Technology has advanced so much that it has become almost mandatory for all businesses to have software especially designed to address their needs. As a business owner, you have the option of either hiring an in-house team of computer software developers or outsourcing your software needs to a third-party company. Whichever option you choose, it would be a huge advantage for you to gain a clear understanding of what a software developer is and how he can help your business.
Software Developer vs. Computer Programmer
One of the first things you need to understand when you seek assistance in developing software for your business is that a software developer is different from a computer programmer. Many people fail to recognize the difference between the two, which is why they end up hiring the wrong individual or company for the task at hand. Perhaps the simplest way to define the difference between the two is this: A developer is someone who develops, maintains, and tests software programs whereas a programmer is someone who develops, maintains, and tests codes based on their employer’s or client’s software specifications.
To be successful in their chosen field, a developer should be proficient in the design, requirements, development, maintenance, and testing of software. He also needs the ability to approach software development in a rigorous manner and to master all available methods and tools for software development. A programmer, on the other hand, needs excellent analytical and organizational skills as well as the ability to follow directions, a deep understanding of both software and hardware, and a proficiency in math and science. Programmers may also be required to perform tedious tasks such as reports preparation, so they’ll need team spirit and excellent work ethics.
Another significant difference between the two is that a programmer usually works with a team or individually as someone’s employee whereas developers typically work alone or as the team leader. In developing software for you business operations, therefore, you will need both a programmer and a developer. And whether you choose to hire an in-house team or outsource to a third party, you will have to take some very important factors into consideration.
Qualifications/Certifications – When a developer/programmer is certified, you know he’s a professional who has worked hard to develop his skills. This saves you from having to worry about small coding errors that can render an entire software useless and throw your investment down the drain.
Experience – Each type of software is different, especially if you are planning to develop custom software for your business. But there are general similarities among certain types of software and it helps to hire people who have worked on similar projects before.
As long as you keep the above tips in mind, you should be well on your way towards successfully developing software that’ll help your business grow exponentially. Good luck!