Offshore Software Development Trends in 2012

The Drivers of Offshore Software Development

The offshore Software development trend has been around for a while now and many IT as well as non-IT companies all over the world are engaged in outsourcing their software development needs to offshore software development centers due to the various benefits provided by the outsourcing process. One of the leading drivers of this trend has been the reduced cost factor associated with the outsourcing process in general. During the credit crunch caused by the global financial crisis, companies were focused on reducing costs and the offshoring process helped reduce overheads and improve the outsourcing company’s bottom line. In other cases, non-IT firms with no or minimalist IT departments also outsource their software development requirements as developing such software in-house often tends to be cost prohibitive. The lack of expertise of a company with regard to use of a specific set of software tools/platforms necessary for developing one or more applications is another driver commonly associated with such outsourcing. Such non-IT firms include industries from a wide range of sectors including but not limited to transport and logistics; education; healthcare as well as banking and financial services. Each of these sectors and even companies within the same sector, however, require unique solutions suited to their own needs. Many organizations also follow a blended approach by mixing outsourcing with in-house expertise to develop the necessary solutions.

Leading Offshore Software Development Priorities

Many companies across the world are currently engaged in developing new software products/applications according to the requirements of clients. New software development is expected to account for a major portion of the software revenue in 2012 and beyond. A close second is the requirement for companies to upgrade their existing software application by integrating new technologies/modules into their already deployed solutions. In 2012, the integration aspect is expected to gain more ground as new technologies/applications increase the benefits provided to organizations by the current solutions. The main benefit of such integration is the reduced deployment time for the company as well as the decreased cost of development as compared to in-house development. The consumerism of IT (CoIT) trend is also beginning to affect the market as users demand a superior user experience delivered by these solutions. As the market for solutions which go beyond delivering basic functionality expands in 2012 and beyond, the focus of many an offshore software development company is expected to shift towards using new technology to develop better User Interface (UI) and graphics for solutions, which were deployed earlier in the enterprise. Such development is often classified as custom software development, is also expected to witness robust grow among offshore development companies in the year 2012 as well as the recent future driven by increases demand across multiple industries.

Other key functional areas for offshore software development operations include performance improvement-based software development as well as the continued maintenance and support for existing solutions. As more and more companies deploy software solutions in order to gain a competitive advantage in the intensely competitive market, the number of performance enhancement contracts between organizations and offshore software development firms is expected to increase. Another software development area expected to witness rapid growth in 2012 is the development of dedicated mobile apps. The focus on developing apps for mobile is expected to continue in the recent future driven by increased enterprise mobility requirements and the growing adoption of BYOD (bring your own device) philosophy by enterprises. A related area which is forecast to grow in 2012 is the development of cloud apps for use by the enterprise as well as the development of improved security solutions to ensure superior data security and compliance with all existing regulations of data protection.

Leading Deployment Areas for Software developed at Offshore Locations

The requirement of software developed by offshore centers is not limited to any specific industry therefore the list of probable deployment areas is quite large and expected to grow further in 2012 as technological advancements open up new application areas. However, the development of data storage/management/Business Intelligence software is expected to be the leading business area for offshore software developers in 2012. Such solutions are deployed by a wide range of industries to cope with the explosion of digital data and facilitate an informed decision-making procedure, which is expected to propel continued growth of the Business Intelligence solutions market. Other leading deployment areas for software developed at leading offshore locations include applications required by the financial and healthcare sectors as well as solutions deployed for managing processes/projects and applications which are necessary to facilitate enterprise-wide networking and communications. Other areas of interest for these companies in 2012 include applications for facilitating the deployment of e-commerce, CRM, content (document) management platforms, online analytics etc. Overall, in 2012 and beyond, the industry is expected to witness robust growth as companies increase their IT expenditure with the intention of gaining a competitive advantage in the market.

Development Platforms Preferred by Outsourcing Enterprises

Among the available software/application development platforms currently in use today, internet/web-based development platforms are expected to dominate the offshore development market in 2012. However, enterprise application development platforms and SaaS/Cloud-based platforms are also expected to witness growth as more organizations issue contracts for new solutions based on these emerging platforms. The emergence of BYOD is also expected to result in the development of various mobile platform-based applications in the recent future, while desktop application and embedded platforms are expected to witness only marginal growth in 2012 due to the perceived restrictions inherent to these platforms.

Leading Offshore Destinations around the World

Over the years, India has traditionally been the leading offshore software development destination for firms based in the US and Europe. This situation is not expected to change in 2012 even though emerging players are expected to partially erode India’s current lead in the global offshore development market. Emerging markets, where organizations are currently outsourcing their software development requirements include Central and South America mainly Brazil and Mexico; various countries in Eastern Europe; China; countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam; as well as Russia and Ukraine. Over the next few years, these emerging players are expected to provide stiff competition to software development centers based in India. The key criterion for competition among these offshore development centers is forecast to include overall cost, development quality, project/client handling procedures and the total development time required. However, even in the face of such challenges, India is expected to retain a dominant position in the global offshore software development market in the year 2012 as well as in the recent future.

