While already on the rise, the post-COVID world amped up the need for more apps, systems, and tech-driven innovations. Innovations like DoorDash or rent applications like Rently saw extensive growth when the whole world was forced to go remote. Companies needed to adopt digital processes to achieve top customer experience and improve operations.
The world of digital is powered by software developers. According to Evans Data Corporation, last year there were about 23.9 million software developers. While this may seem like a lot, the field is actually facing a shortage. Estimates estimate that the demand for software is twice the current supply of developers. Meaning, organizations and business leaders are having to prioritize their ambitions and forego some of their dreams.
It’s really simple: you get what you pay for. In North America, the cost of software development is somewhere shy of 10% of the entire GDP of the United States!
One method that NX has created for keeping up with this demand is the creation of the Project Captain, a new type of development, while the software manager remains laser-focused on results. As with all tech initiatives, fixing errors down the line is significantly costlier than getting it right in the first place. Often, people try and go out and find the cheapest developers and engineers they can, then suffer from the results years down the road.
More expensive isn’t always better. NX has personally overseen the firing of $150 an hour software developers, only to hire $20 an hour overseas workers and get more done, faster. A lot of traditional software agencies never brush up on new skills and end up installing outdated technology. This hidden cost eats businesses all over the world.
Quality in Software Development?
One point highlighted by experts in many areas is that there are really no clear standards or guidelines in outlining and measuring the quality of a software product. Certifications, experience, and cost don’t always equate to quality in development. Instead, quality is determined by factors like downtime, how fast and easy it is to make new changes, and the ease of use of the system.
At the end of the day, functional software is fairly obvious. If you have software that runs well but gets hacked all the time exposing sensitive data, you don’t have quality software. Efficiency, security, maintainability, and scalability are all very difficult to measure but are required in instilling a culture of quality in development.
Poor quality and low-cost software development is a tarnish on your brand’s reputation. Trying to cut corners on software development is going to impact your brand in a world where key software and data access is growing more and more important by the minute.