Wheel of Fortune for Software Publishers

Opportunities for All in the Fastest Growing Industry

Software publishing offers opportunities for all who keep up with changing technology, according to a recent Government report. Employment is projected to increase 68 percent between 2002 and 2012, ranking software publishers as the fastest growing industry in the economy.

Entrepreneurial Marketing Potential

Small publishers also have opportunities to move into sales positions as they gain knowledge of specific products and services. Programmers producing software for accounting, for example, may use that knowledge to sell their products to other firms.

Opportunities for All

Just about anyone can become a Software Publisher with some training and experience. It does not necessarily involve writing or distributing the work of others in the way that book publishers operate.

It is entirely plausible to engage a freelance programmer to produce software for publication. His fee is paid on condition that the copyrights are also passed onto the intending publisher. It is in fact a common practice in the Industry

Employment Prospects

Employment is expected to increase by 68 percent before 2012, more than four times the 16 percent growth projected for all industries combined. Employment in the software publishing industry has more than doubled over the past decade. Despite the recent economic downturn among firms involved in information technology, software publishing is, nevertheless, projected to be the fastest growing industry, according to NAICS.

Return on Investment potential

The greater reliance placed upon on information technology, combined with falling prices of computers and associated hardware, will encourage further investment in applications and systems software to maximize returns on investment. Even in difficult economic times, organizations continue to make investments in software.

Future Growth expectations

Growth will not be as rapid as it was during the previous decade, however, as the software industry begins to mature and as routine work is increasingly outsourced overseas, particularly in countries of south Asia, steady growth is a virtual certainty.

Increasing Reliance of the Internet

Increasing reliance on the Internet, with faster, efficient and secure communication, together with the development of new applications, cements the future for software development and publishing.

The rate at which the software publishing industry is expected to grow, and the increasing integration and application of software in all sectors of the economy, job opportunities should be excellent. Professionals will inevitably find the best opportunities as employers continue to demand higher level skills to keep up with newer technology.

A Shortage of Skills

According to a recent report, computer related industries are expected to continue their rapid growth. This aspect bodes well for specialists engaged within the industry, as a shortage of
professionals and skilled technicians will inevitably result in a corresponding increase in remuneration to attract more and more people into the industry.

Opportunities for New Entrants

Software Publishing will account for a huge growth in wages and salaries within the next few years. The opportunities for new entrants to train for employment, contract work, and even new business start-ups within this sector, can clearly be seen as outstanding.

Positive news too for the United Kingdom and Europe

Similar predictions have been forecast for the United Kingdom and western Europe whose computer service industries will inevitably experience growth linked to the success of computer services corporations in the United States.

The Time is Now

Now is the time to take advantage of the opportunities available from so many different sources both in the USA and Europe. Freelance work and contacting opportunities are readily available for those with the necessary skills. The Industry will provide opportunities for all who take advantage of available training now.

© Harry S Richards

Software Professionals – Revolutionizing Indian IT

German engineering, Swiss watch, French wine, Danish design, Japanese Electronics are the words humming around across the globe. Well, these are the perceptions in the minds of a common man. And I am sure a day will come when we hear these words, an Indian Software Professional. True, though not a product to boast about, Software Professionals from India have positioned themselves as the best in the world; and the main reason being their brainpower and quality of work. Pretty impressive for a country that just a couple of decades ago and their services were least in demand. This is clearly visible from the great interactive web services and products developed till date; there is at least one Skilled Indian hand working on it. Name it, you have it.

Having said all that, it doesn’t mean to say are living a luxurious life. Facts state that “10% of the Indian software professionals are prone to diseases like CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)”. This could be because majority of Indian are young blooded who tend to work harder and devote more time to their work. With more and more engineering colleges turning out quality engineers every year, we can say supply is more than the demand. So this is the reason for big companies to come down to India and take in for their projects. Truly, a win-win situation for both.

