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.

Jobs in Software Development – Challenging Road to a Lucrative Career

When one thinks about jobs in software development or related areas, one cannot help but think of India. This is because Indian software professionals have proved themselves all over the world by developing great products and services to benefit this industry. A career in software development, however, cannot develop without the effort and the right kind of skills.

Jobs in software development are very demanding. People opting for this career have to prepare for long hours of work and stress at work. In addition, with the increasing competition companies are always on the lookout for professionals fresh out of college willing to work at a lower salary. Therefore, professionals in this industry have to make sure that they are the best in their area.

Planning your education is one of the first step towards getting a job in software development. You want to get an edge over the other candidates by acquiring the correct degree or certification and accumulating the experience along the way. In addition, evaluating your credentials from time to time and updating yourself puts you in a better position to apply for a new job in the field.

Along with the degree and certification, professionals in this field also need to hone their soft skills like making presentations, learning how to effectively communicate and getting along with all kinds of people. Fortunately, there are various organizations that teach young professionals how to master the skills that not only help them with job interviews but also handle different assignments and offshore objects during their career.

Getting through an interview can be tough, especially with so many people applying for the same job. Preparing for an interview (by reading books, talking to people with more experience than you do) will place you in better position than other candidates. If you are determined to be successful in this career, start now! Luck is preparation. Collect the information that is necessary for you to get the proper educational qualifications for the job. Then work towards the other skills that will give you an edge over others.

Change is inevitable. Gone are the days when people held the same job for years and there was no need for them to update themselves or learn new things. If you do not learn, you become obsolete – there are new softwares being developed every day. In this day and age of change, software developers need to be on their toes so that they can keep their jobs and continue to move up the ladder.

Software Development and IT Services Are Not Just For Information Technology!

A large number of people are involved in software development to a variety of industries and services. There is no limit to this profession since the advent of computers and the Internet. Some of the most prominent IT outlets for the software specialists are financial services, banking, archives, federal agencies, governmental offices, and public services. The profession is not limited to this alone and can be seen active in many other areas or disciplines that include commercial activities, education, entertainment, travel and transportation etc. It is of interest to delve into the activities of contracting and contract vehicles that control the management of our financial and legal sector as this is quite significant in the governmental agencies who deal with a large number of companies and organizations in the course of governance.

Many organizations have evolved in providing services of information technology to the Government and as such have become authorized bodies for various federal and state departments all over the nation. The job of managing such affairs that are always open to the public domain and criticism is quite difficult and requires a great deal of ethics and comprehension. The legal needs of such organizations are therefore vast and they must be fully aware of the various laws and procedures in serving contractual obligations of any Contract Vehicle.

The professional organization that deals with contract vehicles is obviously interested in having the most qualified ethical staff that they can get for the type of services they are engaged in. Consequently the people who work in such companies providing database services to the governmental agencies need to be highly competent and knowledgeable and must be chosen with care. The training imparted by the Information Technology agency has to be of premier quality and consistent output. Come to think of it, the job requires more or less the same acumen as in the legal profession and it can be truly equated to that level of expertise and integrity. In conclusion, if you find a certain company retained by the government agencies the trust level must be very high and that IT Services or software development organization must be placed on a fairly high pedestal within the Government circles.