Custom Development Practices Help Ensure Software Quality

Good software drives business agility, efficiency and innovation. Crummy software just drives you up the wall.

It is hard to overstate how dependent we are on software — it powers almost any business process you can imagine. The average company runs hundreds of distinct applications for everything from accounting and finance to marketing and manufacturing.

All software is not created equal, however. Defective or poorly performing software extracts a huge toll on companies in the form of downtime and lost sales. While it is difficult to accurately quantify those costs, recent research suggests that poor software quality cost U.S. businesses $2.08 trillion in 2020.

Unsuccessful IT and software projects, poor quality in legacy systems, and operational software failures are among the leading causes of business losses, according to the report from the Consortium for Information & Software Quality (CISQ). The report notes that the rushed deployment of software in response to pandemic-triggered requirements contributed to a rise in failures last year.

Developers in Demand

The report further finds that overall software quality is hampered by a global shortage of good software engineers. According to the CISQ report, but the need for software developers is projected to grow by 24 percent over the next seven years. Another study projects that there will be nearly 1.5 million unfilled developer positions in the U.S. by the end of this year.

Shortages are being exacerbated by the continued retirement of Baby Boomer-era software engineers who helped write and now maintain many of the legacy applications that organizations have been depending on for years. When these workers retire, years of knowledge about how those apps work will walk out the door with them.

Herb Krasner, author of the CISQ report, says organizations are spending too much time “dealing with legacy software that cannot be easily evolved and modified.” Many of these essential applications were written in arcane programming languages that are no longer taught in computer science classes.

The combination of limited expertise, outdated code and rushed deployment requirements signal that software quality is likely to be a persistent problem for most businesses. Only the largest enterprise organizations are likely to have the staff resources needed to ensure high-quality development practices, including regular code analysis to spot potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

How SSD Can Help

SSD’s software development team can fill the gap for organizations lacking the in-house expertise, tools and strategy to identify and correct issues that could lead to software failure. Our professionals follow a well-defined yet adaptable development process designed to prevent software flaws and improve the quality of new apps that can drive productivity and business efficiency.

Automated testing throughout the development process helps ensure that we find and correct any flaws before the software is placed into production. Unlike traditional practices in which testing was conducted only at the end of the development cycle, our automated testing tools allow us to test continuously to ensure a constant focus on quality.

We can also help you address the challenges of legacy applications with our application modernization services. Following a thorough evaluation of your apps and their dependencies, we can either rewrite or replace legacy software. By testing often during the project lifecycle, we ensure the revised application addresses both immediate tactical needs and long-term strategic requirements.

Software is the engine that drives the global economy, controlling the functionality of almost all information systems. However, quality issues can have a devastating impact on organizations in all industries. SSD can help reduce your exposure to software flaws through a rigorous development process featuring continuous testing. Call us to learn more.