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Updated: Aug 10, 2022

Digital transformation has had an impact on every facet of our lives, but it has affected businesses the most. Digital transformation allows businesses to not only reach their customers faster through different digital modes but also improve the bottom line.

No wonder so many businesses have already started their digital transformation journey, while others are planning to do so soon. For this, they have started making use of technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and others to stay ahead of the curve. Customers also use applications that are based on these technologies without even knowing about it.

A lot of businesses in the manufacturing and supply chain industries have started using different technologies to automate their processes and make the best use of the money available to them. Bitcoin’s launch over a decade ago brought us a completely new concept of cryptocurrencies, but now we have hundreds of these in the market.

Businesses that are looking to reach their target audience, showcase their products, and get their customers to make buying decisions have great tools in the form of social networking platforms, mobile applications, and online stores available to them. The future is looking bright for businesses that are planning to utilize the best that custom software development has to offer. The technologies that were once regarded incompatible with software development are already being commercially used. There are others that are still in the pipeline but are expected to hit the market in the years to come. If experts are to be believed, trends such as artificial intelligence and IoT are on the verge of being adopted by businesses on a global scale. These technologies are expected to facilitate businesses in a way that no one would have ever envisaged.

Let’s take a look at what the next couple of years have in store for custom software development companies and the businesses they serve. Here are a few trends that you can see in the software development field in the coming time.


The growth and global adoption IoT in custom software development solutions are expected to be one of the major trends in the future. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, the number of connected devices across the world will be more than 22 billion by the year 2024. Internet-connected devices do not need mobile phones or computers to establish a connection. With 5G, more and more devices will be able to leverage the capabilities that IoT brings. Unlike phones and computers, IoT devices are always in working mode. So custom software development companies that employ developers who are skilled in IoT will be able to provide businesses with software solutions that can help them compete better. (


Artificial intelligence is the most talked-about trend these days, and that has been the case for a few years now. To believe that all this talk is just hype would be an error in judgment on your part. We now have resources that can be used to create AI solutions that have the power of changing the way we see different things. Machine learning and other related AI applications give businesses a way to transform how they function and serve their customers completely. With big data, machine learning, and other such tools, AI is expected to be the future of custom software and technology.


When we talk about the trends that have taken the custom software development industry by storm, we cannot forget to mention the role of continuous delivery and continuous development. This methodology focuses on building software at a faster pace than usual. The ultimate objective is to release the software faster. Continuous experimentation, feature development, and bug fixing, amongst other things throughout the lifecycle help in achieving this objective.

Like most technologies and trends in the IT world, new trends and technologies keep on being developed. At First Digital we endeavor to keep up with “the latest” and also become the specialists in lasting and eye/mind opening technologies and trends, always trying to think out-of-the-box.

Riaan Terblanche

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