It has been 30 years since the World Wide Web was created, with British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee setting out the blueprint for an information management system in March 1989.
Software development is something that most large companies are involved in these days, whether they’re a software business or not.
Knowing you need a better software quality process and actually being able to pick the right programmes for your needs are very different things. There is a huge variety of options available these days that some companies can find choosing software incredibly daunting.
Ryan Bonnici, CMO at G2 Crowd, was reported by Forbes as advising firms to make their decision easier by working out what you need the software for in the first place.
For instance, you can find programs for sales, customer relationship management, human recourses and marketing to name a few. Within each sector, there are also subcategories too, so the best way to get started is to ascertain what benefits you are looking to gain and search for the programs that offer these.
it might also be worth looking into the likes of software development and quality-related programs such as defect management, application life cycle management, and build and deployment tools – which we here at Experimentus can help with.
“It’s worth taking the time to consider which is best for you based on the needs of your business,” Mr Bonnici stated.
He also recommended considering the size of your business and how many staff members will use the software. A firm with fewer than 50 employees will have very different requirements to a multi-national company with thousands of workers.
By determining how many people will operate the technology, you can work out what functions you need it to serve. A smaller company will demand less from their software than a huge one.
The expert also recommended keeping options open and consider new software from different companies as your business evolves and your needs change.
“Some of the most efficiently run businesses mix and match software from dozens of companies,” Mr Bonnici commented.
Whatever IT software you choose, it is best to give it a lot of consideration to avoid wasting time and money on programmes you will not end up using.
According to 1E, businesses typically wasted 37 per cent of their software budget in 2015, amounting to $30 billion (£22.9 billion) spent on technology that was irrelevant to their business’ needs.
No matter the size of business or organisation you run, it’s essential that you prioritise the use of software test resources so you know you’re doing all you can to protect yourself against hacking and cyber crime.
Unfortunately, no one is safe these days and a good defence is most certainly you’re best offence when it comes to keeping your networks safe. Reuters has just reported on one of the most high profile cyber attacks to hit Australia, with its national parliament targeted by hackers earlier this month (February).
Although there is no evidence as yet that any data has been compromised or stolen, all those on site were instructed to reset the passwords on their computer networks as a precaution.
Director of the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney James Der Derian suggested that in order to carry out an attack of this nature, the perpetrators would need to have access to all sorts of big resources, so it’s most likely that a state-backed hacker is behind it.
Speaker of the lower House of Representatives Tony Smith and president of the upper house Senate Scott Ryan issued a joint statement on the matter, saying: “We have no evidence that this is an attempt to influence the outcome of parliamentary processes or to disrupt or influence electoral or political processes … Accurate attribution of a cyber incident takes time and investigations are being undertaken in conjunction with the relevant security agencies.”
If you’re worried about being targeted in a similar manner, it might be worth having a free health check carried out across the board so you know how well you’re performing and identify and control the inherent risks involved in your operations.