Embedded software is everywhere – from ordinary home appliances like dishwashers and microwave ovens to sophisticated medical devices, automotive engines, and flight control guidance systems. The global embedded software market was estimated at USD 10.46 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow by more than 7% annually from 2016 to 2023, according to the Global Market Insights report.
While the market is increasing in size, embedded software is steadily growing in complexity, sometimes requiring millions of lines of code. In many cases, embedded software performs both highly sophisticated and mission-critical functions. Even small software defects can affect the reliability and safety of the overall system and endanger people’s lives. Therefore, it is impossible to overestimate the importance of embedded software testing. Continue reading
Traditionally, or say 10 years ago, most organizations were functionally separated, and there was rarely cross-departmental integration between software engineers, test teams, and IT operations specialists. Departments usually had contradicting goals: developers sought new features, operations strived to ensure organizational stability, and testers wanted to minimize risks. However, the changing technology environment necessitates a change in the approach to the whole software development process. Continue reading
Embedded software testing has been a crucial component of software development since the first embedded systems and devices appeared. In the past, embedded applications operated in isolation, with no need to communicate with each other. However, today’s embedded devices and systems—from smartphones and fitness trackers to smart cars and sophisticated medical equipment—constantly communicate with each other, share information, and store loads of data. Due to the broad spread of IoT and other cutting-edge technologies, embedded software development and testing has shifted from a straightforward, predictable process to a complicated and challenging task. Continue reading
Big data is a big deal in today’s world of technology. According to the IDG Enterprise 2016 Data and Analytics Survey, over 70% of businesses agree that big data has the potential to fundamentally change the way they do business and create new revenue opportunities in the next one to three years, while 53% of companies are currently implementing or planning to implement data-driven projects within the next 12 months.
Everyone is talking about Big Data. But what exactly is it and how does it work? Though the term is widely used and accepted, there is still no rigorous definition, which leads to serious misconceptions about what big data actually is.
Technology is one of the industries most affected by outsourcing. In the mature technology markets like the US, Canada or Western Europe, battle for talent is among major trends. As the software development skills shortage intensifies, many tech companies look overseas – not only for lower costs, higher quality, greater flexibility, and better time to market, but also for valid experience and rare and niche skills.