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Software Developers: Frontiersmen of the Business

Software development teams face some great challenges while aspiring to achieve prodigious goals

A dangerous environment, an unknown frontier, a lack of resources, the pursuit of something greater than themselves - yes, software development teams face some great challenges while aspiring to achieve prodigious goals that (they hope) will benefit the organization for years to come. Not unlike the Plymouth colony we remember this time every year, software developers require tools and resources - as well as a way to efficiently deploy them - to ensure that what they build is not only safe and robust, but also well-poised to thrive in a competitive environment.

Tools, Resources, and an Open Platform
The early American settlers brought as much as possible for their journey, but they knew that they would need to rely on indigenous tools and resources to establish a strong colony. Similarly, software developers employ a range of testing practices, such as static analysis, unit testing, and peer review to build strong applications. Some of the tools may be part of a suite for which the organization may already have licenses, while others may have been collected as needed.

The early American settlers required an open environment, e.g., streams where they could fish, and land to cultivate and hunt in, in which they could apply their tools and take advantage of the available resources. At its core, Parasoft Development Testing Platform is about openness and integration. Parasoft Development Testing Platform enables teams to deploy software quality practices using whatever tools are best-suited for their process and application, while still centralizing the feedback in a way that provides visibility into software development processes that ensure the security, performance, and reliability of their code.

Through deep, open integration, Parasoft Development Testing Platform collects test data and correlates it across artifacts, providing organizations with meaningful information about development processes. The platform enables organizations to go beyond ad-hoc tool usage and data aggregation to an optimized development testing process that efficiently results in predictable outcomes.

Connecting Development Practices to Business Objectives
The Pilgrims performed their work every day with an understanding that how they worked may have just as big an impact on the longevity of the colony as what they did. Domiciles had to be built using materials and techniques that enabled them to withstand the harsh environment, including cold, wet winters and potential attacks. The right kind of vegetables had to be planted at the right time under the right conditions so that they would ensure enough sustenance for the group. The decisions that the hunters, builders, farmers, and other members of the colony made had macro effects on the long-term stability of the group.

Software developers also make decisions every day that have an effect on the entire organization. Their decision to analyze code, update their unit tests, review tasks, etc. determine the security, performance, and reliability of the application. Organizations must implement policies that ensure developers not only perform tasks according to the business’s standards, but also nurtures an understanding of the business goals associated with the organization’s development standards. A policy-driven approach bridges the gap between software development processes and business expectations.

A policy-driven development testing platform continuously applies software quality activities to your code throughout the development lifecycle through deep, seamless integration with any development environment. It unobtrusively helps developers write code that complies with the organization’s development standards, ensuring that it meet business objectives.

Thanksgiving
Finally, as the story goes, the Pilgrims made sure to recognize that their survival was dependent on many factors. They feasted with the Native Americans that helped them survive the difficult circumstances under which they were subjected as a way to give thanks. At this time of year, we hope that organizations also recognize the difficult tasks and decisions facing their software development teams and give thanks to those that help the business thrive.

Image credit: Pilgrims Going To Church (1867) by George Henry Boughton (1834-1905)

More Stories By Cynthia Dunlop

Cynthia Dunlop, Lead Technical Writer at Parasoft, authors technical articles, documentation, white papers, case studies, and other marketing communications—currently specializing in service virtualization, API testing, DevOps, and continuous testing. She has also co-authored and ghostwritten several books on software development and testing for Wiley and Wiley-IEEE Press. Dunlop holds a BA from UCLA and an MA from Washington State University.

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