Many of today’s industries depend on software to ensure that their employees accomplish necessary tasks in an efficient and timely manner. Software requirements vary per industry, but the cycle of development is the same across all industries. Here’s a brief look at how software is born:
Identifying the needs
A company has to identify its needs and goals first. This means that a designated leader has to schedule a meeting with all concerned staff members and outline the features they want from the software. For instance, a customer service center would likely expect a program with a search feature, where they can easily look up and update customers’ details.
Meeting with the software development company
Once the needs are established, the company can meet with a software developer to further discuss the specifications. The programmer will suggest ways on how to improve what the company has in mind, and will let the company know of realistic timelines.
Developing the software
Programmers can work on their own or have a team with them to develop the software that’s in line with client specifications. At this stage, they have to maintain an open line of communication with the client and alert the latter for any problems.
Testing the software
Programmers have to make sure the application will function according to its intended purpose. To determine this, they need software testing tools. In some cases, they can also enlist the intended users to do a test run of the software.