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A Look at the Future of Software Development in 2023.

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by Dave Westbrook,


The software development industry has changed drastically and proliferated over the last few years and is continuing to evolve and shape a different landscape than we have seen previously. Revenues in the UK’s software market are expected to grow to £24.72bn in 2023, and an anticipated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2027 of 4.72% means that this will be close to £30bn by 2027. Globally, the figure will be at £560.2bn over the same period.

We shouldn’t be shocked. Software is a part of life, and, as we move out of the shadow of Covid and the widespread adoption of new working practices, new trends have started to emerge. These trends will include an increased emphasis on automation, the greater use of artificial intelligence, a more focused application of blockchain technology and decentralisation, and more stringent data privacy considerations. As these trends take shape over the course of 2023, as software developers, it is important to recognise their potential impact on the future of software development and to be prepared to adjust and adapt accordingly.

Increased Automation

One of the most significant trends in software engineering in recent years is incorporating more automation into development pipelines. Beyond the now-standard CI/CD pipelines, automation enables developers to devote more attention to higher-level tasks such as code quality and user experience, allowing for increased efficiency and faster development cycles. Furthermore, automation is becoming increasingly accurate and more reliable, reducing the risk of errors and ensuring that the most efficient processes are employed. This makes automation an invaluable tool for developers, allowing them to produce code more quickly and accurately than ever before.

Artificial Intelligence Stays in Fashion

In 2023, artificial intelligence is set to play a hugely important role in software development. AI solutions such as ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot are increasingly popular and have broken through into the mainstream. They can automate many of the more mundane tasks associated with software development, such as boilerplate code, debugging, and code testing. By using AI solutions, developers can save time and effort in the development process, freeing them up to focus on more complex tasks. Furthermore, AI solutions are also able to provide developers with insights and recommendations on how to optimise their code. As such, AI solutions offer an invaluable tool for developers, enabling more efficient and effective development processes.


As the technology and applications of blockchain have become more widely accepted and understood, development for decentralised ecosystems is expected to become more focused and efficient in 2023, primarily because companies are more aware of the potential benefits of blockchains and how they can be used to their advantage. Web 3.0 offers secure transactions through smart contracts and provides more transparency in regard to the activities taking place. This increase in security and transparency will be advantageous for companies as they seek to take advantage of the benefits of decentralisation and stand apart from the competition.

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Data Privacy

The software development industry faces a huge challenge in the form of increasingly complex data regulation and privacy requirements for its products. Users and governments are pushing for a more stringent regulatory landscape, and new products will require developers to be aware of the latest data privacy considerations in many different jurisdictions. They must adjust their products accordingly to ensure compliance as industry standards increase in complexity. Failure to comply with data privacy laws can seriously affect developers and organisations.


Software development in 2023 will continue to evolve rapidly. As technology advances, automation, artificial intelligence, decentralisation, and data privacy issues will become key drivers of transformation. Automation will allow for greater efficiency, artificial intelligence will enable developers to incorporate more complex tasks, decentralisation will increase security and privacy, and data privacy concerns will be a major focus of development efforts. We may even see a shift towards greater use of blockchain technology for data privacy and security. All of these changes will make software development more challenging and will require developers to stay on top of the newest trends and techniques. However, the reward for staying up to date will be great—software development in 2023 will be an incredible adventure.

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