Enterprise Apps - Key Technology Trends To Watch Out For In 2021

2020-12-22by Robert Jackson

Key Technology Trends to Watch Out for in 2021

Even before the emergence of the pandemic, enterprises found it difficult to excel without the help of an application. In other words, a feature-rich enterprise app can give companies a competitive edge over peers. Enterprise app development enables modern companies to manage complex processes by bringing automation. 

Every year, the trends for developing enterprise apps keep on evolving with advancing technologies. Apps based on these trends can thrive businesses on a larger scale while opening the doors of new opportunities. A Statista report has expected that the mobile app market revenue will reach $693 million by 2021. Here we mention what futuristic technologies will bring in enterprise apps in the year 2021. 

Top Trends Set to Rule Enterprise App Development in 2021

  • Enhanced Security-Enterprise app solutions are prone to cyberattacks as they contain and transmit confidential information. Any cyberattack can cause a company millions of dollars. As per the experts’ estimate, the cyber attacks will cause $6 trillion in losses in 2021. In such a situation, cybersecurity will remain in focus while developing a mobile app. Security features like two-way authentication and biometric authentication will be added to the app to eliminate any unauthorized access. 

  • Language and Frameworks-Apart from traditional Swift and Kotlin for iOS and Android app development respectively, the mobile app development company will use JavaScript or JS-based languages for building dynamic web and mobile apps. Also, more entrepreneurs will prefer cross-platform app development. It can help them save big bucks while building an enterprise app that can seamlessly run across Android and iOS. In line with this trend, cross-platform app development frameworks including Flutter and Ionic will gain ground in the year 2021 and beyond.  

  • IoT (Internet of Things)-The revolutionary IoT technology is getting mainstreamed across various industry sectors rapidly. It is one of the technology trends that are capable of having a huge impact on the way we work. The entire network of IoT consists of gadgets, devices, sensors, and appliances, is integrated with a mobile app to offer seamless and anytime access on the move. 

What’s more, the enterprise software development companies will integrate technological advancements of Big Data, AI, ML, and the like to make the customized IoT apps more robust, useful, and reliable. It is predicted that the IoT market will reach $520 billion by 2021, and mobile apps will play a crucial role in achieving this target. Here are some of the most important and futuristic use cases of IoT in enterprise app development- 

  • Predictive Maintenance- This AI-powered feature facilitates large enterprises across different sectors like oil & gas, manufacturing, etc. to keep their expensive equipment running without unexpected downtime. 

  • Asset Tracking- IoT offers effective asset monitoring and tracking to enterprises. Through an IoT-powered app, enterprises can track their remote assets and connect with workers instantly. 

  • Order Tracking- Courier and logistics, retail, and eCommerce industries can make the most of this feature by facilitating their customers to track their orders in real-time. On-demand app development process and IoT-powered features can make it possible for the app users to track their orders. 

  • Fleet Management- Vehicle tracking and fleet management are other key benefits of IoT. Transportation and logistics companies can improve fleet efficiency with the help of this feature and IoT technology plays a vital role in managing it. 

  • Mixed Reality (MR)-Mixed Reality combines VR (Virtual Reality) and Augmented Reality (AR) to provide a more immersive experience and unlock significant potential in enterprise-level applications. On one hand, the AR technology integrated digital content with the physical environment, and on the other hand, VR can create an immersive experience using an imaginary world for users. MR can provide an excellent experience using both these concepts. 

Industry sectors like defense, architecture, tourism, healthcare, and construction will remain the big beneficiaries of this technology. An IndustryARC market research report has predicted that the global market for MR will grow to $9.98 billion in the year 2024. We can expect that over the period, government organizations, manufacturing, media, and other sectors will also use this technology to improve the user’s experience significantly.   

  • Blockchain-We have witnessed the growing importance of cryptocurrencies worldwide. The technology behind such currencies like Bitcoin and Ethernum is Blockchain. Enterprise apps that deal with a lot of confidential corporate and individual data can get the benefits of highly secure Blockchain technology. Also, this technology will change the way we make payments or transact online over the period by ensuring swift, secure, and seamless online payments.  These days, businesses and governments are exploring this technology for bringing transparency to the system and increase people’s trust. As a peer-to-peer (P2P), decentralized network, Blockchain can enable them to meet these goals effectively. 

Enterprise apps can have a built-in blockchain-powered feature for secure data sharing and online transactions. We will see rapid growth in the adoption of Blockchain technology in enterprise app development in 2021 and beyond. 

  •  Artificial Intelligence (AI)- When it comes to developing smart and intelligent apps, AI technology comes into the picture. With other innovative concepts like ML, NLP (Natural Language Processing), and DL (Deep Learning), this evolving technology is all set to make enterprise apps smarter in the year 2021. Gartner has projected that the business value of AI augmentation will worth $2.9 trillion in 2021. 

From healthcare to retail and manufacturing to IT, every industry sector can get the benefits of a thriving AI technology.  It is interesting to see how this technology will reshape the future of mobile app development. 

Concluding Lines

Understanding the future trends in enterprise apps assists entrepreneurs to come up with an innovative and user-friendly app with desired features. Hopefully, the year 2021 will fall in the post-COVID-19 era, and enterprises have to make themselves ready to make changes in their processes accordingly. All these technology trends and a robust mobile app can help them adapt to the changed business scenario. 

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Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Solution Analysts

Robert Jackson is a content cum digital marketer at Solution Analyst, a leading mobile app development company. He is an avid reader and likes to remain updated for technological advancements in the domains of web, mobility, IoT, and emerging technologies. His articles are informative and interesting at the same time as he expresses insightful thoughts clearly.

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