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5 trends that any aspiring Software Engineer should know about December 19, 2011

Posted by kbrendelmu in Software Engineering.
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Below are 5 Trends that any aspiring Software Engineer should know about:

Real Analytics

Company executives are more and more looking for real time analytics of complex business needs. They are often times looking for these analytics to be delivered and compiled quickly if not automatically. This is because the insights from all the data collected can be used to drive companies in certain directions or allow them to make important business decisions. Software engineers will need to stay current in this area and be planning on how to quickly bring analytics data to the user.

Social Computing

Social Computing is becoming the way for many organizations. I.T. departments are going to need to embrace adopting to things like document collaboration. Microsoft’s SharePoint is good example of an application that fits into Social Computing.  In addition companies are using social media sites to gain another voice to their customers and listen to their customers ideas and complaints directly. It is also important for organizations to develop guidelines and policies to protect themselves from information they may not want publicly available becoming so. Software engineers need to think when developing software to look to include some social computing functionality because that is what big business is looking for.

User Engagement

User Engagement is very important for the software development lifecycle. According to the DeLoitte 2011 Trends article business users today are typically connected to 8 systems every day. When the end user is switching between programs to accomplish their job anything done to reduce mouse clicks or access the needed information quicker can greatly improve their efficiency.  Software Engineers need to consider making the application Intuitive so that the user doesn’t need special training to figure out how to perform the basic functions. Software Engineers also need to learn what they end users common functions are and look into Interoperability between applications. Engineers also should consider portability because it allows for users to get access to functionality from their mobile devices.

Applied Mobility

Companies are realizing that today mobile computing is becoming commonplace with individuals. Users access much more information in 2011 then they ever have in the past with their mobile devices such as smartphones. As a result companies are seeing new marketing opportunities, and business opportunities that were not available to them before. Software developers need to plan for incorporating mobile applications, mobile websites or access to company information via mobile devices to stay competitive in today’s market.

Capatibility Clouds

Cloud computing has been a buzzword in the I.T. communities for a few years now. Concepts such as Software as a Service and virtualization are becoming more prevalent. Cloud computing gives organizations the ability to access unlimited computing power and storage. They can use cloud services permanently or for short-term projects. The key benefits are of course the ability to get tasks done quicker, cheaper or both. In addition the flexibility that cloud computing adds to data access can be used to improve user efficiency. Software Engineers need to explore opportunities to incorporate cloud functionality into their software where applicable. It is also important to look at the risks involved with cloud computing. Once you start storing your data in the cloud it is being stored on someone else’s servers, servers that you don’t control the security settings for. Cloud computing may not be the best spot to store critical company secrets or financial data.

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