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Software Design Cannot Be Neglected ZDNet Asia (05/09/12) Jamie Yap

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From May 14, 2012 edition of ACM TechNews (highlights were done by myself):

Software Design Cannot Be Neglected ZDNet Asia (05/09/12) Jamie Yap

Compatibility and time-to-market pressures recently have de-prioritized software design investment, but industry observers say enterprises should concentrate on design as a differentiator to enhance usability and adoption of their software. “It’s more than pretty screens now,” says Constellation Research analyst Ray Wang. “It’s about thinking how people engage with technology.” Another factor underlying the de-emphasis of software design is a lack of stress on usability and human computer interaction training in local schools, says National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing researcher Zhao Shendong. Wang says great design helps cultivate a competitive advantage and shapes preferential behaviors in the value chain. He also points out that it would be helpful if vendors introduce “experiential designs” in view of fast product commoditization and contracting lifecycle times. NUS professor David Rosenblum says software design remains an ad hoc process within enterprises, while available established software design principles are scant. Under these circumstances, the “surest way” for software firms to realize a high level of design standard is to nurture a team of outstanding designers by identifying, fostering, and retaining the best designers. There also needs to be a chief architect responsible for guaranteeing the conceptual integrity of a software’s design across its lifecycle, according to Rosenblum. He notes that smaller firms are particularly vulnerable to designing poor software, and it is common for them to neglect quality assurance.”

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May 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

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