Monday, March 3, 2008

The Power of Software Development

According to a recent survey, when asked to consider what they want from solution providers, 17% of IT executives indicate a desire for Software Development Services. This is almost double the percentage that report wanting Project Management services (9%).

This suggest two important trends may be surfacing.
First, many organizations are starting to view technology project management as a required corporate competency. If they aren't getting these services from solution providers then they are expecting their internal staff to lead software initiatives. Thus, they likely building up and staffing in-house project management offices accordingly. Thus, the proprietary "project management methodologies" that professional services firms & divisions brag on will have less value in the marketplace than they did just a few years ago.

Second, these IT executives realize the power of true customization. Notice that they are not looking for configuration services, but for Software Development. I'm pointing out the obvious when I claim that there is a huge difference between the two. But developing new custom applications against core operational systems brings the data collected in those systems out into the open. It opens up new avenues for accountability and quality improvements, processing time reductions and cost-savings. In the hands of a skilled product development team, this kind of information can improve a firm's competitive profile in weeks instead of years.

Credit were credit is due: eWeek Channel Insider

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