Necessity of Software Development

It is a fact that information technology has made it easier for companies to handle their business. With the use of efficient computer applications, even the most difficult and complicated activities can be completed within a few minutes. It is possible to develop software which automates tasks which are needed to be performed on a daily basis. Some applications can reduce the most complex tasks and bring it to a bare minimum.

Why Do You Need Software Development?

There are varieties of software applications available in the market which can take care of your needs. They are published to satisfy the requirements of a large number of corporations and companies. They are generic so that various organizations can use them. However, they might not be good enough to meet your specific requirements. These software applications are meant to serve the requirements of all the users as a whole, and so they might not contain certain functions which your company needs.

They might even contain extra coding which makes it cumbersome to use the program. Your organization is probably using multiple applications to help your business. A piece of software needs to be compatible with the other ones that you are using. Incompatibility issues can delay your work and cause you to lose revenue. These issues could hamper the performance of your computer systems and lead to loss of productivity in your workforce.

Software development company can potentially save you from losing money on worthless things and help you increase the productivity. A software developer will design a program which takes into consideration the infrastructure and the demands of your company. The developed applications will contain only those functions that your company is in need of. The developers will provide you with a customized piece of software which can run smoothly in your computer systems. The overall efficiency of the organization is achievable through these customized pieces of software.

How Can Hiring A Software Developer Help?

A software developer comes with the expertise of creating a custom application to fulfill the functions that are required.

These developers will first create a plan for the software. They will find out what functions you expect the application to perform. They will then make a basic blueprint of how the application will need to perform in order to achieve the result that you desire. It may not always be possible to design an application which contains all the functions that you want. This may be caused due to restrictions in the budget or possibly due to the fact that the requirement itself is too vague to be implemented.

After creating a plan, the developers will move on to the designing stage. The platform on which the application will be developed and which computing language should be used, are going to be determined at this point of affairs. They will decide how to proceed with the programming. The developers might even create a prototype in order to see whether the design is feasible or not.

The implementation phase will begin after a detailed draft of the application design has been finalized. The source code and the program will be created during this phase. The application programming interface will be created by the developers in this phase along with the software documentation. The developers will also check the software as it is being developed for bugs and flaws.

The developer will hand you the customized software and install it in your systems after finalizing the software and removing the bugs. They can also help you when it comes to the maintenance of the software systems.

As the technologies of the computers evolve, there will be a need for Software development company who has best software developers. They will be able to make applications which can benefit from the new systems and technologies. A good software system can help you get the most out of your limited resources.

Return on Investment in Software Development

Hi I thought I would write a series of articles on a topic that I believe is becoming absolutely critical in the software development industry, that being the magical and mysterious ROI (return on investment) in software development.

As the owner of a programming company here in South Africa, I decided at the outset of the company that a rule of thumb for accepting any software development project would be that I would need to figure out how to measure the ROI in that particular project. Now you may or may not be surprised to know that in most instances my clients don’t actually think of this measure before taking on the project, they know that they have a business problem or business need that needs to be solved with technology and are willing to pay an amount of money for that. Experience over the years however has shown me that the best way to retain that client in the long term and or to make more business from that client is to prove a ROI in some way on that software development project.

I find this measure to be critical because for my companies purposes it shows exactly how successful a project is to my client in monetary terms. The bigger my impact through the software I develop, the more successful I have been at satisfying that clients need, the easier it is for me to go back to that client and offer further services. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t believe that a project coming in on time or under cost is a great measure of the success of that project at all, this is typically what IT companies do. If I really want to do a great job for my client then I always intentionally build a monitoring tool into the software I develop for them and that tool must track the ROI for the client in some way and present a report to the client whenever they want to see what this piece of software really is worth to them, be it through savings, additional income, time savings, it doesn’t matter so long as you track the value.
So how do you go about figuring out the ROI on software development project?

This is the difficult portion because it requires listening to the clients need carefully and scoping there need correctly, once you have done this, it should become fairly obvious what the client is trying to solve by having the software developed, this should then be a clear indication of the measure to be used on ROI. For example,a client of mine wished to have a system developed that automated the process of allowing shareholders in various properties to swap there owned weeks with each other. Before the client came to me they did this process manually, ie called there shareholders to find out if they were willing to exchange a week with a fellow shareholder that already gave an indication that they wanted to swap there week etc. This took a lot of time and for the administration fee that the client asked to do this, I suspect the profit was very little. Once we had developed the system and allowed the shareholders to interact with each other through the website instead of the web system, the ROI was very clear, why?

-We tracked each exchange in the system, each exchange has a monetary value associated to it.

-The clients telephone bill dropped significantly

-More swaps occur because of the ease at which shareholders can swap weeks, instead of having to go through a process of calling the company then waiting etc, this increase in sales is measurable

-Because the client offered the service electronically he could increase his administration fee.

All this information the client could get through there system thereby ensuring that he could very clearly see what his ROI was.
Conclusion

I believe without a doubt that if you truly want to complete a software development project successfully for a client, then you need to build a ROI tool into the software. Convince the client to do this, if you cant do that then build it free of charge, but make sure that you get your client to look at these figures. In the long term this will have a positive effect on your business and keeps your software development projects honest in terms of creativity and keeping the clients needs in mind constantly.

Please offer your comments and views on this topic, I am very sure that peoples opinions and views on this vary quite considerably, I am very willing to listen to other opinions in this regard.

In my next article on ROI and software, I will be describing more specifically how you can measure ROI on certain types of projects, in this case it will be how to measure ROI precisely in SMS campaigns.

Expose of Standard Software Development Processes

The standardized structure imposed by the software development market leaders are the development systems or processes strictly implemented in order to create a uniform development system anywhere in the world.

To understand software development systems fully a person would require a large amount of knowledge in the field of software engineering. However, if you are contemplating the leap into the unknown that is software development, it always helps to know some of the basics, even if you will not be heavily involved in the actual development. With this knowledge you will have in your armory the means to assess the stability and standards of the software being developed.

Today, there are three development systems that need consideration. Firstly is the Waterfall Process, secondly the Iterative Process and thirdly the Formal Method. The best known and most widely recognised among software developers is the Waterfall Process.

The waterfall model called as such because the manner in which the software development is executed can be likened to that of a waterfall: the eight (8) basic activity processes or steps are done from top to bottom like a falling waterfall. These eight (8) basic processes or steps are: (1) Requirement Analysis, (2) Specification, (3) Software Architecture, (4) Implementation (Coding), (5) Testing, (6) Documentation, (7) Software Training and Support, and (8) Maintenance.

In many software development systems, these 8 steps are interchanged and not all are done within the Waterfall Model. Some argue that this model is the most stable and suited model available, despite it’s age! This is due to the ease of determining problems or bugs within the system, even as early as the specification requirements analysis and before any programming or coding begins. Through experience, a programmer will normally find it much harder to insert a fix into code that has already been written and finished, than it is to code that fix as part of the solution in the first place.