2022 is here, and that means it’s time to start thinking about the software product design trends that will be popular this year. Software development has changed irreversibly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses have been pressured to transform into digital-first entities, pushing software development teams to bring digital innovations and services to market as quickly as possible. Unsurprisingly, the focus has also shifted to creating secure and scalable products that are resistant to sudden shocks.
Additionally, IT managers, software developers, CIOs, and CTOs are looking for innovative ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs in times of uncertainty.
Below, we look at seven trends in software product design to watch in 2022. Keep in mind that software design is constantly changing, so some of these trends might not last very long. But, if you’re looking to stay ahead of the game, keep an eye out for these trends.
Accelerated design automation
Accelerated design automation software enables software engineers and product managers to increase development productivity by automating repetitive tasks. The software also enables teams to create software products more efficiently, quickly and accurately.
Design automation has gone from simply automating basic settings to full product configuration. As a result, software engineers can now easily use rule-based design without complex coding.
Design automation has become a key part of software design in recent years. This is a major trend for 2022 as software development teams strive to increase efficiency and reduce costs by automating repetitive processes, such as builds and compiling errors, testing and deployment.
The future of the digital world will rely on Web 3.0, which is the most debated concept in today’s digital landscape. It is a new era of internet development characterized by decentralized control, enabled by technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies and NFTs, and automated using smart contracts.
The promise of Web 3.0 is that individuals will control their data and not depend on third parties like Facebook, Google or Apple to make connections. However, Web 2.0 will not disappear entirely.
Central control points of the current era, which are currently dominated by big tech, will co-exist alongside platforms like Ethereum that allow individuals to interact directly and more securely. They will allow customers to conduct direct transactions and own digital assets.
Web 3.0, meanwhile, will rely on AI to connect information, providing more complete and semantically correct search results and more personalized online experiences.
This affects software development as web software developers will have to adopt new technologies and new software development languages such as Solidityan object-oriented programming language used to write smart contracts, especially on the Ethereum blockchain.
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MXDP (multi-experience development platforms)
MXDPs are a major trend in software design in 2022 because they dramatically speed up the software development process by focusing on user experience and allowing software engineers to create custom experiences across multiple channels. Additionally, MXDP offers multi-device support and works well with embedded devices as well as mobile, desktop, web, virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR), artificial intelligence (AI), chatbots, Internet of Things (IoT) wearable devices such as smartwatches or other smart devices.
These platforms are especially useful for e-commerce businesses that need to provide customers with a consistent and personalized experience across all channels. They also allow software publishers to reduce development time and costs by using a single platform for multiple devices and channels.
As the world becomes more diverse, software design must also become more inclusive. Inclusive design is the practice of designing products that everyone can use, regardless of ability or circumstance. This type of user-centered design recognizes human diversity in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, language, socio-cultural background, and race.
A good example of inclusive design is the growing variety of emojis of different skin tones, gender identities, etc. Inclusive design is also seen in improved voice-enabled software, many of which can now distinguish various accents and be used by anyone, regardless of disability.
As people explore new virtual worlds and rely heavily on digital communication, there will undoubtedly be more investment in inclusive design in 2022 and beyond.
GPT-3 (pre-trained generative transformer 3)
GPT-3 is a Generative AI (GAI) machine learning model that has been widely adopted in the software design community. It is the successor to GPT-2, which OpenAI released in early 2019.
GPT-3 is a pre-trained language model that can generate text. It uses a recurrent neural network (RNN) with attention and a variational autoencoder (VAE) to generate text.
The model is effective in generating realistic text, including software code. It could potentially revolutionize software design with 175 billion parameters and the ability to learn with virtually no human supervision. Its current use cases include generating software code, speeding up repetitive writing tasks like writing online ads, and enabling human-like interactions in chatbots.
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Increased use of a software bill of materials (SBOM)
A software bill of materials, or SBOM, is a list of all software and software-dependent components used in the development or operation of a system. It manages licenses, tracks updates and patches, and ensures compatibility between software components.
An SBOM provides software vendors with a complete picture of the software used in their software products and helps prevent software crashes by ensuring that all dependencies are accounted for.
SBOMs are becoming increasingly popular among software developers, especially in the context of open source software. In 2022 and beyond, more software vendors will adopt a standard format for SBOMs, such as CycloneDXto improve software management and collaboration.
Additionally, SBOMs are expected to be a software development trend for 2022, given President Biden’s incorporation of SBOMs as part of the administration’s strategy to improve the nation’s cybersecurity in a recent Executive Decree.
As more and more assets move into the digital world amid the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are becoming more vulnerable to cyberattacks than ever before. The attack surface is growing every day and attacks have become more sophisticated and unpredictable, putting even greater pressure on CISOs and cloud providers to adopt the most secure security measures possible.
According to Gartner, 88% of security leaders now view cybersecurity as a business risk (not just a technology risk), up 30% in five years. This means that companies are reconsidering their approach to cybersecurity and are looking for even more effective security measures.
To strengthen the cybersecurity mesh, modern enterprises increasingly rely on DevSecOps, which involves the introduction of security processes, tools, and methodologies throughout the software development lifecycle. This helps ensure that the software is developed securely and that vulnerabilities are detected and fixed quickly.
DevSecOps will likely continue to be an important trend in software development for 2022 as enterprises struggle to deal with the ever-growing threat of cyberattacks.
The future of software product design
While it’s impossible to say for sure what the top software product design trends are for 2022, it’s likely that accelerated design automation, Web 3.0, MXDPs, inclusive design, GPT-3 and the increased use of SBOMs will all play a prominent role in shaping the future of software product design. Additionally, DevSecOps will continue to be a critical consideration for organizations looking to build safe and secure products.
These 2022 software product design trends paint a picture of a dynamic software landscape where software products are designed to be more functional, accessible, and secure than ever before.
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