Many people often believe software development to be an easy process, while others think it’s complicated and technically challenging. The truth is, software development can be both an extremely complex procedure for quite a few projects, and for others it could easily end up being a somewhat simple process to complete.
In either case, software development will generally follow a process which involves individual stages of development. This is often referred to as the software development life cycle or SDLC. In order to provide ideal services, certain aspects and requirements must be defined for any project. Every software is different and therefore requires different procedures. Through proper evaluation of individual requirements TEKware can ultimately prepare an ideal plan for the software development life cycle.
Almost every software development company will have in place some type of predefined approach during the development of a software. While many of the processes and procedures can be modified for a number of the project requirements, the basic structure and nature of the project development will remain intact.
Outlining specific requirements and direct specifications. This is more than likely the initial step in developing software. As much information as possible must be gathered along with specific requirements pertaining to the project. This will help us in analyzing and determining the overall feasibility of the project.
- What do you expect from the project?
- What is your time frame?
- How will users benefit from the software?
- Is it technically possible to complete the project?
- Is it feasible?
In order to move forward with any project, these questions plus additional questions must first be answered. After determining the feasibility of a project, the following phases can be implemented.
This phase of the project involves a detailed outline for development and includes every aspect of the software. More importantly, individual requirements of the project are evaluated, which allows for specific strategies to be implemented. Software design basically comes together during two separate phases. System design of the software itself which demonstrates functionality and interaction. And second, the component phase, which is simply the building blocks and helps in planning with every element of the software.
The Implementation Phase
During this phase each of the individual components are developed. This is where actual design concepts are applied and formatted into computer language. Various programming languages are utilized that meet project requirements and assist in gaining preferred results. The implementation phase is also when the database and all source code will be created.
Software testing can often vary depending on the organization. Generally, testing can begin as soon as the components have been created. In many cases, some software designs can start during implementation.
After all components of the software project have been incorporated and the software completed, it can proceed to be installed on a computer system and initiated.
Software maintenance is a requirement which is generally overlooked by clients. While a new software design often provides many benefits and expectations, certain changes and modifications may be necessary. Changes in other business procedures, updated features and a whole host of other requirements could occur after completion. That’s why it’s crucial to include and maintain some type of maintenance program which will assist in constantly evaluating the software for smooth operation and proper functioning.