- iOS – being a Microsoft guy, it is sad that I have to say iOS development is now a days a hit in India, especially for small to medium companies. Even though iPad and iPhone did not yet prove they are good for more than any average applications, many firms in India celebrates with their handful of mobile projects. Windows Mobile application development is so far dull. Hope Windows-8 will change this trend. Saw an article that our laptop screens and PC monitors will soon be replaced with touch screen. This will indeed a good change. Wi-fi was a luxury item in India, but now it is becoming a common man’s thing which helps tablets and mobiles to get popularity
- Cloud – Companies started recommending ‘hosting in cloud’ just as a trend – mainly because of its cheap in price nature. For many companies it is just another form of hosting. Microsoft Partner companies are indeed trying to promote Azure services but the cost factor prevents them from choosing this. Big companies really understands its potential and they forcefully move to Azure.
- Social Networking – After the demise of Orkut, every Tom, Dick and Harry are members of FaceBook which made it now changing to be a non-reliable platform?. Even though there are lot of frauds, viruses and privacy issues, FB is a good online marketing and SEO platform. Youtube also is now a days a good ‘generic search engine’. Most brands publish applications as a part of their campaigns and promotions. Because of this, Social Networking API development is a good revenue stream in India.
- SharePoint – still continues to be a major reliable, scalable…. Platform. Big companies use it even for small projects and small companies recommend it for big projects. Small to medium markets use Umbraco like small CMS systems also successfully.
- Database – Microsoft is releasing SQL Server’s 2012th major version next month March, 2012. But companies still use 2005 or 2008. I do not see a change in this trend this year because, for ordinary market, any of these versions serve same purpose. Oracle continues to be the reliable database system in Banking Sector – because of influence of ‘Java Architects’
- NoSQL – People started about NoSQL (Eg: MangoDB) but did not see anybody actually using it in real world applications in a meaningful way
- Mobile Payments – People started talking about payments via mobile/portable devices. Need to wait and see. When coming to mobile commerce, Tesco’s QR code public stores were a hit but for India, it will take some more years as not much online-shops yet started shipping items which common men daily use.
- Vanishing CD/DVD – Like Floppy disks, optical drives also started disappearing. USB is the trend. Need to see what’s next.
- Microsoft .NET & PHP – seems getting more and more fans. Java is still an enterprise choice even though Micorsoft now have similar capabilities. PHP continues to be a medium company’s choice mainly due to its scalability limitations.
More to come…
Please share if have different opinions. I like to do R&D always