DN’s Year in Review: 2022’s biggest software trends
2022 is almost over, and it has been a huge year for digital transformation. To get the inside scoop on what’s really going on, we spoke to Wout Neirynck and Wim Debreuck of Debreuck Neirynck – a custom software headquartered in Belgium. They talked about the biggest digital trends of 2022, from data and privacy to cloud development.
Data & Privacy
Wout: “Most of the most important trends today have actually been around for quite some time, but this year we’ve seen them really start to take off. Data & privacy aren’t exactly new concepts, but we’ve seen companies taking them more seriously in the past few years. Everyone is becoming more aware of the potential of their data and how they need to be protected.”
Wim: “Data is at the heart of almost every business today, and privacy has become a huge priority for companies. That’s why this year we’ve seen a big push towards data-driven decision making and compliance with GDPR regulations. Companies are investing heavily in data security measures to protect their customers’ information. The same applies to us as well, over the past few years we’ve relied increasingly on security technologies like key vaults to securely store and share data with our clients. We even ordered an external security audit to ensure our systems were secured adequately.”
Wout: “And it’s not just about protecting customer data. GDPR seems to have caused a shift, moving companies from application-centric to data-centric strategies. Companies are focusing on mining their own internal data to gain insights into how their business is performing. We believe this kind of analysis will become an operational cornerstone for businesses of all sizes.”
Wim: “Development-wise, we’re seeing an increasing focus on prebuilt components. Instead of developing everything from scratch, developers are now more likely to combine existing pieces together for faster development and better results. This is especially true for cloud-based applications, which require a lot of integration.”
Wout: “This year has seen a major push towards cloud-based development. Many organizations are now looking for ways to move their applications and services onto the cloud in order to increase scalability, reduce costs, and take advantage of new technologies like AI and machine learning.”
Wim: “As custom software developers, you might think that we are threatened by this evolution, but in fact it’s the opposite. We’ve found prebuilt components to be an invaluable tool. We can save time and money, while still delivering a high-quality product that’s tailored to our customers’ needs. Take for instance the humble login screen. Instead of coding one from scratch, we now use an Identity Access Management (IAM) service, which comes with advanced security features like 2FA out of the box.”
Solid is an emerging technology that has been gaining traction rapidly over the past year. It is a protocol designed to enable users to own and control their data, allowing them to store and share it as they see fit. The Flemish government has been one of the major proponents of Solid, investing heavily in its development and implementation.
Wout: “We’re seeing more companies looking at Solid – a technology for securely storing and sharing digital information. Solid is a way to reduce the reliance on large centralized data stores and allow users to take control of their own personal information. The Flemish government is taking a leading role in this technology, and I’m proud to say DN is one of the companies building the foundations for the Solid movement.”
Wim: “Solid is still a very young technology, but we believe it has a lot of potential in the future. We’re excited to be part of this movement and look forward to seeing how far Solid can go.”
Wim: “Finally, we both wanted to mention the Stackoverflow survey which put Clojure, our favorite programming language, as the third most loved programming language. We hope that this is a sign of more developers embracing this powerful language in the future!”
Wout: “If you take a look at the top 3 you will also find Elixir, another functional programming language, on the second spot. A clear sign that functional programming is entering the mainstream and becoming more and more popular.”
So there you have it, the biggest digital trends of 2022 according to Wout Neirynck and Wim Debreuck. Whether it’s data privacy, cloud development or functional programming languages, one thing is clear: the future of digital looks very exciting indeed!