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Custom Software Development 10 steps to engage with the client.

We are Custom Software Development Company NJ business reply on. Software development is oftentimes a lengthy process requiring meticulous attention to detail. The process consists of a multitude of chronological phases which have to be performed and executed effectively. The beginning of custom software development should include heavy consideration to the requirements and focus on the overall objectives.

The idea is to automate manual procedures, get any supporting documents from the client, and interview the employees when possible.

In cases where software development fails, it is typically due to lake of proper client communication. During the initial conversation with the client, we assess if the client has any written system requirements in detail. This way, we understand as much as possible about the software development what to expect, and what problems we are going to resolve.

In many cases, the clients do not have any notes nor any wish list which is the optimal method of communicating the requirements to the developers’ team. The idea of this article is to provide any potential client a guideline of how to create detailed requirements to better assist us, and what the process is of transferring all the info from the potential client to the software developers.

Software Requirement Specifications are crucial to the success of the application development. This way it is possible to determine the system development life cycle (SDLC) and its several phases for the custom software development process and is listed below as follows:

1. What type of business the client has?

We ask the client to start with a summary of the type business they have in general.

2. What kind of problem will the new software solve?

What kind of problems are we going to solve with this software development. That will be a general description.

3. What are the most important features for the application?

What are the most important features or parts that we need to focus on first. In some cases the application is very large and the question becomes which part of the application has the top priority for the development? This way even though the entire application is not done yet the client can take advantage of the new technologies and get productive as soon as possible with at least a partial application.

4. What alternative process can be improved?

It could be that based on the initial free consultation and the discussion we have with the client we realized that we need to get a handle of the inventory control for that software solution - to be included in the final proposal.

In some scenarios, when we discussed with the client, part of the solution will be an Inventory control which will be included in the overall design.

In other cases, it may be required to be integrated into an accounting system, or develop a specific accounting element to be part of the development solution.

5. Can the client provide a step by step outline?

We will request the client to provide steps of the process as an outline and provide as much description as possible per each item. If there are multiple steps for the application process we want to understand the sub-processes as well, including potential formulas.

6. Will ask the client to enable us review their existing application.

We review the client’s existing application in order to further expand our notes and get a deeper understanding of the application to be developed as per the various business rules we must consider.

7. Does the client have notes of the current database?

If the client has existing data, then we reverse database engineer to see what kind of data the client has and explore the existing database. If the client is computer savvy then he/she could provide us notes of the tables’ description and much more. All notes that were created from the previous development team are a great help. This way we get an idea of what was done before and learn further the business rules from the previous software developers point of view.

8. Does the client has a wish list?

When we are dealing with an older application which is currently run by the client we will ask the client if he/she has a wish list of items to be improved and if they don’t, then we will request them to prepare one. Such a list will be extremely helpful for the successful new application development.

9. Can the client invest time to describe their business process?

One major point is to listen to the client and write down detailed notes for the business process. The client needs to be prepared to invest time to discuss business rules. With some clients, we brain storm different scenarios in order to find the ultimate solution.

10. Is the client computer savvy?

Some computer Savvy clients can also work with us on the database design while we create the software Requirements Specification Process Services. For database design, we use the data modelling tool such as xCase which is crucial for our discussion with the current client when possible. When we get enough information from the client then we start to create the need analysis as detailed as possible and write down specs to the micro detail level. In this process, we also design the database and get a global view of the entire system.

The above process aids in the selection of the right tools for the software development and assembly of the right team for the success of this process.

In General:

We are databases experts that provides software development services. In addition, we provide web site development for marketing purposes. We provide Remote database services and also known as Remote DBA and one of our staff is MS SQL MVP.

Database optimization is part of the process to develop an efficient software application which can have quick access to its data anywhere in the world.

About Technologies which we are Using in Development:

  • ASP.NET
  • .Net or also known as dot net
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Azure PowerShell
  • Java / JSP
  • Java Script
  • AJAX
  • Adobe Flash / Flex Rich Internet Applications and Animation
  • C#
  • VB.NET
  • HTML / CSS
  • Alpha Five and also known as Alpha Anywhere

Database that we use in our software development:

For any more questions please don’t hesitate to call us at: 732-536-4765

Written by: Doron Farber - The Farber Consulting Group, Inc

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