How Do You Become a Software Developer?

Software developers create computer programs or specialized applications that make it possible for people to use computers. One example of software that was created by developers is a word processor. Another is a spreadsheet. People without technical skills use the programs that are created by a developer.

Developers of software also create another type of software known as “operating system software”. This is the program that controls how computers interact with the hardware and other application software. Microsoft Windows™ is an example of operating system software. It allows humans to use computer hardware so that work can be accomplished.

Software developers analyze user needs and create custom programs as well as test and deploy them. Developers write instructions or documentation for the programs they create, maintain the software and make modifications as needed. Software developers need to have a background in programming but they may supervise or direct a team of programmers working for them. Developers supervise the building of information systems to support organizational goals.

There are specialized software developers, too. A good example would be the individuals who work on game development or in writing specialized programs for mobile devices or other consumer applications. A writer of computer code for environmental control systems, for example, would require an expert developer of software for the equipment.

Becoming a software developer requires a strong background in programming. A four-year college degree in computer information systems or computer science is normally considered to be the minimum to become a developer. Developers use computer languages, developer platforms and other software tools such as flowcharts and context diagrams. Ideally the developer would also need to possess specialized knowledge associated with the field in which he or she is working (i.e. healthcare, law enforcement, etc.).

Developers of software need to be analytical and possess excellent communication skills. They must enjoy working to produce a product that is subject to extensive testing and re-writing of computer code. Writers of software must be able to use logic and reasoning to create solutions to complex problems and must also possess superior judgment.

A developer’s career path would most likely have begun as a programmer working as part of a development team. An individual beginning as a programmer would gradually assume more responsibility, gain more knowledge and experience and be given increasingly more important tasks. Certification would be a plus.

A software developer’s career would benefit from obtaining certification as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer. It requires knowledge of Video Studio. Other levels of certification are provided by various vendors including SUN Microsystems™. The IEEE has two: Certified Software Developer Associate and Certified Software Developer Professional.

The salary of software developers in 2012 ranged from $59,750 to $122,750. The outlook for employment is strong. There is a continuing demand as developer of software, especially in the area of product manager. The growth in the number of positions between now and 2020 is estimated to be 30%.

Becoming a software developer requires extensive knowledge and experience but the rewards are significant.

Processes Involved in Software Development Project

A software development process is a structure to be followed while developing a new software product. There are different types of process models having certain cycles or phases involving various kinds of activities.

Project Kick Off is defined as the initialization of a project. It is an initial plan or proposal describing the main functionality and procedure of a project. Project kick off also narrates the responsibility of the key members in a project, and also describes about the people who are in need of this project.In a nutshell, Project kick off is the method of producing a overall plan for a project at its initiation phase.

Requirement Gathering is usually the first part or segment of a software project. It is the initial stage of product development. In this stage, a thorough market analysis is performed in order to access the real demand of potential customers. Sales and marketing people are mainly involved in requirement gathering stage of a software project. Their analysis helps the developer to develop the software as per the current market demand.

Prototype Development is an important phase in a software development process. The developers first time develop the software as per their conceptual analysis and design with most likely material in this stage. Thus, a through evaluation of design, material, product structure is performed in this stage. Development is a very important stage of software process, where the software is being developed using agile methodology or traditional waterfall method. This step also consists of several sub steps. A traditional waterfall method is based on planning, where as agile methodology works on present feedback.

Software Testing is a pivotal step in any software development project. It determines the quality of software by several industry standard techniques. Software testing is a step to find out the existing bug in newly developed software. There are several testing methods are used named black box testing, white box testing, grey box testing and so on.

Production Roll Out is the next stage where the team of software developers works in full production deployment. In this phase, all of the conceptual designs are tested and modified or refined by implementing in a pilot project. During this phase, testing and other associated supportive activity also have an importance in order to validate the iterative cycles of production deployment.

Knowledge Transfer is another vital aspect of a software process. Knowledge transfer and training go hand by hand in a process. An assessment is needed to conduct among the key workers in a project ensuring their capability while undertaking a particular area of implementation in a software project. A training material is crafted under the guidance of the experts and approved after a through scrutiny. This quality training material is distributed to the key players in the project and the knowledge is transferred as per the project requirement in order to implement the knowledge in different modules of product development.

Post Deployment Software Support is another critical step in a software development process. It is almost essential to provide quality support for the newly implemented software and to trouble shoot the possible problems.

Altisnet follow all these steps with a scientific approach and with a technology driven manner. We are confident to provide you the best product development solution. We have created a dedicated development environment, Quality assurance environment, stage environment and production environment to maintain the industry standard in the software development process.