Offshore software development has witnessed a huge transformation over the past few years. While previously, outsourcing was the preferred route for businesses looking for outside support — today having a dedicated remote team is often the preferred avenue.
For developers, things are also changing, with new, disruptive technologies that help engineers to unleash their potential and help businesses transform.
The offshore engineering industry plays a key role in the adoption of new technologies, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no exception.
Today, AI dominates all the technology trends and by 2025, the global AI market is forecasted to reach an impressive €53.09 million. Ever since AI began to dominate the market, the software industry has been at the forefront of huge change. It brings precision, speed, and efficiency to the entire software development process.
The future of machine learning and AI holds many promises for the software sector. With both of these, we can expect disruptive developments in development.
Algorithm-based machine learning is being leveraged to accelerate the engineering lifecycle, and AI can help a dedicated remote team of developers to optimise software workflow at every stage of the development process.
Here are four ways AI can power software development and deployment processes.
- Programming and Code Assistance
Rather than replacing a dedicated remote team of developers, AI in offshore development will become a tool that software programmers use to gain new knowledge, optimise processes, and, ultimately, write better code.
There are AI-based applications that empower engineers to team up on projects. These applications give them the comfort of imparting insights, subsequently empowering them to gain from each other. Developers can utilise such tools to propel themselves within their profession.
When writing code, the dedicated remote team may encounter difficulties such as code duplication or oversight of specific pieces of code. By using coding tools controlled by AI, they can reduce errors.
These tools can also help with distinguishing basic coding hurdles. They give a developer a code manager that organises parts of the code depending on the programming or language being leveraged.
In the long run, AI will become a prerequisite for programming advancement.
- Automated Testing
The use of AI in test automation is a recent trend and it has a significant impact on testing tools and methods in general, and of course test automation in particular.
With the advent of AI in software testing, businesses are now able to get faster tests and reliable products. AI-driven test automation tools bring in human-like decision-making abilities which helps in releasing high-quality software in less time.
AI in testing helps in making the software development process rapid by supplementing the testers with the right technology and tools. The aim of AI-based testing is to make the process smarter and more effective.
With the inclusion of AI and ML in testing, logical reasoning and problem-solving can be applied to better the process. Here, these tools are used to execute the tests without any human intervention.
- Deployment and Project Management
Artificial intelligence is making the process of developing and deploying software faster, better and cheaper.
Machine learning AI technologies have an impact on software deployment, especially in the software development paradigm where developers frequently upgrade programs or apps to the latest versions, such as increased efficiency in deployment control tasks.
AI can also protect offshore developers from issues during upgrades and lessen the likelihood of deployment failure. Another advantage of artificial intelligence is that it enables machine learning algorithms to examine the deployment process.
AI can enhance the accuracy of project planning and helps the software developer to monitor the project’s progression.
Machine learning algorithms can be used to offer estimates of duration, resource, and budget requirements for project activities based on historical information from previous projects.
- Automated Project Budgeting
Software development budgeting is always a challenging task as it’s difficult to predict what hurdles you might encounter along the way and how much those roadblocks can eat into the budget or push back deadlines.
Often, the software development process overflows the pre-decided budget and deadlines. To cope up with this, accurate estimates need deep expertise, context understanding, and being familiar with the deployment team.
Machine learning helps to train the data from past projects like user stories, feature definitions, and estimates for predicting the effort and budget.
With the significant amount of the time spent on project budgeting, it helps the developers to decide which to prioritise and which to cut out.
Such an artificial intelligence platform can aid in assessing the performance of existing applications. This will help both the developing teams and businesses to identify the efforts that best maximise the outcome.
According to a recent report, AI-powered software development could assist the average developer to be 10X more productive than they would be on their own.
In general, machine learning and AI seems to have a significant effect on the design and creation of software. Offshore software development companies will be required to leverage the potential advantages of AI, which may prove to be an era-defining game-changer in software development.
Organisations should gain a better understanding of the advantages of AI and how it’s transforming the development landscape, so they can adequately respond to the latest technology and stay ahead of the competition.