7 Key Trends in Enterprise Application Development

The emerging technologies are constantly transforming the entire business landscape that affects the way businesses are conducted and that has an effect on the way consumer demands are met.

As a consequence, there is a trend of rapid mobile application development for accessing data anywhere and anytime. The mobile app development processes for enterprises are shaped by the constant array of enterprise applications.

These enterprise applications have formed the core of the organization’s digital strategy. This is one of the reasons as to why businesses are shifting their focus from the legacy systems to the modern enterprise applications. This results in achieving agility and a competitive edge over the other business partners.

In this post, we will provide you with some insights on the top key trends in enterprise application development in 2018.

Topmost Trends in Enterprise Application Development

Following are some of the 7 trends on enterprise application development in 2018.

Progressive Web Apps

The fast, reliable and engaging progressive web apps (PWA) help to bring out the best from the native applications and mobile sites. These apps were created by Google.

They have all the features from the web browsers but the user experience is similar to a mobile app. These apps have the benefit of sending push notifications and enable near-instant loading.

The PWAs are preferred over the native mobile apps. The native apps may provide with the best of user experiences but are expensive and difficult to build. PWAs need to develop separate apps for different operating systems. But, the mobile web apps work across all platforms, PWAs will be beneficial for the way of developing cross-platform applications in the future.

Focus Shifting Towards Security

The enterprises will increasingly face cybersecurity threats and security breaches – with damaging effect on their performance as well as reputation. The more outrageous security attacks occurred due to storage on servers and accessible to the hackers with available credentials. Moreover, 86 % of mobile apps have faced issues related to confidentiality, access control, and authentication.

Furthermore, the security research project on web application vulnerability has cited a 69 % of web applications are affected by vulnerabilities due to reasons like sensitive data exposure and another 55 % has flaws like cross-site forgery.

The trend is towards the development of enterprise applications – not with increased functionality but with higher security features.

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Increase in the number of mobile-friendly web applications has produced almost 4 million Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMPs). The AMPs are lightweight and have faster loading rate, created with HTML.  As businesses will yearn more for faster loading of their web pages in 2018, AMPs will increasingly become a trend.

Intelligent Applications

The worldwide revenue from Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) will grow from $ 5.2 billion in 2016 to $ 162 billion in 2020. Whatever be the nature of the applications, whether IoT or Virtual Personal Assistants (VPAs) or any other apps, Artificial Intelligence (AI) or AR/VR will be present in all of them.

If we look into what Gartner has projected for 2021, we find that 40 % of enterprise applications will have Artificial Intelligence (AI) elements embedded in it. This will be applicable more in the financial and healthcare industries – with solutions like transaction fraudulence and improvement of diagnosis of diseases.

Wearable Devices

An estimate by Gartner states that the smartwatch sales will be 81 million units – that will comprise 16 % of the total wearable device sales. The wearables are effective as the smartwatches and fitness brands.

Blockchain-based Applications

Blockchains are collective data storage across the nodes of a peer-to-peer network. The transaction happens without any intermediaries. The transactions are verified with a complex set of algorithms. They are decentralized and secure databases.

The blockchain-based applications are bound to increase by 2018.

Mobile Cloud Adoption

More and more businesses will adopt cloud computing. The cloud-based mobile apps will gain importance. Adopting the mobile cloud becomes essential as businesses move beyond their territories. The problems that will be addressed are management and data storage problems. This will be possible through automatic data synchronization and real-time data residing on multiple devices and platforms.


There are many enterprises who still use servers for data storage but most of the enterprises are increasingly adopting SaaS models with benefits of flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and availability. Moreover, because of the adoption of the SaaS models, the enterprises opt for mobility as a solution. This will enhance the usability and appeal of the enterprise software using this technology.

Finally, the technological changes are constant phenomena and enterprises must take the help of the above trends if they want to achieve a sustainable growth of their businesses. In this endeavour, they must collaborate with an enterprise application development company of their choice for rapid application development, ease of use across a diverse range of devices and be providing uniform user experiences for their clients.

Anoop Nain is a Marketing Manager at Enuke Software, a leading mobile app and Development Company specialized in Android and iOS app development. He spends most of his time researching on the mobile app development and technology trends. He focuses on actionable and unique ideas that can be used to grow company business and make a real difference for customers.