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.

Software Development Technology – Higher Education

The need for educated individuals to work on developing computer software for a variety of reasons is growing as technology grows. In order to fully be capable of working in this industry students must earn a higher education in software development technology. Technology and computer based schools offer degree programs for interested students. There are a number of things one should know prior to enrolling.

1) The opportunities in higher education are specifically designed to generate well-rounded students that can contribute to computer software development. Computer software is related to everything from multimedia interfaces and design procedures to operating systems. Higher education offers students the chance to enter a degree program in software development technology or applications development. Students should expect to find that most programs of this nature are undergraduate degrees. Graduate degrees typically focus on the engineering side of software development leaving students with multiple degree options in software engineering. The undergraduate degrees are a great way to enter the industry prepared for entry-level careers.

2) An associate’s degree challenges students to develop necessary skills in logical and algorithmic analysis. Study dives into design techniques, programming systems, and working with relational databases. Curriculum is concentrated on looking at all services and applications students need to know for development practices. The main overall goal of a program at this level is to have students gain practical programming techniques with the use of superior problem-solving skills. Graduating from a program usually requires around 96 credit hours, which include courses on programming, web design, software development lifecycle, and web scripting. Students learn how to work with personal and business computers. On a personal level a course examines how to operate systems. Concepts and terminology on all hardware components and the function they serve. This knowledge coupled with software development technology skills prepares students for the work they will conduct in the industry.

3) A software applications development bachelor’s degree program teaches students the skills needed to pursue careers in areas like software design, development, programming, management, and process design. A foundation in programming skills is formed preparing students to work with different computer languages and platforms. Colleges integrate this information with theory and method of software engineering procedures and standards. Many bachelor programs like this one could require students to complete approximately 180 credit hours. Education is broken down into courses that focus on general education as well as core courses. With degree specific courses students learn about application design, programming, web service, software development, database design, and program implementation. To widen knowledge a course on contemporary world culture can be taken to address the impact of electronic communication and globalization. The course centers on how fast technological advances has influenced the world. Students are able to continue education or enter into a career as a software engineer or a software programmer.

Students can step into the fast growing industry of software development by learning how to use the latest technology. Accredited programs are designed to prepare students for the industry in both technique and software-based programs. Full accreditation is provided by agencies like the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training ( http://www.accet.org ) to programs that offer a quality education. The world of software development is available to students through a higher education degree.

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How to Choose a Software Development Company

In this era of computer and internet, software related services have been continuously in demand. These days almost every field requires IT products to carry out their work effectively and efficiently. Even if we look at small entrepreneurs they also rely on various online tools as it reduces their effort and saves a lot of time. Moreover its application varies from internet ticketing, education, banking and health centers to business promotion. Thus the need of choosing a reliable and effective IT development company originates. These companies help in providing different online tools that inculcates user needs in the form of its diverse application. As a successful online tool application drives good business to a particular company in several ways.

There are various such companies across the globe but choosing a particular one requires various factors to be looked upon. These includes experience, reliability and authenticity, expertise and proficiency, by looking onto their credentials, asking for referrals, their flexibility according to users need, assurance, have knowledge about their past clients, insure proper security needs etc. The factors help in identifying a particular company that will cater to your needs in the following ways:

1. Rich and Diverse Experience: Gathering knowledge about company’s experience means to examine the entire portfolio of a company and to look for their past work. This provides insight to recognition and reputation aspect of a company. It helps you in checking provider’s competency in that field.

2. Examine their credentials: It means to check their reliability and authenticity in the market. The main aim is to check their business goals and market reputation by looking into their testimonials and portfolios.

3. Assurance: Assurance means to build a long term relationship with customers.

4. Flexibility: It means to mold oneself according to the user’s needs. As requirement of a particular project changes frequently so success of a company lies in adaptability to these changes.

5. Ensures proper security: Selecting a software development company means that you have to share some of your important information with them. So outline your security issues carefully while choosing a company.

6. The process: While selecting a company always look for the design process of a company as it helps in knowing its mode of operation.

So above factors will definitely help you in selecting proper IT Development Company.