Software Professionalism has turned out to be a boon in India rooting out all caste discriminations. Moreover, have evolved as a Community. In earlier days people used to talk about being a Hindu, Muslim or a Christian, but now 7 out of 10 would speak of being rather than diversifying on the basis of caste and religion. And it has also helped to extirpate the gender discrimination to a larger extent in the major metropolitans.

If India has to become a global power, it can’t be achieved through its military strength, population or its abundant minerals and natural resources, but only possible through its young brain power, its extensive English usage. With the introduction of technology and strong computer programming fundamentals and the desire to learn, Indian professionals have outclassed others in their own way. While whole of the America and Wall Street sleeps, from India give out their services by working on their projects, debug and come out with the effective solutions.

From the world’s perspective India has been a treasure of software professionals to pick from. So it’s time for Indian Software professionals to pull up their sleeves and work towards India becoming a global power by delivering their services in the field of Information Technology. Software professionals who are outstanding in their profession will continue to succeed, but the rest will have a tough competition from their other young Indian counterparts. Anyhow these software professionals have brought a sense of optimism which whole of India has not thought of years ago.

Corporate Technological Insecurity – Document Software Management

The dynamism of the technological sector within today’s society is unstoppable. For this reason, many employees use their own mobile devices to access their company’s network. This tendency, called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), is being adopted fundamentally by younger workers that use their own devices for professional purposes to avoid having to carry different smartphones or tablets with them.

The risk of this radical initiative lies in the lack of security since these personal devices are completely out of the corporate administrator’s control. This is demonstrated in an international survey conducted among young workers by Fortinet. The company chose young employees for this analysis as they are considered to be the ones who will spread BYOD to the rest of the workforce.

The report published by Fortinet indicates that three out of four workers use a personal mobile device to connect to their company’s network. The main reasons lie in the advantages of BYOD highlighted by the respondents, which are immediate and nonstop access to corporate data and more efficiency. On the other hand, half of the respondents are conscious that this way of working increases the risk of malware. Thus, companies are now exposed to two new dangers: the insecurity of their corporate data, and the risk of their network being infected with a virus.

To solve the problem of data insecurity that a company may face because of BYOD, organizations should secure their networks, not the personal mobile devices used by their employees. The danger does not lie in these mobile devices, as more and more tasks are being performed remotely, but it lies in the workers’ corporate network access.

Misappropriation of corporate data

The lack of corporate security is also reflected in the conclusion of a study commissioned by the company Iron Mountain, which interviewed 2,000 employees of all ages and sectors in Germany, Spain, France and Britain. The report states that one in three employees (32%) has been taking or forwarding confidential information out of the office on more than one occasion. In addition, the survey reveals that half of European workers (51%) takes corporate information with them when they change jobs considering that it will be useful in their new position.

Meanwhile, companies are extremely concerned about the control and confidentiality of their corporate documentation, and are rushing to adjust their data protection policies before the new European Union legislation comes into force. After all, their employees are taking highly confidential information that is essential to its reputation, competitiveness and customer satisfaction, outside the company.

In fact, companies that are concerned about information security tend to focus on protecting their digital data, which highlights the need for document management software to adapt to each individual case.

The study further suggests that a lack of specific information regarding data management policies or an inadequate application of these policies can be a decisive factor in cases where information has been lost. Only about half of the respondents (57%) stated that they clearly knew when documentation is confidential and a third (34.4%) confirmed that they were unaware of the existence of company guidelines as to whether or not the data could be used for non-corporate purposes.

Document technology software manufacturers also play an important role in aspects such as safety, preservation and confidentiality of information, as they can and should make companies understand the IT risks that they might face. For example, they can help them discern the right time to transform their corporate architecture to safeguard an asset of great importance as is the privacy of corporate data.

In fact, much of the success of implementing security policies lies in the awareness of employees and in its daily course of business. This means that ignoring a company’s security policies would jeopardize the safety of the organization.

For further reading see: Fortinet and Iron Mountain