Here are some tips and how to get the best IT industry's knowledge and how to save your budget. Transfer some up-to-date software development projects to outsourcing partner to keep your IT department providing the latest technologies.
1. Cloud computing
There is the question each IT department should decide for itself: is it reasonable to transfer existing applications to the cloud? Is it reasonable to develop new applications using cloud technologies?
Cloud computing is so huge and discussed topic that no reasons to talk about the advantages of disadvantages of using the Cloud in this article. The question is how outsourcing company can help is case you've decided to use the Cloud.
During 2011 it was finally launched several PaaS (Platform as a Service) in production. So it's becoming easier to deploy your applications in the Cloud. Meantime major cloud platforms charge you for number of transactions, processor time, and disk space. The criteria of good allocation are to find the best ratio between productivity and cost.
Using our experience as software development company we could advice to use cloud platforms in case of development software prototype, when the performance of application is critical, and the similar software product new developed before. The Cloud can help to understand the requirement to hardware in early development stages or prototyping.
2. Big Data analytics
According to Wikipedia Dig Data consists of datasets that grow so large that they become awkward to work with using on-hand database management tools. Now all major software players like Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and more provides technologies helps to manage your big data. They are handle the basic CRUD (create, read, update, delete) operations, but how to use this data?
Scenario # 1. Create the algorithm inhouse.
You and your employees know your business better, you know your data better, you know how and why use the data. The technical implementation can be outsourced. Let third company implement your algorithms using Hadoop, R software environment, or whatever else, just to reach your organization business goals.
Scenario # 2. You know your business goals.
The same as in scenario # 1 but you need to spend less inhouse resources or you have pilot big data project. In this case outsource the project just to set the goals should be reached. Your outsourcing partner will be responsible for both technical implementation and math part of the project.
3. Mobile development
Yes, of course you can transfer you mobile software development projects to outsource. Do you have native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps for all your enterprise applications? Are your customers (employees from other departments) asking you about? But native apps for existing internal enterprise applications are not the only one that should be developed to keep IT infrastructure up-to-date.
Providing the customers of your company with the new services using mobile technology is another task of IT department. Of course you know your services better than all outsourcing providers. The job that can be outsourced is to develop the applications according to your technical and business requirements. Also you should consider to develop app from the ground for each mobile platform or to use some new technologies like MONO for Android and iOS.
Another trend (read as challenge) for enterprise IT is BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology to work). Looks like 2012 will be the year when enterprise should really solve the issue. And we will leave the question of outsourcing open …