Trends in software development: Guest Lecture at Amity Business School, India


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A general lecture on major trends and current issues in (global) software development. The presentation compares the outlook for IT in Ireland and India, identifies major trends and current issues in software development and looks at the applicability of agile methods for the future

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  • Trends in software development: Guest Lecture at Amity Business School, India

    1. 1. Dr Niamh O Riordan Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway July, 2013
    2. 2.  Ireland  India  Major trends  Current issues  Common thread  Implications ◦ Absorptive capacity ◦ Agility ◦ Business ecosystems Dr Niamh O Riordan
    3. 3. “Our concentration on the digital economy is paying off... Software exports now total €23bn and The National Skills Survey showed a 6pc growth in ICT jobs, now employing 73,000 people There is “a gap of up to 5,000 skilled positions at ICT companies in Ireland today” “We will need to rely on inward migration for sourcing highly experienced IT professionals and those with multilingual skills until the level of domestic supply can be built over the next five years”
    4. 4. The share of IT (mainly software) in total exports increased from 1 percent in 2001 to 18 percent in 2012. IT-enabled services such as backoffice operations, remote maintenance, public call centers, and other bulk processing are rapidly expanding. Bangalore: The Silicon Valley of India Dr Niamh O Riordan
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    6. 6. 1. Big data and actionable analytics 2. In memory computing 3. Cloud computing 4. Mobile apps 5. The Internet of things Dr Niamh O Riordan
    7. 7. A. Future Networks & Communications Scalability, capacity, throughput, mobility and trust B. Data Analytics, Management, Security & Privacy Smart data C. Digital Platforms, Content & Applications Human-Machine Interface, multi-media, multi-modal service creation environment D. Connected Health and Independent Living Technologies that facilitate remote delivery of healthcare and assisted living Medical Devices F. Diagnostics Personalised medicine/companion diagnostics, nutrition related diagnostics, point of- care devices K. Smart Grids & Smart Cities Effective management of complex infrastructure systems using software, sensor hardware, control and interface systems Dr Niamh O Riordan
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    9. 9. 1. Big data and actionable analytics Querying, visualisation, data governance, audience 2. In memory computing Standards, recovery, distributed archi, monitoring 3. Cloud computing Security, legislation, identity management, availability 4. Mobile apps Privacy and security, usability, revenue models 5. The Internet of things Situational awareness, sensor driven analytics, process optimisation, complex autonomous systems Dr Niamh O Riordan
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    11. 11.  “Big data has become a major driver of IT spending. The benefits to organizations for adding big data to their information management and analytics infrastructure will force a more rapid cycle of replacing existing solutions.”  The most demanding use of the Internet of Things involves the rapid, real-time sensing of unpredictable conditions and instantaneous responses guided by automated systems  “The conventional notion of business analytics as a reporting and analytics platform is passé. Business today requires real-time decision making and forward-looking analytics.”  The Internet of Things has the potential to transform industries and the way we live… enterprises [must] assess the levels of risk, maturity and hype that are associated with a transformative early-stage trend Dr Niamh O Riordan
    12. 12. The age of sustainable competitive advantage is no more… Tomorrow’s successful competitor 1. Quickly sense what is happening in the environment 2. Rapidly and proactively respond to change 3. In a coordinated fashion Dr Niamh O Riordan
    13. 13. Agility is based on a continual READINESS to rapidly or inherently CREATE change, to proactively or reactively EMBRACE change, and to LEARN from change Dr Niamh O Riordan
    14. 14.  is not my area… but is based on: ◦ delivering value to the customer; ◦ being ready for change; ◦ valuing human knowledge and skills; ◦ forming virtual partnerships. Dr Niamh O Riordan
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    16. 16. Given what we’ve said about the major trends and current issues in software development in general, and in global software development in particular, how would YOU evaluate the potential of agile methods? Dr Niamh O Riordan
    17. 17. Dr Niamh O Riordan This research is supported by the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP), funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, administered by the HEA and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and also supported in part by Science Foundation Ireland grant 10/CE/I1855 to Lero.