Software development evolves businesses

Modern Businesses and Software Development

The world we are living in today has evolved into a world beyond what we are capable of perceiving. Just a little over a decade ago, phone applications are a novelty. In today’s world, every company, business, and even individuals strive to create their own mobile apps. The potential of these intangible innovations was neither wasted nor ignored by the masses. As simple and small as they may seem, mobile apps have been at the forefront of the modern-day digital revolution.

In this era, it is a guarantee that no smartphone is without a mobile application. Such world-changing innovations must have had predecessors from which it was developed over. The history of mobile applications is not exactly a long one since it is very recent and a part of the modern history of digital media. You might think that the first mobile apps existed somewhen in the early 2010s or 2000s. However, it has been around since the 90s.

History of mobile apps

Mobile applications would not have existed without the invention of the smartphone. Although smartphones have only boomed in recent years, the first-ever smartphone was made decades earlier. In 1992, International Business Machines (IBM) announced the inception of the world’s first smartphone. The Simon Personal Communicator (SPC) included several built-in applications that are also found in modern smartphones.

Within the SPC, IBM included essential apps such as an address book, calendar, appointment scheduler, calculator, world time clock, electronic notepad, handwritten annotations, as well as standard and predictive stylus input screen keyboards. Even though its tactile screen has long since been improved, the Simon Personal Communicator was ahead of its time in touchscreen technology. Although it was not as widely used, the SPC would be the ancestor of modern smartphones.

Modern businesses

The spark that was started by IBM revolutionized multiple industries and even gave birth to new ones. In recent years, more and more companies have started using mobile apps to enhance their businesses. An easy example of this can be seen with banks all over the world. Earlier in the century, people would need to go to the bank itself or find ATMs if they would want to transfer money. Now, most processes can be done directly from the comfort of sofas in their living room via smartphones.

The advancements in technology improve convenience for each client of the business, thus, making mobile applications more relevant every year. With this realisation, companies entered a new race in which digital technology is at its centre. The transition into a technology-dominated territory means that businesses would need to adapt in order to survive. The increasing need for mobile software leads to the growth of industries such as software development, website development and design, and even graphic design.

The software development industry

Before, the word ‘product’ evoked the image of tangible objects sold by companies to their customers or consumers. Over time, even the terminology evolved. In this era of technology, products can even include digital systems, web-based applications, and mobile applications. Trading could even be made within a mobile phone. One can even pay digital currency and receive intangible digital content. This entire growth comes from the blooming software development industry.

The industry started booming after computers were first sold in masses to the general public in the early 60s. However, the first independent software company in history was established a little earlier in 1955 and goes by the name Company Usage Company (CUC). CUC practically pioneered the computer services industry because software development was done individually or by very few commercial computer vendors before their establishment. Today, the number of software service companies would easily tally up to the hundred of thousands or millions, even.

How the digital ecosystem benefits users

The most important aspect of every business is the customer. The customer base is the factor a business thrives or dies. This is because customers play an important role to provide demand and, subsequently, revenue. The good news for digital systems is that they have become a necessity today. Therefore, there is a constant need for the industry. This means the customer base will always be available for software development services. The question then turns into: what kind of products and services would the customer require?

The versatile nature of the internet and digital systems as a whole allows them to even solve problems that extend beyond the screen of a computer. With this, they provide the best medium for businesses to reach audiences since almost everyone today owns a mobile phone. When everyone can be reached, businesses can evolve into a whole new digital form. Another advantage of mobile applications is that they provide convenience for most. 

Just earlier in the decade, everyone would need to physically go to a supermarket to get groceries. Today, even grocery shopping has been integrated into the digital world. Without even leaving the house, a user connected to the internet can order their groceries online using various mobile applications such as HappyFresh, GrabFood, and FoodPanda to have their groceries delivered straight to their houses. This was especially useful when the world was facing the recent global pandemic.

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Following the trend through software development

The economy is an ever-changing and ever-evolving ecosystem. If a business doesn’t ride the flow of economic trends, they are bound to struggle and sink. This a lesson best learned from Blockbuster, the DVD rental service, and their biggest competitor, Netflix. With a transition from physical DVD rentals to an online platform, Netflix managed to dominate the market. Even though it is evident, businesses would need to create and solidify their online presence even if it is just a simple website.

At InspireNow, providing software development services adhering to the industry’s best standards is our priority. We focus on developing custom systems that are inclusive, accessible, and user-friendly for any demographic. However, creating custom systems and websites would require companies to expend a lot of financial resources. InspireNow offers EasyPayment, a method in which organisations and companies may spread out their payments spanning a period of up to 12 months. We hope to provide useful systems and websites for every company seeking to solidify its presence on the internet.