ExecutiveBrief Software Development Trends
Survey Indicates Promising Business Environment
July 15, 2010 11:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time
FT. MYERS, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--A recent ExecutiveBrief Software Development Trends
Survey of more than 500 senior-level business leaders and software development professionals indicates a more
optimistic outlook for business in 2010 as compared to 2009, with significant budget increases and a return to hiring.
In the survey sponsored by SoftServe, Inc., global provider of proven high quality software development, testing and
consulting, respondents expressed optimism by indicating they planned to spend more on software development in
2010, as well as hire more permanent staff as compared to 2009. Supporting an outlook for growth, far fewer cited
cost reduction and expense management among their top priorities.
Beyond the promise of an improved business environment, the survey indicated clearer preference in the need for
software development support and preferred methodologies. Here are several of the key findings from the 2010
l Seventy-seven percent (77%) indicated their software development budgets would increase in 2010, with
36% indicating their budget is likely to grow greater than 10% as compared to last year. Only 8% believed
their 2010 budget would decrease by 10% or more as compared to 2009.
l Hiring is a priority with 53% of respondents sharing they plan to increase permanent headcount in 2010, up
from 25% in 2009. That’s a huge percentage increase compared to a year ago and indication of optimism in
the growing need for software development support.
l When asked about their top software development priorities for 2010, one-third of respondents identified
reducing operational cost and expenses among their top priorities, that’s significantly lower than 2009
respondents in which 51% agreed lowering cost and expenses were a top objective.
l While the survey results showed less interest in cost and expense