There are many different types of software development available for businesses to commission and use. Software development generally takes the form of third party programs that can help a specialist part of a business, or can be used as a way of improving efficiency across a company as a whole.
This software is typically designed around programming languages like Python, C and C++, and is optimised for Windows, Unix and other operating systems. In terms of popular types of software development, some of the most common include database and Internet development, app development, VoIP telephony, management and security software, and mapping software.
1 – Database and Web Development
Database and web development can take a variety of forms, but generally serves to improve the data processing and recall for a business, while also creating an infrastructure by which a business can connect to social networks, and make the most of websites and retail outlets online. Developing databases often comes down to being able to integrate confidential information with realtime networks, and ensuring that public networks and websites are easily updated and troubleshooted for high levels of customer service.
2 – App Development
App development can refer to programs that are developed specifically for businesses. These programs can be optimised to save time, and can be used to track financial records and speed up the day to day scheduling of a business, while improving time management. Apps can also be produced to deal with long running problems, and can simply and provide a single app that can be used across a network, or between different devices.
3 – VoIP Telephony
The development of a VoIP telephony system for a business means putting into place a way to integrate phone calls, video calls and instant messages into a single infrastructure. This can be very important software for a number of reasons, from saving on the cost of traditional calls, through to being able to better integrate different communications into a real time system.
4 – Management and Security Software
Software development for businesses can similarly involve management and security software, which can work through Enterprise Resource Planning programs designed to integrate different administrative tasks. Margin forecasting, human resources, security and other features of a business can be set up to run through a single program that enables faster and easier communications. An ERP can also be designed as software capable of providing different security layers and firewalls, which can be combined with specific security software for added protection.
5 – Mapping Software
Used to analyse how a business relates to its local area, mapping software is essential to a company that wants to produce reports and models based on geographical and consumer data. Location intelligence can take the form of regular consumer destinations and hotspots for different branches of a business, making it possible to target advertising more specifically. At the same time, mapping software can contextualise risk within an area by looking at how a business might be affected by extreme weather or climate conditions.
Lily Fox is a technology blogger and entrepreneur interested in increasing the efficiency of software to help businesses increase productivity. She’s currently working on a cloud service development project.