I was with Chinese offshore software company Bleum last week. The company was updating me on its recent entry into the UK.
We talked about China's advantages. I thought price would be the main draw to China as Indian workers demand more money for their labour. But Bleum said this is not the case. It says the quality of its software is its real differentiator.
It claims to have only 0.012 defects per thousand lines of code. This is pretty impressive given that the global average is 4. It also says 35% of its software releases have zero defects.
But how does it do it? Its governance software known as Hydra is the answer it reckons.
This software watches each and every developer in near real time to check what they are doing and also makes suggestions to developers when they might be doing something that often leads to mistakes.There is also analysis of the information to enable Bleum to work out where faults normally occur. So the software learns and becomes more effective over time.
Bleum said it is important for the company to identify whether mistakes are related to people or processes
The end customer businesses also have an interface that allows them to keep check on the development teams dedicated to them.