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Our top 5 blogs of 2017 and what they mean for the coming year

Alex Robbio


January 3rd, 2018

Our top 5 blogs of 2017 and what they mean for the coming year

During 2017 Belatrix has researched and published articles on a range of emerging technologies, from the impact of blockchain, the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence, to how Angular 5 can help you create powerful mobile applications. In this blog, I want to provide a run-down of the top five articles and blogs that we published in 2017

1. How to easily build an Angular 5 app using Visual Studio Code

Angular is one of the most popular Javascript frameworks with which to build mobile and web apps. The release of Angular 5 in November 2017 brought many new features and interest in the framework. Building on this, Belatrix expert, Orlando Castillo, shared some of his top tips, as well as source code, to help other developers quickly build a web app from the ground up, using Visual Studio code and Angular 5.

How to easily build an Angular 5 app using Visual Studio Code

2. The growth of smart home technology

Back in March 2017 we published this highly popular blog about the emergence of smart home technology. Its popularity reflects growing interest in the topic by various interested parties, from homeowners, real estate companies, to tech companies. As the blog pointed out, many entrepreneurial companies are producing smart home devices that can help homeowners use technology to manage networked devices in their home. The Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled this growth, making it possible to connect physical devices with internet connectivity and sensors to provide new services to households. The research company, Gartner, predicts that in 2020, we’ll see approximately 25 billion IoT-enabled devices, a good portion of which will serve automate homes.

The growth of smart home technology

3. Moving to a serverless architecture in 2017

In this blog, Belatrix expert Leo Otero, examined the concept of being “serverless”. In a serverless architecture world, an application can use backend-as-a-service and function-as-a-service functionalities (like authentication logics) provided by third parties. This is different from the traditional world where the application accesses the server and the database. For example, you can deploy code to a function-as-a-service provider, and it will do the rest. A major advantage of serverless architectures, is that developers can focus on what they want to build, and less time on the server. There are also significant advantages when using serverless architecture for mobile and IoT devices.

Moving to a serverless architecture in 2017

4. Blockchain is the basis of your future digital transformation

Although this whitepaper is not technically a blog post, I’ve included it here, because of its popularity. The article examines the emergence of blockchain, less from a deep technical perspective, but rather on what the technology will mean for business models in the future. It argues that even seemingly disruptive companies like AirBnB, will face upheaval. This is because in 2018 and beyond, we will see the emergence of blockchain-based business models, by which we mean businesses built on a peer-to-peer network based on a blockchain platform.

Blockchain is the basis of your future digital transformation

5. The top challenges with microservices

As this blog highlights, microservice architectures have come to prominence over the past couple of years. Well-known companies such as Netflix and Facebook have highlighted how microservices can be used to create more nimble and responsive software applications. However, many organizations face challenges with microservices – from the difficulties in rearchitecting a software product, to challenges with testing and QA, and the need for effective management to avoid additional complexity.

The top challenges with microservices

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review of Belatrix’s top articles from 2017. Make sure to check out the rest of our thought leadership and case studies to find more insights from our experts.

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