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"Crouching Tiger"

Quality and its Implementation in the Indian and Irish Software Communities

Author(s): Brendan Keane
Subject: Social Sciences

Book Description

There are few people who have not heard of the Irish software success story. Once a country whose primary industries were agriculture and manufacturing, Ireland has become a focal point for many multinational corporations setting up major offshore software bases. There has also been strong growth in the indigenous software sector. However, the Irish software industry is facing some new challenges. Low-cost countries are investing in the growth of their software industry. And, with this investment, they are also focusing on software quality to given themselves a further competitive edge. This is particularly true in the case of India. Both Ireland and India hold much in common in that their respective economies can boast English speaking, well-educated workforces. Consequently, the Irish software industry must be aware of strengths demonstrated by their competitors in India.

This volume explores the attitudes and experiences of the members of the Indian and Irish software communities towards one aspect of quality - that of software process quality. A comparison of the implementation of software process models is presented, concluding with recommendations to support the Irish software industry’s competitiveness in a global marketplace.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8326-2
ISBN-10: 1-84718-326-3
Date of Publication: 01/11/2007
Pages / Size: 198 / A5
Price: £29.99


Brendan Keane studied at the University of Limerick where he graduated with a Master of Science degree in 2005. His research focused on the attitudes and opinions of the software communities of both Ireland and India towards software quality models. As part of his research, he has spent time with software professionals in both countries investigating decisions by companies on their selection and use of software quality models. He currently lives in Dublin and works in a QA Role within the Financial Services Sector.

Dr. Mícheál Ó hAodha works as a librarian at the University of Limerick, Ireland where he also teaches part-time in the Department of History on a number of History, Politics and Social Studies (HPSS) courses relating to the history of Irish Migration. He has published more than thirty books including: Irish Travellers: Representations and Realities; Dublin: Liffey Press (2006) and On the Margins of Memory: Recovering the Migrant Voice; UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2007)
Dr. Ita Richardson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS), University of Limerick, Ireland