risk-free consultation now and get ahead of the low-code curve.