How using Swift can benefit the healthcare, retail and finance industries

By Jonathan Crowl

| Banking

The growth of Swift as an international programming language has been gradual, but with little pushback from the developer community. One of the interesting things about the language’s maturation is that it draws developers accustomed to a wide range of languages and who possess varying development styles.

More than two years after it was launched as a beta, Swift has brought together developers from all different industries and geographies, and that community has built a programming language that is both accessible and built to last. Using Swift is one of the best strategies enterprises have at their disposal to future-proof their digital assets. For some industries, such as healthcare, retail and finance, the benefits of Swift are even more significant in terms of how it could affect the future of certain brands.

If you work in one of these industries, it’s important to understand how Swift could lay the foundation for improvements and innovations not just today, but for years to come.

A more responsive digital presence

Many developers who transition to Swift are impressed by the newfound speed unlocked by the language. Swift features a number of development tools that simplify certain coding tasks and speed up development cycles. These cycles are crucial for any industry, but they’re of particular importance to a healthcare or financial company, where quick development may be necessary to respond to new security threats, upcoming regulations or other matters regarding sensitive data.

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Retailers can also benefit by speeding up development to provide a more responsive user experience through their various digital products. Meanwhile, Swift also improves the process of integrating apps and software, so adding a new solution to an existing ecosystem is easy to do — and partnering with outside software and apps can take place faster. This allows companies using Swift to be more responsive on the digital front, where long wait times and intensive development won’t be obstacles to innovation.

Building a world-class security framework

Any business that handles sensitive consumer data needs to provide the highest assurances that this data will be protected. Your development language directly impacts your ability to defend against cyberthreats, of which the healthcare, retail and financial industries are all prime targets. You won’t find data that consumers value more than their medical records, credit card numbers and banking information. While using Swift isn’t a security solution per se, it provides a development platform through which innovative, powerful security efforts can be deployed.

Swift@IBM points out how Swift lays the groundwork for the Kitura framework to deploy multistack security within an application or other mobile software. By offering a programming language that has minimized the potential for exposure to and exploitation by cyberthreats, Swift offers solutions like Kitura a better foundation in which upgraded security is inherent to the language itself. Better data encryption and multiple layers of security are easily delivered through Swift, giving organizations a degree of security they may have never previously experienced.

Better prospects for better technologies

Any programming language used for mobile development today needs to account for two growing evolutions on the technology front: Cognitive computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). Both are central to the future innovations planned in healthcare, finance and the retail world; healthcare wearables are already a hot commodity, while retailers have plans to use IoT devices to create engaging digital touchpoints within their stores, turning retail shops into immersive experiences. Banks, meanwhile, are already exploring the possibilities of how cognitive computing could improve their operations and make them more efficient.

Swift is already being used for these purposes, taking a central role in new technologies like healthcare management, wearables and smart home automation solutions. As both cognitive computing and IoT become more prevalent across every industry and in our own daily lives, developers will rely more heavily on Swift to provide a stable framework for this continued innovation.

Where the strength and security of mobile solutions is critical to an organization’s success, Swift is gaining a reputation as a development language designed with the future in mind.