Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Why Software Development Is Important For The Economy

3 Reasons Software Development is Important For the Economy

 

The invention of the internet and computers has completely revolutionized much of modern society. By computing mathematical problems quickly, computers enable individuals, businesses and governments to deal with difficult problems.

Through the Internet, computers have enabled people to talk at no charge around the world. Perhaps the most transformative aspect of computers, however, is the fact that they can run software. Software can be reproduced at almost no charge, and the only limit to software is the talent level of developers. Software has clearly had a significant impact on the economy. Here are three ways that software development is important for the economy.

1. Software enables businesses to streamline operations

Business primarily deals with handling supply and demand. The logistics of handling supply and demand, however, are notoriously challenging. With the tools provided by software development, companies can automated many of the tasks that used to cost businesses a substantial amount of money. Further, software development is used to create the tools that businesses need to deal with accounting and other financial issues.

Most people think about software in terms of popular software packages and general-purpose programs. In the business world, however, many of the most important programs are made to suit the needs of individual companies. Software also plays in integral role in the stock market, and it is up to developers to craft the programs necessary to handle high levels of trading in a reliable, accurate manner.

2. Software development is a large and growing field

In the middle of the 20th century, there were few software developers. Most worked in academia, and there were a few businesses that hired small numbers of developers. Since that time, however, the software development field has grown at a tremendous rate. What guided this change was the growing use of software in the business world; big companies expanded their use of computers while small companies began to use computers for their day-to-day tasks.

By the end of the 20th century, computers had become an integral part of running businesses of all sizes, and software development grew in proportion to the needs demanded by the business world. Today, software technology is a critical component to the economy, and the money generated from massive companies such as Microsoft or smaller local software companies such as Intellicore is substantial.

3. Regulatory issues

Developing a thriving economy requires a market that is regulated properly. Here, computers have helped tremendously. Detecting fraud was notoriously challenging before government agencies had access to computers, and it is harder to get away with tax fraud today than it ever was in the past.

In addition, regulating the stock market for fraud and other illegal activities demands running sophisticated analyses that are designed to detect patterns of abuse, and computers supply the power necessary to achieve this goal. The programs used to detect these activities are some of the most complicated around, and they rely on sophisticated mathematical concepts to succeed.

While computer hardware becomes more impressive every year, it is what developers are able to do with it that allows society to benefit from computers. A sophisticated development industry is crucial for countries and businesses to succeed, and it is no surprise that much of the world is focusing on creating viable software development industries to fuel their growth.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

3 Scottish Software Startups

 3 Promising Software Companies From Scotland

Not even the most passionate patriot would argue that Scotland is leading the world in the development of 21st century software technology, however the start-up scene is growing and there are a number of interesting companies emerging that are worth watching out for. A few of them are listed below.



1) Aetherstore

This innovative company was founded by 3 enterprising chaps, namely Robert F. MacInnis, Allan P. Boyd and Angus D. Macdonald, who are all recent graduates from the University of St Andrews in Edinburgh.

AetherStore is a data storage solution that creates space from unused space on office computer hard drives. It is meant to be very easy to use, indeed brand new users are able to download and install the software on participating computers, which then creates shared server space that all users can use.

Frankly, they say it better themselves:

".....AetherStore provides the write speed of local storage and the shared storage space of networked storage servers. It uses a distributed storage system to pool together un-used capacity in existing office machines—capacity that would be wasted otherwise—and spreads both the load and the risk of data storage amongst them. A secure, cloud storage service is used for versioning, remote access, and long-term backup. The store provides transparent full file version histories for auditing and compliance purposes and requires no staff, no maintenance, and no new hardware....."

To learn more about Aetherstore visit Aetherstore.com

2) Sensewhere

Another company bubbling forth from the creative cauldron of Edinburgh, Sensewhere’s new software allows precise location information in places where there is exceptionally thin inaccurate GPS satellite data such as indoors in aunty Mabel's pantry or Uncle Bert's allotment shed.

Their services are better described in their recent press release:
".....Sensewhere, the world leader in hyper local and indoor positioning solutions, today announced that its snapp! indoor location app is now available to download from Google Play. snapp!, which blends sensewhere’s world-leading indoor location technology with social mapping, allows users to view their friends’ updates in their geographical context across a variety of social networks, and issue accurate geotagged updates deep indoors....."

With coverage from heavyweights such as Bloomberg, CNBC and Mountain View Patch (Ok, ok I've never heard of them either), this company are definitely popping up on radar screens.

You can learn more about Sensewhere by visiting Sensewhere.com

3) Freeagent

Fresh from winning the Software Vendor of the Year Award in 2011, Freeagent is trying its best to set users free of the tedious task of business accounting. Freelancers love this software as updating your sole trader or limited company accounts yourself can be a hassle and expensive. Using Freeagent makes it easy and usually means you pay your accountant less.

Some have billed Freeagent as a simple app to create invoices, others have hailed it as a virtual accountant.

Rather than get caught up in the hype you can read up on the company by visiting Freeagent.com

And yes they are also from Edinburgh! We'll have more news from companies in Aberdeen soon, I promise!