Similar to many business areas, software development and application support over the last 10 years has been under intense pressure to reduce costs, increase productivity and manage greater software complexity. Furthermore it has become much more transparent in terms of the software development process. In turn this enables customers and other stakeholders to have more involvement during the process of software development.
Off-shoring software development and support to lower cost locations is now a well established practice, as businesses look to take advantage of substantial cost differentials. Offshore locations such as India and China have experienced a boom. The off-shore outsourcing industry has also matured over the last five years as many businesses experienced problems getting software delivered on-time, on-budget and to a high enough quality. Practical factors such as time differences, cultural issues and language barriers are ever present. Some industries have difficulties overcoming regulatory, security or legal barriers of off-shoring processes, especially for financial or medical businesses. Where ‘on-the-ground’ support requiring a customer visit is needed, UK-based operations are often still required.
The industry has recognised that if the basic principles of good software development and support are not adhered to, such as using UML for the software design or engaging software developers in the process through Agile methodologies, the initial savings of off-shoring can be lost. Poor initial experiences of off-shoring and cost rises from offshore locations combined with a global downturn have forced many companies to re-examine whether they need to keep skill bases closer to home. There has thus been a growing interest in ‘near-shoring’ and ‘re-shoring’ – bringing software development work back to the UK. Near-shoring uses offshore locations which are closer to the UK, where language and time barriers are shortened and product quality is higher.
Custom and Bespoke Software Development – The Service
Auric Visions provides consultancy to scope out requirements and produce detailed ‘Use Cases’ and UML design for software projects if an organisation does not possess these skills in-house.
Understanding a client’s business and translating this into comprehensive design specifications ensures that any proposed technical solutions are both fit for purpose and highly cost effective. With expertise across the entire application lifecycle spectrum, we always apply best practice to software projects using modern methodologies such as Agile to ensure flexibility, participation and visibility to clients.
Our team of experienced developers work together with our project managers and business consultants to provide an end-to-end custom software development service including:
- Requirements Gathering
- Systems Architecture & Design using UML
- Software Development
- Cloud Software Application Development on Windows Azure
- QA Testing & Automated Testing
- Rollout and Deployment
- Agile Project Management
- Support & Maintenance
Depending on the context, software may either be developed from scratch or built upon existing third party software products.
Contact Us by e-mail or telephone 0843 289 5094 to discuss your requirements.