Oct 25

Successful software development is a series of processes. While the processes are the same for a small quick utility or an Enterprise-wide suite of applications, they will often take different amounts of time, depending on the size of your project. We will be working with you every step of the way to ensure you get exactly what you need.
1. Business Requirements Review

Your personal account manager will work with you to determine exactly what the business requirements are and document them so that everyone involved is working from the same understanding. We will watch how you work (where applicable) to ensure we understand what you want and need. This process will also allow us to create the functional specifications so it’s clear to you what technologies will be involved and why.

For the small project, this might be covered in a short phone call. For the larger projects, this could take days. Either way, we will cater to the business requirements so everyone can agree on the work to be performed.

2. Design the Solution

This process takes a closer look at your expected growth, technology you already own, budget requirements which might impact technology selections and possible growth avenues the solution will provide.

This process will address how our custom software will affect your computers, network, databases and any support and maintenance programs you currently use. Obviously, for the small to medium sized project, there might not be impacts to your current environment so this step could be quickly completed.

3. Code the Solution

While we have favorite technologies we like to use, we will review coding alternatives with you. You might already own some software tools. Perhaps you like products from a certain vendor. The Software Answer typically creates the software in the most popular computer languages such as Delphi, C#, ASP, Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic, and HTML. We also use SQL and XML. These technologies are affordable to small businesses, and they will continue to work as your company grows.

The Software Answer uses what is called an iterative approach to coding. This means that as we finish major parts of the software, we test it ourselves, and we will meet with you for your preliminary review. By using an iterative approach, we avoid "surprises" at the end of the project. We want you and your employees to try out the software as we are developing it so that we can confirm that the business requirements are being met.

4. Test the Solution

Obviously, this is an important step to delivering a successful solution . While our programmers test it throughout the life cycle, it is also standard practice for you to try out the software as well.

We will deliver the solution in logical modules (where applicable) to help with the testing. A common practice is to setup a single machine (or small group) which runs the new custom solution and allow the various departments or employees to each spend time doing their jobs using the new application. An integrated "Bug Tracking" module will be provided (for most platforms) to allow users to record their findings, make suggestions and report a problem.

Detailed reports are available from this tool so that management and staffers are all up to date on what was found, in process, needs work or signed off on. For the smaller solution, generally all that is needed is a single user performing the task or function the solution was designed for to determine applicability.

5. Documentation and Help Files (optional)

Not all custom software providers spend very much time on this step, however, here at The Software Answer , we know that detailed documentation and help files are critical to reducing the learning curve for the user community. And since we make it a practice to use extensive comments within the source code, maintenance and revisions to the code in the future are much easier. If you opt to get Help files , you will receive CHM and HLP files that are content sensitive and provide the information needed to effectively use the software.

6. Implementation on your system(s)

The final process necessary to deliver a successful solution is implementing it on your PC’s and network or web site. During the testing phase, any problems should have been defined and over come so this last step just brings it all together. And if you do find something wrong or want to add a new feature, we will be there.

When this step is complete, you will have the solution you need to move your business forward in today’s competitive markets.

Get Started Today!

To see exactly what it would cost to get the solution you want, contact us today and Request a Quote for your business problem, and let us provide you with the specifics to your business solution.

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