Top Five Strategic Technology Trends in Software Engineering for 2024

Research firm Gartner has announced the top five strategic technology trends poised to shape software engineering in 2024 and beyond. These insights were revealed at the Gartner Application Innovation & Business Solutions Summit.
Engineering studentAccording to a Gartner survey conducted in late 2023 among 300 software engineering and application development managers in the U.S. and U.K., 65 percent of software engineering leaders prioritize meeting business objectives as one of their top three performance goals. The adoption of disruptive technologies is key to enabling teams to achieve targets related to productivity, sustainability, and growth, Gartner report said.

“The technology trends identified by Gartner are already benefiting early adopters in meeting business objectives,” stated Joachim Herschmann, VP Analyst at Gartner. “These disruptive tools and practices are enhancing the ability of software engineering teams to deliver high-quality, scalable AI-powered applications while minimizing friction in the software development life cycle, thereby improving developer experience and productivity.”

The top five strategic technology trends for software engineering in 2024 are as follows:

Software Engineering Intelligence Software engineering intelligence platforms provide a comprehensive view of engineering processes, aiding leaders in measuring not only velocity and flow but also quality, organizational effectiveness, and business value. Gartner projects that by 2027, 50 percent of software engineering organizations will utilize these platforms to enhance developer productivity, a significant increase from 5 percent in 2024.

AI-Augmented Development AI-augmented development incorporates AI technologies, such as generative AI and machine learning, to assist software engineers in designing, coding, and testing applications. According to the Gartner survey, 58 percent of respondents are using or planning to use generative AI within the next year to control or reduce costs. Herschmann noted that investing in AI-augmented development will boost productivity and cost-efficiency, while enhancing the value delivered by development teams.

Green Software Engineering Green software engineering focuses on creating carbon-efficient and carbon-aware software. This involves making energy-efficient choices in architecture, design patterns, algorithms, and infrastructure. Gartner predicts that by 2027, 30 percent of large global enterprises will include software sustainability in their non-functional requirements, up from less than 10 percent in 2024. This trend is driven by the high energy demands of compute-heavy workloads, especially those enabled by generative AI.

Platform Engineering Platform engineering aims to reduce developers’ cognitive load by offering shared capabilities through internal developer portals and platforms. These platforms streamline software development and enhance job satisfaction by providing a “paved road” to development. Gartner forecasts that by 2026, 80 percent of large software engineering organizations will have established platform engineering teams, up from 45 percent in 2022.

Cloud Development Environments Cloud development environments offer remote, ready-to-use access to development tools, requiring minimal setup and configuration. This approach decouples the development workspace from the physical workstation, ensuring a consistent developer experience and facilitating faster onboarding.

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