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Software Engineering In Digital Transformation

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- Role of Software Engineering In Digital Transformation

Nowadays the world is changing faster than we can imagine. With the rise of IoT (Internet of Things), machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and blockchain technologies, AR and VR Informational Technologies became a core component of all kinds of businesses, making the need to innovate and transform a necessary part of being competitive in the market.

Digital transformation is a process of implementing and using new and fast-changing digital technology to solve problems and improve business practices. It often relates to the use of cloud computing to reduce hardware, automation to reshape the workplace and integration of technology into all areas of business.

When we speak about digital transformation we can’t leave out software engineering as it is the base of all technology known to humankind. It’s duty is to bring the ideas of new-age technology to life and make sure that not only is it functional and can drive growth, but at the same time is meeting ethical standards and maintains positive impact. 

Just as software engineering plays a huge role in the world’s current digital transformation, digitization presents challenges (technical and organizational) that threaten the successful execution of successful projects.


- Transforming Software Testing for Digital Transformation

We're well past software "eating the world." Software has become irreversibly intertwined with the world. You can't find a modern enterprise that doesn't depend on software, or a business transaction that doesn't require software at some point in the end-to-end process. In the new world of digital business, companies who deliver differentiating customer/user experiences through software have the clear competitive advantage. Those who cannot are living on borrowed time. 

Traditional development and testing cycles have been a limiting factor for increasing the speed of creating and releasing new functionality as well as improving the quality of final releases. When much of a development team’s time is taken up with the looping, iterative cycle of design-develop-test-debug, a lot of creativity gets squeezed out of processes and people. Longer development cycles prevent new features—especially those specifically requested by customers—from being released on a timely basis. When customers have limited insight into how those features are being designed and implemented, they can be reluctant to implement them without extensive and time-consuming testing.

In response, every CIO is now focused on digital transformation initiatives that ensure the company is disrupting, not disrupted. From an IT perspective, this requires faster delivery of innovative software and greater agility—the ability to pivot as soon as you identify a new opportunity or challenge. From a quality perspective, it requires a strategic commitment to continuous quality and a deep-seated transformation across people, processes, and technology.


- Outdated and Inefficient Systems

Businesses increase the risk of an attack or breach by connecting legacy systems. When IT implements patchwork solutions to resolve operational issues, security vulnerabilities can be created inadvertently. 

As cyberattacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated alongside rapidly changing technologies, these outdated and inefficient systems become easy targets. 

This rapid evolution of cybersecurity threats means software engineers in the field - and those eager to join them - need to be up-to-date on the latest skills, strategies, and job opportunities in order to remain competitive.



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