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Why Vietnam Is The #1 Destination For Offshore Software Development

When people think of Vietnam, they’re often met with the visual of bustling cities, idyllic mountain landscapes and sun drenched beaches. Or, perhaps, reminded of the nations war-torn history.

Very rarely do they see the country for what it has become: a thriving technology hub.

Vietnam among the most reliable destinations for offshore software development.
Vietnam among the most reliable destinations for offshore software development.

Vietnam is an incredible choice for intelligent businesses looking for offshore software development, because Vietnamese developers are some of the brightest and most ambitious technologists in the world. 

Forbes calls Vietnam a “small but mighty powerhouse” with “a highly adaptive approach to work and tech”, and its firm success as a newly-introduced member of the World Trade Organisation only serves to echo this sentiment. 

From education to culture to government, here’s why Vietnam should always be the first choice for your offshore software development.

Vietnam outperforms the eastern and western worlds:

The Vietnamese are intelligent and highly learned, with a 96.8% literacy rate among working-aged adults. 

In the 2015 OECD Program for International Student Assessment, which measures performance in maths, science and reading among 15-year-old students, Vietnam ranked 8th.

To put this into a global context (72 world economies, in fact), that placed Vietnamese schoolkids higher than not only their counterparts in Hong Kong, China and South Korea – but also Australia (14th), the UK (15th) and the USA (25th). 

With 65% of the 97 million strong population under 35 years of age, it’s no surprise that the Vietnamese are switched on and ambitious, particularly when it comes to technology. 

When Google engineer Neil Fraser visited on a fact-finding trip to review Vietnam’s high-school computer science education methods, he found that half of Vietnam’s 16-year-olds would pass Google’s interview process, and kids as young as 10 were as technologically capable as those in the 11th grade back in his homeland.

Not only does Vietnam champion technology education, they also emphasise gender diversity in STEM
Not only does Vietnam champion technology education, they also emphasise gender diversity in STEM

A government that champions technology readiness:

The Vietnamese government has recognised the potential to be seen as a global software development leader – looking well beyond the “workshop of the world” capability and instead, building strong foundations for technology success.

As a stable, one-party dominion, they are committed to providing high-quality STEM education to their population, encouraging English as a mandated second language, opening “technoparks” across the country and building world-class university infrastructure that focus on the sciences in all major cities.

With a pronounced skills shortage plaguing businesses all over the developed world, the Vietnamese government’s focus on ensuring all students start learning coding and logic from the age of 10 is a strategy that is beginning to pay serious dividends for both the countries population and the businesses who have identified the opportunities they represent.

Vietnam’s laser-focus on technology:

With technology mandated to be a primary pillar of Vietnam’s economy (seeing as over 250 higher learning institutions teach I.T.), it’s no surprise that over 40,000 Vietnamese software professionals are graduating and entering the workforce each year.

This represents an annual ~20% increase on an already established software industry that exported $3.5B USD worth of software in 2018, and 7.1% overall GDP growth in the same timeframe. In short, Vietnam isn’t just a tech country, but a tech epicentre. 

By 2050, it’s projected that Vietnam will be among the top 20 economies in the world. 

It makes sense to get on board with their progress at a time where the rewards are abundant and highly cost-effective. 

By partnering with a high-quality offshoring operator leveraging Vietnam’s tech excellence, there aren’t just opportunities for direct access to “a growing population of entrepreneurs, engineers and technology experts” but also everything that comes with improved productivity and scalable skill implementation – happier teams, happier customers, better products and better companies.

Why Vietnam Is The #1 Destination For Offshore Software Development

Why Your IT Resourcing Strategy Needs A Strong Offshore Technology Partner

If you’re responsible for building and managing software teams this isn’t going to come as a surprise: IT industries in developed economies the world over are experiencing major skills shortages.

Finding great local talent is only getting more competitive. 

Skilled migrants are arriving in insufficient numbers, while fewer capable, talented students graduating with Computer Science degrees. 

Demand is booming, and supply is waning.

It’s crucial to work with a strong offshore technology partner who can fill the gaps caused by local skills shortages.
It’s crucial to work with a strong offshore technology partner who can fill the gaps caused by local skills shortages.

For sophisticated organisations, the accelerated shortage across the software industry poses real threats to innovation and productivity, especially as companies look more and more to digital technologies (and minds) to drive them. 

The impacts are in major opportunity costs and negative consequences for the wellbeing of existing staff.

