Select the Right Destination to Outsource Your Software Development Activities

Gone are the days when India was known as the land of snake charmers. That dubious tag is no longer used to introduce the country. Not long ago, foreign countries were used to conceiving India as a place of poor, helpless and unhealthy inhabitants. But as the country is improving in virtually every sector, ranging from industry to sports, it is now considered a rapidly developing nation. The exponential growth of India’s reputation can be partly accredited to the rise in skilled manpower in the IT and ITES sector.

The major reasons for this prolific growth are the large quantity of educational colleges and universities offering specialized IT education, a rapid increase in the literacy rate and the growing empowerment of women. The booming IT sector in the country is leading to mounting significance of software developers in India. They have proficiency in technological field and fluency in English that eradicates communication blockades. A substantially low price is also charged by them for high quality works.

A very important strategy followed by the offshore software development firms in India is to build a management strategy specific to the business development of the client corporation. They also prioritize essential activities such as supply chain management, human resource development, understanding of cultural differences, good communication skills, etc. These particular rationales have helped software developers to earn unbeatable reputation in the worldwide scenario.

Outsourcing various technical works to a software development company in India helps to accomplish a multitude of purposes such as IT requirements, banking solutions, legal requirements and e-commerce solutions. When we emphasize the importance of outsourcing software development works to other firms rather than indigenously developing them, we will come across various reasons for that. The first and foremost reason is the unavailability of knowledgeable, dedicated and skillful professionals. Another imperative reason is the requirement of specialized information technology for only short periods of time.

Employing professionals for short periods of time encompasses the consumption of essential time and resources unnecessarily. Therefore, overseas companies prefer outsourcing their works to doing the same tasks at own expenses. Time management is also a crucial reason as the time engrossed in technical jobs can be utilized in more productive ways to develop and expand business operations.

Software development companies in India save so much of the precious times for the client’s management processes. Outsourcing technical jobs pertaining to software development and website management can provide you with skilled manpower that will lessen your hassles and worries.

Outsourced Software Development procedures also put aside quandaries regarding the employees’ insurance, health, pension and other related aspects. The diminished number of labor laws and the liberalness exercised by India as compared to any other nation make them lucrative option for large blue chip, midsize and small companies.

The factors to consider before choosing an apt offshore software development company in India are high level of experience, quick turnaround time, null delay due to time zone gap, experienced and proficient professionals that do not miss deadlines, good command over English, reliable and dedicated workforce, and unsurpassed time management. All these factors are matched by most software development companies in India, thereby making them highly desirable for outsourcing projects.

Open Source Software – an Educator’s Overview

I have always been keen on taking advantage of free offers. Given the choice between a fast food meal with a freebie or one without, I’ll plump for the mystery envelope every time. It’s human nature, and marketers know it well.

Even in 1979, when I bought my first home computer, there were user groups who supplied type-in listings for a nominal charge. When I bought the first of a series of Atari ST computers in the ’80s and ’90s, I was a regular customer and contributor to a public domain (PD) software library. Fast forward to the end of the ’90s and I was distributing the source code to a number of simple educational flash games to other teachers over the internet.

So that’s my credentials. Like many others, however, I have received much more from open source software than I have ever put in. For the uninitiated, it is worth explaining a few definitions here:

Shareware Software: is free to try, but there is a moral obligation to register your software with its creator and receive upgrades and support in return for a fee. The evaluation period may last for a reasonable length of time after which some features of the software may become unusable.

The Public Domain: if the creator of a work relinquishes all his rights to his intellectual property, it enters the public domain and can be used by others to create derivative works or profit from it without payment of any fees or need for some form of license.

License: many creators who wish to share their intellectual property with others will give away limited rights that allow the user to do a range of things – but still maintain overall control of the way their work is used. Many open source software developers will use the GNU Public License (GPL) as a framework for stating how their work can be used.

Open source software does not have to be synonymous with poorly written undocumented utilities that nobody else wants. Here are a few of my favourites:

Open Office: a fully-fledged office suite, word-processor, spreadsheet, presentation software and graphics package. The fact that these programs will export both PDF format to be read by Adobe Acrobat reader and SWF flash files for use on the web makes them incredibly useful to me. They are the main application software that I use on my laptop.

The GIMP: an image processing package with enough features to rival Photoshop. For younger artists, my daughters love Tux Paint with its variety of stamps and special features.

Moodle: an open source content management system specifically designed for educators. There are plenty of other open source CMS packages available for blogging or running your own web portal.

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.