Deloitte software engineering gets global boost – TechTarget

Deloitte software engineering gets global boost – TechTarget

A recent Deloitte Consulting acquisition bolsters the company’s round-the-clock sprint to meet customers’ software needs.

In February, the consultancy acquired Dextra Technologies, a product engineering and embedded software specialist. The company, based in Monterrey, Mexico, provides a nearshore software center that lines up with the U.S. Central time zone. Other centers extend Deloitte Consulting’s time zone coverage worldwide. In 2021, the consultancy acquired HashedIn Technologies, a product development and software engineering firm in India. Another nexus of delivery hubs operate in Eastern Europe, rounding out the Deloitte software engineering roster.

Ranjit Bawa

The three regions offer customers a follow-the-sun delivery cycle, noted Ranjit Bawa, principal and U.S. cloud leader at Deloitte Consulting. The centers can hand off a software sprint from location to location, so the company can continuously release functionality.

“A 24/7 sprint can drive a lot more product velocity,” Bawa said.

Faster product cycles

Speed becomes critical for customers pursuing shrinking delivery timelines. In the past, 18-month-to-two-year delivery cycles were the norm, but now customers aim for 6-to-12-week sprint cycles, said Kevin Prendeville, principal and product engineering services leader at Deloitte Consulting.

The increased tempo comes as more enterprises execute product-as-a-service business models and make software a key component of their offerings, such as medical equipment or automobiles.

“Most clients are running a software business,” Bawa said, noting some carmakers employ more software engineers than automotive engineers.

A 24/7 sprint can drive a lot more product velocity.

Ranjit BawaPrincipal and U.S. cloud leader, Deloitte Consulting

The software focus puts clients in a position to create new revenue streams and disrupt industries, he added. It also emphasizes product engineering, a discipline that goes beyond software coding. The product engineering process runs the gamut from product strategy and ideation to development, release and ongoing support. Product engineering may also call for specialized hardware and embedded software in use cases such as IoT.

The Dextra acquisition contributes to Deloitte’s embedded technology capabilities.

“The addition of embedded software capabilities means we can create software that is inside hardware,” Prendeville said. Dextra’s specialization helps Deloitte Consulting support key sectors including IoT, automotive technology, semiconductors, medical products and consumer electronics, he noted.

Converging trends fuel growth

Deloitte Consulting’s expanding software reach supports its cloud business, providing cloud-native development resources. The software focus also contributes to cloud revenue growth. While customers demand faster turnaround on software products, software engineering skills are in short supply. Bawa likened the talent crisis to the chip shortage that currently affects a range of IT and consumer products.