Enterprise software or the software market as a whole is evolving at breakneck speeds. Software play a vital role in mission-critical business operations. This article highlights some of the disruptive trends that every software solution company or enterprise software developer must watch closely over the next couple of years. Software plays an important role in every aspect of modern enterprises from sales and procurement to marketing and production. Good enterprise software gives organizations a competitive edge whereas outdated software could hamper organizational workflows therefore, it is important that your enterprise software suite is up-to-date. There is a good chance that today’s cutting-edge enterprise software is considered outdated 5 years from now.

Voice-Driven Software Interfaces

Voice search and voice-controlled software are the “next big thing” in tech. With great improvements being made in speech recognition it is only a matter of time before we see more enterprise products incorporate voice search and interaction. Voice-controlled commands can be a quick and user-friendly way of providing instructions in a complex enterprise software environment. In addition, as voice recognition improves, businesses would harvest speech data. Developers must pay close attention to this technology and ascertain how this data could be captured to improve user-friendliness and system architecture.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

AI is by no means a new technology but we are seeing a steady increase in AI adoption in a variety of new devices and applications. Voice search, for instance, utilizes AI technology to understand the user’s query. Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are some common examples of successful commercial AI-powered products. Self-driving cars and China’s first virtual newscaster are some great examples of the strides AI has made in recent years. AI technologies are poised to have a tangible impact on enterprise software with development tools and technologies maturing rapidly.

Flexibility & Scalability 

Scalability, even though it does not get much attention, is more important than ever before. Enterprise software, no matter how it is built must provide flexibility and scalability to keep up with rapid advances in technology.

Flexible software typically

– Adapts to business processes: The software must provide customization options to suit business needs or changes in business processes.

– Provides compatibility: The software architecture must facilitate seamless integration with other business systems or applications.

– Provides scalability: The application architecture and development framework must accommodate enhancements in order to keep the software up-to-date with the rapidly evolving software market.

The present business environment requires agility and so does your software. Your organization’s ability to adapt and respond to changing business requirements is paramount.

Low-Code Development Platforms 

From a business standpoint, leaders want new software solutions implemented quickly in response to changing market conditions. Development teams often struggle to keep pace with these changing requirements due to resource constraints. In order to accelerate development, a number of teams are adopting low-code development platforms. These platforms expedite the development process by helping developers deliver applications quicker. They provide a number of coding templates that could be modified.

GDPR and Enterprise Data 

GDPR enforces strict laws on how organizations use and protect the personal data of EU citizens. This also gives these users the right to have their data deleted upon request. This means that when you build enterprise software that stores personal data of EU citizens, you must keep track of the data. This data must be secured with proper access controls in place. The software architecture must facilitate GDPR compliance.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality 

Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have been growing steadily over the past 5 years. AR/VR inclusion in enterprise software has been limited because they require high bandwidth and processing power to run. This will soon change with the rollout of 5G connectivity and better processors over the next two years. This is a trend that development companies must keep an eye on as it has the potential to significantly impact certain industries like the airline sector for instance.  It could just be a matter of a few years before enterprises use these technologies for training.

The trends discussed above are poised to transform the enterprise software sector over the next couple of years. Development teams must keep a close eye on how these technologies evolve and look for ways to incorporate these technologies into business applications. AI-enabled, GDPR compliant enterprise software with scalability is the best way forward to remain relevant in the current fast-paced, changing business landscape.