We’re less than a month away from the new year, which means it’s a great time to begin investing in yourself and upskilling to prepare yourself for a successful career (or career switch!). Today, we want to spend some time outlining some popular tech trends that are projected to dominate the software development industry in 2022. Not only will we list and explain each trend, but we’ll also provide you with resources to help you get started on your learning journey.
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First on the list is multi-cloud, which is a cloud computing model that leverages two or more cloud platforms. Multi-cloud allows you to take advantage of the resources that different cloud providers offer and helps you lower your cloud cost. Gartner estimates that over 75% of cloud customers will adopt multi-cloud by the end of 2022.
Hands-on experience with multiple cloud providers will allow you to help an organization shift to a multi-cloud strategy. Cloud experience, in general, is highly valued in the software engineering industry. Most companies currently take advantage of at least one cloud provider, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. The job market for cloud engineers is vast, with thousands of opportunities to work with cloud architecture, cloud development, and cloud support. The multi-cloud strategy also works closely with container technologies, such as Kubernetes, to simplify the process of implementing a multi-cloud architecture.
As the cloud continues to dominate the business landscape, the multi-cloud model will continue to increase in popularity. Getting familiar with the model will give you a leg up in your cloud computing journey.
The second trend on the list is Swift, a multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language for iOS development. Apple created this safe, expressive, and powerful language to replace C-based languages for iOS development. Swift has a reputation for being an easy language to learn. Apple created the language with new coders in mind, and they even created Swift Playgrounds, which is an iPad app that makes it easy for new developers to get started coding with Swift.
Just like the software industry as a whole, iOS development continues to quickly expand and change. In 2022, iOS development efforts will focus on areas such as machine learning, IoT, mobile payments, and chatbots to continue building newer and smarter applications for all users.
If you want to get into iOS development, Swift is a great language to learn. If you do choose to get started with Swift, you’ll be in high demand. According to Apple, the company has created about two million jobs in the United States alone, with the average salary sitting at around $116,804.
CI/CD, or continuous integration/continuous delivery, is a fundamental DevOps and Agile best practice. CI/CD enables software development teams to automate their software development lifecycle. With CI/CD your team can frequently deliver and deploy applications and accelerate your app development process. You can efficiently implement automation and monitor things like code changes, new features, and potential bug fixes.
Cloud-native CI/CD pipelines are growing in popularity. They allow us to take full advantage of cloud computing services and features, like containerization, going serverless, and implementing a multi-cloud infrastructure. We explored the concept of multi-cloud earlier, and now we can see that it’s a widespread model that can apply to CI/CD and DevOps.
Learning a CI/CD tool will help you become familiar with the CI/CD pipelines and processes. Popular tools include Jenkins, GitLab, Azure DevOps, and more.
Hadoop is an open-source software framework developed by the Apache Software Foundation. Hadoop is built on Hadoop clusters, which are collections of computers, or nodes, that work together to execute computations on data. It allows us to store any kind of data and handle multiple concurrent tasks. Hadoop is **widely used in data science and big data, so if you’re a data scientist (or an aspiring data scientist), Hadoop is a great tool to learn.
The final trend we’ll explore is virtualization. Virtualization allows us to use the features of a physical machine across multiple virtual environments. There are many different types of virtualization, including cloud virtualization, network virtualization, and data virtualization, so depending on your team and organization, you may work with a few different types.
If you’re looking to work in the cloud space, this is an important trend to stay on top of. Additionally, if you haven’t already, it’s important to become familiar with two additional operating system fundamentals: concurrency and persistence. These three concepts lay the foundation for understanding how operating systems work.
And there you have it! We explored some of the projected top tech trends for the upcoming year. There’s no better time than now to get started upskilling or learning a new skill to add to your resume. Learning any tool or technology on this list will take your learning to the next level and allow you to stand out to potential employers.
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