Promising opportunities are left on the table, under-resourced technical teams feel stretched and stressed, costing companies in the long run.

If you’re an executive feeling this strain, you’re not alone – every major developed nation has hit the same business firewall.

Only a small percentage of technology and software roles will come from onshore applicants over the next five years.
Only a small percentage of technology and software roles will come from onshore applicants over the next five years.

Australia’s need for an additional 100,000 ICT workers over the next five years (ACS Digital Pulse report, 2018) is echoed strongly by other economies around the world.

UK statistics show that between 67% and 81% of private and public sector entities are experiencing a “critical skills shortage issue”, costing them £141 billion in GDP growth.

Singaporean employers cite a talent shortage as their “top concern for the future” in light of their government’s crackdown on hiring migrants, and a staggering three-quarters of Hong Kong’s CIO’s aren’t secretive about the challenges in finding right-fit, high-calibre IT professionals.

The solution, as I’ve been able to show our customers firsthand, is in leveraging an offshore partner who can scale up and down exactly as your business requires.

A strong offshore technology partner with flexible access to strong, high-calibre talent pools will allow you to create, meet and maximise opportunities which otherwise would not be possible.

A strong offshore partner will take the weight off of your team, leaving more time for innovative thinking, stronger processes, security and implementations with superior solution design – all crucial markers for minimising technical debt, and maximising quality and profitability.

A strong offshore technology partner will keep you agile and at the forefront of innovation, representing a huge return on investment.
A strong offshore technology partner will keep you agile and at the forefront of innovation, representing a huge return on investment.

The benefits don’t end with your team and bottom-line.

Technology is changing. Organisations who want to operate on the bleeding edge are faced with the challenge of keeping up; how to ensure that you’re maximising the innovation you’re generating for your customers and industry.

Hiring one-off specialist contractors and consultants can negatively impact the velocity of the work in progress while over-investing in existing technical teams makes for easy poaching in an increasingly competitive hiring market.

Offshore technology partners instead do the heavy lifting when it comes to recruiting and training for specific technologies. They shoulder the responsibility of learning highly-specialised skills and processes and take away the risk of attrition and lowered productivity.

While the price will always be a factor when choosing an offshore technology partner, sophisticated organisations are realizing more and more that the true value comes not in upfront cost-savings – but in overall return on investment.

In fact, low-quality operators more often than not end up costing companies more.

Rigid delivery processes, poor communication channels, vulnerable implementations, re-work and technical debt are all part of the hidden price tag.

The reason for this is simple: low-quality offshore operators have trouble attracting, and retaining top technical talent.

Utilising the services of a strong offshore partner means having unfettered access to an unshakeable culture of excellence.

Excellence that enables you leverage the kind of talent that’s continuously being pursued, developed and retained. The long-term return on investment for this is exponential.

The right digital talent will help you to solve cutting-edge problems and build industry-leading products.
The right digital talent will help you to solve cutting-edge problems and build industry-leading products.

In my experience, the concerns most executives struggle with typically involve some variation of:

How can I meet the demands of my business, whilst minimising costs and maximising profitability? How can I make sure I’m meeting all opportunities head on without compromising on quality or the morale of my team? 

And my answer is this: 

Any company seeking to operate at the top of their game needs a strong offshore partner.

….A strong offshore partner will give you an edge in your ability to scale flexibly, to innovate and to get to market faster.

…A strong partner will be harmonised with your organisational goals, vision and values.

…A strong offshore partner will have access to a deep talent pool, built around a solid culture that can easily attract (and retain) talent

…And because top talent is always in demand, regardless of the market.

6 Trends that will upend mobile app development in 2020

Most of us own a smartphone and we’re not afraid to use them.

About 67 percent of the global population are subscribed to mobile services, and that number is growing rapidly. We love a wireless lifestyle, and rely heavily on our mobile devices. 

More than half of Australian adults don’t have a landline and 16 percent are mobile-only for internet at home. In the UK, 95 percent of people use their smartphone every day and phones are also the most-used of all devices they own.

People’s desire for convenience and immediacy means developing services and experiences to be delivered via mobiles must be a priority for businesses. 

Smartphone users are always looking for great apps—following app development trends can give your business the upper hand.
Smartphone users are always looking for great apps—following app development trends can give your business the upper hand.

It’s no wonder, then, that the mobile app market is booming. More people are downloading, using and spending money inside native apps than ever before. Global app market revenues are expected to reach $581 billion (USD) in 2020. 

