Building custom software development for an enterprise is a daunting task. Whether you own a technical team of your own or outsource it to experts, the process of custom software development involves a series of stages that need to be carefully followed.
Let us have a brief understanding of the important stages of custom software development:
1. Analysis of Business goals
This stage involves an analysis of business goals to make sure the software/app suit the business needs. This will include learning about the complete ecosystem of the business like technical assets, goals, objectives, weaknesses, strengths and so on. Once all these factors are analyzed, the developers present a detailed scope of work. This stage basically prepares a roadmap for a seamless development process.
2. Design of the app
Once the scope of work is agreed upon and meets the desired outcomes, it’s time to get your hands dirty with the design stage. In this stage, you need to determine what features the application needs, how will it look, what databases will be used and the timeline for the development.
The next stage involves writing the codes for the app. But, it won’t happen overnight and requires proper planning. In this stage, the development tasks are broken down into several segments. Codes are written accordingly for each segment. This way one can keep track of the development process to ensure that it is on the right track. But, you need to place proper tracking tools in place for the same.
Testing of the app is not something, which is only done at the end of the development process. In fact, it should be effectively performed repeatedly during the development process to identify existing issues and take remedial actions.
Besides testing during the process, final testing is undertaken before the implementation of the software. The final implantation will release the product publically. If any serious issues are identified after its release, it will hamper the reputation of the app.
After months of dire hard work, repeated planning, and failures, it is finally time to release your software to the world! Just like the other stages, this step also involves proper planning and a step-by-step procedure.
Before releasing it to the masses, teach your employees about its application and troubleshooting processes. Only when your employees are used to the product, it can be released to the general public. However, merely releasing the app is not the end of it. The development team needs to be constantly available in case you encounter any unforeseen issue in the working of the app.
Developing an app is a never-ending process. There needs to be a proper plan to maintain the app whenever needed. In a dynamic and vulnerable world of the Internet, it is of utmost importance to keep your app secure and up-to-date, which cannot be done without a proper maintenance plan.