Software Development Life Cycle- In the Globalized Environment by GlobalLogic

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Today’s changing technology landscape is the result of attempts by enterprises and professionals to meet the changing demands of the end-users and customers.

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									              Software Development Life Cycle- In the Globalized Environment


Today’s changing technology landscape is the result of attempts by enterprises and professionals to meet the
changing demands of the end-users and customers. In their bid to provide the end-users with better products
in a technology enabled environment, software professionals have worked on new product development
programs. To gain a competitive edge, enterprises work through the challenges such as reduction in costs,
improved quality standards and faster time-to-market.

Wikipedia defines software development life cycle (SDLC) as “a structure imposed on the development of a
software product”. Made up of series of stages or phases right from analysis of requirements and design, to
construction, testing, release and maintenance, this provides the model for managing the software application
development process and varies across industries and enterprises. With the intent to help enterprises produce
a cost-effective product, SDLC ensures proper deployment of the application and also decommissioning of the
same as it moves towards being legacy.

However, every product development is dependent on its software configuration management tool which
includes a common repository which can support and collaborate with different environments while being
tolerant to network outages. The early days of software development had seen a centralized software
development process with most of the programmers working as in-house teams. Nevertheless, globalization,
the expansion of the enterprise environment to locations beyond geographical boundaries and the increased
demands for new product development as a race against time has paved way for distributed development
teams. While working on the same project however, calls for the need of these distributed teams to be
communicative and exceedingly interactive.

Technological innovations such as the cloud technology has helped enterprises with this challenge. For
distributed teams to work efficiently, enterprises need to involve in planning and structuring right from
conceptualization to culmination and deployment. Also the modules of software product life cycles need to be
shared with both the onshore and offshore teams. Such challenges calls for enterprises to ensure that the teams
irrespective of their location can use the mutually shared repositories, and get the real-time information of the
assets and progress status. Nevertheless, this requires enterprises to have a strong network with efficient
bandwidth. With numerous software development teams working across geographies, multiple platforms,
various methodologies, enterprises need to have a system that can support enterprises across all hardware
platforms and operating systems.
Leading software development providers make use of the cloud technology and offer their clientele agile
methodologies that not only facilitates real-time exchange of source codes, documents and images between
team members but also helps towards shortening new product development cycles, ensuring improved product
quality and quicker time to market.

								
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