Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Companies in the Philippines are not confined to offering business and back door processes alone. Since over half a decade ago, the country has been renowned for its software outsourcing expertise. IT Outsourcing Companies have mushroomed in different regions attracting Fortune 500, medium and small scale businesses outsourcing software development projects at a fraction of the price.

Information Technology (IT) in the Philippines gained popularity in the country around 30 years ago. From then on, the IT industry and educational institutions have remained at par with world standards which made Filipino IT professionals an important resource in the global market. Some even penetrated NASA last year.  Team iNon made the Top 25 Global Finalists competing for the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018, thereby showcasing the undeniable Filipino talent in information technology.

Software development is not simply coding but a process of developing specifically designed software through a series of phases that cover a range of requirements to meet certain objections and operational functions. Meticulous testing I then done to confirm that the coded design meets its purpose. The collective processes go through various varying stages throughout the systems development life cycle (SDLC). It supports the design of software to meet the business need, development and design of software, deployment and production.  This methodology supports maintenance and upkeep.

The original SDLC method, waterfall model is linear and sequential. In general, it follows these stages chronologically:

1) Identification of required software

Different businesses operate in varying industries, thus, specific software are derived from careful assessment of functions that will help optimize operations.

2) Analysis of the software requirements

Such requisites are carefully scrutinized to come up with the best possible product for the client.

3) Detailed specification of the software requirements

After careful scrutiny, a chronological series of needed functions are laid out ready for coding.

4) Software design

Once the order is identified and codes are ready, the design team fashions it in such a way that it is not only functionally useful but easy to use.

5) Programming

The earlier processes are consolidated to meet customer specification and demand.

6) Testing

Quality control is the soul of the business. The software is tested by professionals to fine tune, check for bugs and fortify the final product if necessary.

7) Maintenance

Software management is not simply passed on, developers offer maintenance of the software to help the customer maintain a problem-free, user-friendly tool.

Offshore IT outsourcing has been invaluable over the past years. No matter what industry they are involved in, companies aim to be among global players. To be so, they need to not only be connected to the net but also possess software to invite and cater to potential buyers.  Recently, this channel has become more interactive with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to service clients who drop by a company website in real time. Other companies have online virtual assistants on standby who assist client inquiries or purchases. 

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