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  • The development of software now extends into every conceivable industry sector. And, more than ever, organizations seek to embed analytics and business intelligence capabilities into their applications, according to a recent survey from Logi Analytics. The self-service analytics company's third annual "State of Embedded Analytics" report indicates that most of the companies surveyed will invest in the expansion and improvement of embedded analytics over the next year, as users' interest in this technology is expected to grow considerably. Targeted outcomes include improved customer satisfaction, end-user adoption and competitive differentiation. "All modern software applications today must deliver insights and analytics at the core," says Alvin Wong, manager of product marketing for Logi Analytics. "We see the use of data transforming all products and services. Not only are all companies becoming software companies, all software applications are becoming analytic applications. As more companies adopt this point of view, we anticipate more compelling and intuitive business applications [being developed], and more users will be able to make smarter business decisions." More than 500 business and technology professionals took part in the research.

  • A significant share of IT and business decision-makers are turning to custom software applications to meet their business needs, according to a recent survey conducted by Forrester Consulting for Thoughtworks. The accompanying report, "Driving Innovation Using the Right Skills: The Value of Custom Software Development," indicates that these leaders are looking for more than just development skills in a custom software provider. They seek a strategic partner that can help transform their organization. For example, many consider a proven track record with agile development essential. When organizations find the right provider, they're usually willing to pay a premium for the apps—in some cases, more than 20 percent. "Business and IT leaders are under pressure to deliver a continuous stream of standout digital experiences," says Craig Gorsline, president and chief operating officer at ThoughtWorks. "In this environment, it's imperative that technology [be] at the core of the business strategy. The path to digital success is complex and requires a new approach—one that is iterative and adaptive, spanning multiple levels of the organization and providing quick time to value." A total of 200 global IT and business decision-makers at companies that at least partially outsource custom software development took part in the research.

  • As the digital age unfolds, there's a growing need to focus security efforts on application vulnerabilities. Identifying and understanding the risks—as well as the potential repercussions—of different software vulnerabilities is critical. The recently released annual "Secunia Vulnerability Review 2015" offers a glimpse into emerging issues and trends, including the prevalence of vulnerabilities, the availability of patches, how organizations map security threats to IT infrastructures, and existing vulnerabilities in the 50 most popular applications on PCs. The security firm analyzed anonymous data from scans of millions of private computers using its Personal Software Inspector (PSI). In 2014, the firm found that application vulnerabilities increased by about 18 percent. "IT teams need to have complete visibility of the applications that are in use," advises Kasper Lindgaard, director of research and security at Secunia. "And they need firm policies and procedures in place in order to deal with vulnerabilities as they are disclosed."