A Career Path in Software Development: Not Easy But Challenging and Lucrative

Software development is easily considered one of the most respectable career paths to attain, at least in my home city – Bangalore and amongst family members. It is considered this way because a) a job in the software sector pays you pretty well, and b) it is and always has been a lucrative industry to work in which has a defined career ladder that you can climb real fast, provided you show impeccable performance.

I have termed software development to be “not an easy job” simply because of the existence of a very complicated structure and process in place. Firstly, there is a strict education process that needs to be cleared that would give you a degree in software development. The education would expect you to go through years of complex process training sessions. Secondly, there is the tough task of finally getting into the actual job in an organization that is not only renowned, but also promises growth; and by growth I do not only mean professional growth but again growth in terms of learning and personal abilities.

Well, it doesn’t end there once the career growth assurance is given by a reputed firm. There is a lot of individual performance that needs to be portrayed that is worth being recognized, complimented and rewarded. It is like that old cliche – hard work always pays off.

Open Source Software Development

A very new source of software development and one that is very rapidly gaining recognition in the world of technology is – Open Source. A short quote from Wikipedia states “Open source software development is the process by which open source software (or similar software whose source code is publicly available) is developed. In simple terms it means that an existing software code is worked on and upgraded and the code derived would be of open source in nature (one that is available for free).

Now, this is another space that an aspiring software developer would want to enter. Here the developer could work as a freelancer, develop customized software using open source software codes and then sell it to a client as per his/ her requirements. The reason why there is the mention of the fact that open source software gaining rapid popularity is because FOSS (Free Open Source Software) has posed immense competition to proprietary software firms – the ones that are considered as the real destination points of software developers.

Whilst studying, undergoing training, hunting for an appropriate job in an appropriate firm and ensuring the building of a sensible and growth-oriented career, there is one and the single most essential thing that you will enjoy out of doing all this hard work. And that is – HAPPINESS. Happiness of possessing a respectable job, happiness of being in a lucrative growth-driven career, and happiness of earning good money.

Game Software Development – Benefits of Online Education

Video games are a multi billion-dollar industry that is increasing its sales annually. Gamers; people who play video games consistently, are adept at using technology and are always ready for the next big smash hit game to keep them occupied. Individuals with a passion for video games or who want to create the many different aspects that make up a fantasy world can gain education online. Many accredited online colleges offer degrees in game software development, which will teach individuals the necessary skills to build software for games.

  • Gaining an Education

There are numerous benefits to gaining a degree in game software development online. Students will be able to set their own learning pace; meaning a student can choose how slow they move through a course or how fast they want to complete the course. Students are able to choose what days they want to take courses and they take courses in the comfort of their own homes. Every year more traditional colleges add online education paths and students can utilize this to work through a degree if they can’t attend a campus based school. Distance learning allows a student to interact with their profession completely over the Internet. A student can sign up for classes, buy textbooks, submit homework, take exams, and more online. Another benefit is that online schooling allows disabled individuals to earn a degree from home if they are unable to commute to a campus.

  • Education Levels

Online colleges offer a variety of degrees that will be beneficial to students because they can earn an education from a certificate to a bachelor’s degree. Most colleges offer a degree up to a bachelor’s, however, some schools offer a master’s degree in game art and design. This degree is a direct extension of game software development.

  • Coursework

Let’s look at what software developing is to gain a better understanding of the role it plays in game creation and what a degree program would consist of. Online courses will teach students how to design, test, and maintain software that will meet specific functions for game users. Education will encompass multiple computer languages and methods of use that will train future software developers to be successful in the industry. Students will learn how to do this through mathematics, prototyping, engineering, and more. Students will benefit from a wide range of courses that will prepare them for the professional work place and will enable them to become a vital part of the industry. Courses can include game analysis, playability, artificial intelligence for games, game software projects, fundamentals of game engine development, and more.

  • Career Possibilities

Another benefit to online training in this field is the wide range of jobs available for educated individuals. Within game software development an individual can choose a career in both technical and creative avenues of the industry. For example, engine programmers create the software that makes the game work. Artificial intelligence programmers create lifelike qualities and put them into game characters. Another career option within software development is the graphic programmer who uses the programs written by game developers to build the world inside the game.

The benefits of an accredited online education will give students the necessary skills to be successful in a wide range of jobs. A quality education can be received through schools and colleges that carry full accreditation from agencies like the Distance Education and Training Council (www.detc.org). Don’t let you passion for games pass you by. Make your love for games a career and start your education today by searching accredited online schools that offer a program that fits your personal goals.

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Outsourcing Software Development – Known and Less Known Benefits of Outsourcing

The rapid developments in technology have pushed globalization to a new era. These developments have definitely affected business operations and sprouted the trend of outsourcing.

Outsourcing and specifically outsourcing software development has now become one of the main and viable business operation strategies that companies are looking to implement or have already implemented. In order to stay competitive in their respective industries, a lot of companies have already shifted to outsourcing.

However, there are still those that are reluctant to outsource. Some of these challenges may be pinpointed to logistics, language and cultural barriers.

Despite all these challenges, outsourcing still offers a lot benefits and advantages for companies. There are many benefits, that companies can utilize.

Cost reduction

One of the biggest and highlighted benefits of outsourcing is definitely the reduction of costs. These costs are in terms of reduction of labor costs, and utility expenses. With outsourcing, you may save in office space, rental fees, utilities, additional employee benefits, resource add-on requisition costs, and training and certification costs.

These reductions in costs can mean millions of dollars in savings for the company. This is usually a driving force for companies to shift to outsourcing.

But unfortunately, many times this is the only reason companies use outsourcing.

Increase in productivity

Another benefit of software development outsourcing is the potential increase in productivity. You can set up your outsourcing project the way so it isn’t limited to specific operating hours. You can have your business operating on a 24/7 basis.

Increased in productivity with minimal costs is definitely something companies are always striving to do.

Wider resource pool

Software development outsourcing can widen up the resource pool of your company. Building a talent pool of experts and extremely smart and productive employees is definitely not easy. But because you’re not limited to the resources in one place or one country, your company has a bigger chance of finding the right people for the job.

Filtering all through the hundreds of talents one by one in can be difficult and time consuming. Finding the right outsourcing vendor is also not easy, but will be worth in a long run once you get the right company.

Diversification

Moreover, outsourcing also helps you to diversify your team. Each individual contributor coming from a different background means different point of view and different knowledge.

This healthy segment of resources with different educational and practical backgrounds and varying approaches could definitely bring a fresh air to any organization.

With all the benefits of outsourcing, it is definitely something that your business could look into as an option. Software development outsourcing is already changing the way the business is done today.