Mobile app development is important for your business, but you need to understand the features and technologies that will be most in demand. An app won’t improve your customer experience or increase revenue unless people download it and use it. 

Let’s explore six mobile app development trends that will drive usage in coming years.

1.Wearables integration

Apps that allow users to make the most of other technologies that improve their life will be more indispensable. 

Wearables are rising in popularity, especially in the health, sport, wellbeing and personal safety fields. Because the tech is embedded in items you wear they’re more portable and hands-free than mobile phones. 

Unlike a phone, wearables are often used to perform very specific and simple functions, and users don’t always have the skill or desire to integrate them as part of a wider IoT network. Maximising the benefits and usability of wearables is a huge opportunity for businesses looking to develop a mobile app. 

Build a mobile app that cleverly augments the data and functionality of a Fitbit or smartwatch, and you’ll guarantee broader appeal.

2.Chatbots 

Chatbots are revolutionising the way people access information and retail shopping experiences. The dependability and sophistication of virtual assistants is incredible, and advancing rapidly.

When they can get accurate answers fast, humans don’t mind interacting with robots and perceive them as innovative. So it makes sense that the development of mobile apps with embedded chatbots is something smartphone users will embrace. 

For apps focused on service, helping people find the right product, or stay informed—the immediacy and human-like engagement made possible by chatbots will set your business apart. 

App development must integrate features customers want, in order to simplify tasks—such as mobile wallets.
App development must integrate features customers want, in order to simplify tasks—such as mobile wallets.

3.Mobile wallets

Most of us never leave home without our smartphone, so being able to complete purchases with a swipe of your mobile is an attractive prospect. Security and bank/vendor support has improved, making the mobile wallet an increasingly preferred method of payment.

There’s already big-name mobile wallets in the market, like Google Pay and Apple Pay. While there’s room for more, in terms of future app development trends, the focus will be helping consumers make use of contactless payments.

For instance, mobile banking is now the fastest growing banking method in Australia—banks should be enhancing apps to make connecting to mobile wallets straightforward. New apps—especially retail and services—should seamlessly enable mobile wallet payment for in app purchases and subscriptions.

4.Beacon technology

Beacons are pieces of hardware that are being widely used in a variety of settings to detect smart devices nearby (phones, wearables etc.) and send signals and messages to them via Wifi or Bluetooth. 

A popular use is for advertising—sending retail customers personalised offers—known as geo-marketing or proximity marketing. Other applications could include tracking patients in hospitals, informing tourists at public sites, or alerting workers on large sites. Of course, people need an app on their smartphone to actually receive information from beacons. 

Integrating beacon data with mobile apps has its challenges, including dealing with data transmission protocols and interpreting beacon data. Mobile apps hitting the market that leverage beacons to engage and help app users will excel. 

New networks and hardware offer an opportunity to create mobile apps that help users make full use of cutting-edge functionality.
New networks and hardware offer an opportunity to create mobile apps that help users make full use of cutting-edge functionality.

5. 5G network

The fifth generation of wireless network technology is poised to deliver incredible speeds and reduced latency for mobile users. 

What does that mean for mobile app development? Content-heavy and bandwidth-intensive experiences can be offered without lag. For instance, apps focused on HD video, virtual and augmented reality, 3D gaming, or drawing on a massive amount of data from sensors in an Internet of Things (IoT) network. 

While research by Deloitte shows that many Australians are wary of the cost associated with 5G devices (up to 84% felt the premium was too high), there will be eager early-adopters and costs will come down as the network coverage grows.

Capitalising on the capabilities of 5G via apps that allow individuals and industries to enjoy the improved performance on offer, will be a key trend in mobile app development. 

6. Foldable devices

Not only will people soon be using 5G mobiles, their hardware may also be foldable. The buzz around foldable phones is significant—with many phone manufacturers prioritising their design and development.

This poses an issue when it comes to software development—how to achieve continuity across split screens and the functionality of different devices. 

It’s also a chance to lead the market. Many of the most dowloaded apps in coming years will be those that provide a top-notch user experience on split-screens.  

Building new apps, or re-imaging current apps, to work specifically on foldables is a smart move.

Build your expertise to tackle app development trends

So now that you understand the trends set to shape mobile app popularity and drive growth, the next step is to bolster your software development capabilities.Growth in the mobile app market is, in turn, driving demand for quality mobile developers. You may need to rethink your IT talent sourcing strategy to access the talent and software development expertise required to incorporate cutting-edge trends in a successful mobile app.