Dragging Software Development into the 21st Century

Companies spend billions of dollars every year on developing their own software applications or purchasing complex enterprise software applications. This includes not only the cost of software, but the hardware infrastructure required to support the software as well. Rather than spending this money on software development, a company should put it to better use to improve the core business of the company. That is, the company should be focusing on what it is that they are really in business for rather then being distracted by software development.

Current software development practices for enterprise applications often result in products that are too expensive to develop, acquire, implement, integrate and then maintain. The typical software development cycle starts with a base product that is developed and subsequently sold, if external, or delivered, if internal, to a client. If the base product is lacking in functionality, then additional modifications must be made to the base product, adding to the cost of development. Once modifications have been completed, the implementation and integration phase starts. This phase has high costs associated with it; usually surrounding customization in order to get the software to interface with existing legacy systems. Finally, annual maintenance and service fess are charged, which usually do not include future upgrades. Clients are frequently less than happy with the results. The software development entity is often unaware that the client is not happy until the next development cycle is well under way, at which point it is too late and too expensive to address the problems. This results in an endless cycle where the software developed for a client continuously lags behind the client’s actual needs. Financial and human resources, which could be used too much greater effect elsewhere, are absorbed into a cycle that could be avoided altogether.

One of the highest costs involved in software development is the cost of developers. Over the past few decades computers have automated most industries. Ironically, the one industry that has not benefited from automation is the software development industry. Writing software is still a manual process involving monotonous and repetitive tasks. Techniques, such as code reuse and code generation have been developed over the years to reduce the workload. However, developers are inherently resistant to change and to anything they perceive as being able to “replace” them. Either they do not trust someone else’s code, or they think they could write better code themselves. For whatever reason, developers wind up reinventing the wheel project after project and billing for that work. Since developers are reluctant to utilize tools and techniques in their own development, they become their own worst enemy. The computer is the greatest tool ever invented and developers, the ones that make this great tool work, are reluctant to take maximum advantage of it.

If there is an industry that should be automated it is the software industry. All business applications perform the same basic functions and they interact with a database the same way, doing inserts, updates, queries, deletes, etc. They interact with the user through a user interface allowing the user to input and retrieve data. The internal plumbing that ties everything together is the same. What makes an application unique is the business rules, logic, and workflows (how the user moves through the application). Ideally there would be a tool that would “create” these common features and help “manage” the unique parts.

A tool is needed that would allow a developer to focus on the “what” or the rules and workflows instead of the “how” or the plumbing. A tool is needed that would take care of the monotonous and repetitive tasks. These laborious tasks are precisely where a computer excels. This tool has been created and it is ready for those who can accept giving up total development control and let the computer do what it was invented to do: expedite commerce. For more information on how your business can benefit from custom software development visit www.cerkitek.com.

New Employee Attendance System Software Developments

As a manager you may already know that employee attendance issues can be one long lingering headache that seems to never end. You do what you can with threats and incentives but in the end it is just something that you are going to have to end up managing as best that you can.

Consistently Bleeding Money

What employees don’t know is that spotty attendance issues do cost a business money. Aside from the scheduling problems that it creates there is also the issue of having other workers putting in overtime hours doing things that should have been done on regular time if every employee had worked his or her full forty hours in a week.

What Can You Do?

Of course it goes much further and deeper than that but those are some of the basic surface issues that employee attendance problems can bring to bear. So what can you do to get a better grip on employee attendance issues in your business?

Automatic Tracking

Your best place to start would be with employee attendance software that completely eliminates any guesswork or accounting time that you are currently spending to track and manage it. With employee attendance software all the data that you need will instantly be gathered as they clock in and out and automatically processed through the software.

One More Tool In Your Management Tool Kit

Everything that you need to analyze employee attendance records, either on a group or individual basis, in real time or on an extended time frame is instantly available to you in a simple visual format in the form of graphs and charts. In fact, it has already being demonstrated in businesses that are using it that just the fact that they have implemented this new tracking software was enough to inspire employees to be more diligent regarding their attendance.

Embedded Software Development: Testing Your Software

New designs, innovations, technologies and ideas are shaped every day. Testing is a part and parcel of every design that is created. Especially when it comes to software testing, implementation might go wrong if the software isn’t tested properly. It is very important to test the software as it gives an assurance to the business owners that the embedded software development has been carried out flawlessly by keeping the current trends in mind. Thus, most of the business owners like to get their software tested after the software development is over.

It is very common for the viruses and bugs to attack the system after the software development is done. This might lead to multiple problems like the privacy of the data getting hindered and the system getting hanged. Therefore, it becomes important to scan and debug the system so that the viruses are removed.
Majorly, there are three kinds of testing:

1. System testing: This involves testing of the system as a whole.

2. Unit testing: In this type of testing; the programmer checks every part of source code compared to its description. This testing is very crucial for the system as each part of it is thoroughly verified and tested.

3. Integration testing: The integration testing takes care of the fact that the internal systems interchange data without any problem and confirms whether the system is capable enough to work in-sync with other systems.

4. Other types: There are other types of testing including manual testing and automation testing. Manual testing is done to check the performance of the system and its working. It can be done by anyone working with the system.

Automation testing is done to verify the programming code. When huge data applications have to be tested, automation programming is the best option. These testers types can help the system to work faster and the applications run smoothly.

We are surrounded by many electronic instruments in our day to day lives including mobile phones, washing machines, microwave ovens, computers etc. Most of these devices have embedded software installed in them. Now; no one would like to solve software related problems every day. It rarely happens that the software in these devices goes wrong. This is because most of them are proficiently tested.

It is very significant that the person who tests the software is skilled, experienced and has a complete knowhow of how the software works. One should also check whether the person who is checking the software has been a part of the embedded software development for that particular system. This is because, if he has not created the software, he might not be aware about the loopholes in it. Testing is definitely not an easy job. Thus it is very important for one to find someone who is expert at it.