Software development and delivery
Software underpins many of the basic activities we perform on a regular basis. Whether it’s using coupons at the grocery store, practicing a musical instrument, servicing your car, watching television, or even signing up for a parent-teacher conference (a newly automated process in our school district), software continues to permeate the day-to-day activities we are involved in at work, home, and play.
With software at the root of many of the activities in our daily lives, it is no wonder that companies increasingly are viewing software development as a strategic competency, and not some mysterious back-office function that remains buried within the organization. Our recent study, “The software edge: How software development and delivery drives competitive advantage,” tapped into the views of more than 400 business executives around the world. Of those surveyed, 54% believe that software is critical for developing competitive advantage within their industries.
At the same time though, only 25% of the companies surveyed think they are able to use their software development capabilities to differentiate themselves from their peers. They struggle with incorporating new technologies such as mobile, collaborative technologies, the explosion of unstructured data, cloud, and intelligent systems – more than 75% say they are
Yet, we found that there are some companies that are able to harness their software delivery capabilities. These “Advanced” companies are able to balance the demands of usability, flexibility, speed, and reliability in their software projects. They are applying agile, continuous delivery techniques and actively measuring the economic value of their software portfolio. They are collaborating more effectively across the entire software supply chain – from working with customers on requirements, to coordinating globally dispersed teams, to involving business partners in the development process. They are investing in talent management practices to continually monitor the need for new skills and to source and develop those capabilities appropriately.
In short, there are companies that are bringing software delivery to the forefront of their agenda and gearing up for the demands of a software-fueled world.
Interested in learning more? Download a copy of our study to learn more about this topic at ibm.
About the Author
Eric Lesser, Research Director, and North American