Feeds

Reg readers: Distributed software development is hard

But is there hope?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

But picking up on the last of the capabilities in the above chart in particular, it is interesting to see around one in five respondents declaring extensive use of social networking tools, with a further 40 per cent making at least some use of such solutions. And when we look at the impact of this on performance, we can see that adoption of blogs, wikis, and so on can help to alleviate some of the previously identified challenges (Figure 8).

Figure 8

This kind of impact makes absolute sense. Putting facilities in place to allow developers to collaborate freely between locations can help to smooth over differences in skill sets and experience, break down 'us and them' barriers and prevent political problems, rationalise or work around differences in processes and practices and generally grease the wheels from a project management perspective.

So, is distributed software development hard to pull off successfully? The results of our poll suggests it is, but they also tell us that by paying attention to some of the key enablers of performance, there is indeed hope for those who are currently struggling. The bottom line: While saving money may cost more particularly with ad hoc approaches, there’s plenty that can be done to encourage better collaboration across all kinds of distributed environment. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.