Software Development And The Growing Cloud Based Server Trend

Working from your office or even remote location using cloud based computer systems are one of the most amazing growth areas for which software development companies are increasingly finding their services requested. Even a year ago when you mentioned handing over a company’s entire database, customer records or financial reports to a third party most people laughed. The very idea of a completely separate company who would control an organisation’s software systems and the storage of data was treated with great suspicion and derision.

Developments in the modern world move fast though and today the idea is all the time more popular one for many reasons. Software development service providers are undertaking greater responsibility for supply, production and management of business systems. Companies can now avail themselves of the latest technologies, at a fraction the cost of traditional IT sourcing methods and get the latest updates as soon as they are released.

The use of third party software systems that provide remote access services mean that there is no need to worry about purchasing hardware or software packages and there is an additional saving on space that normally computers and servers would require. The combination of cloud based systems and software as a service (SaaS), is seen as a way for companies to broaden their horizons without over stretching themselves financially. They can have access to up to date software developments, system upgrades and technical support from their web developers as and when required.

As alien a concept as this was a year or so ago, this is gradually becoming a recognised alternative for many businesses. It offers many practical program development solutions, is an effective cost cutting method and at the same time gives businesses direct access to systems developers who can create bespoke software services, database management and enhanced provision for clients.

Database Management facilities are the latest in database control that mean large scale providers are establishing large custom built data centres where vast amounts of information can be safely stored. This is then easily access through Saas systems, simply and when required. Leading security software developers have already constructed substantial cloud based storage facilities that allow for real time access, without the worry of on site security requirements. This is seen as a way for clients to have the highest possible level of security for their data with complete ease of access from anywhere in the world.

Software Development – Risk Management

The first thing to accept is that software development is unpredictable. No matter what new fangled software is implemented and how many function points are estimated, experience has shown that making the target date (let alone achieving the desired quality outcomes), is a hit and miss affair.

Risk may arise due to loosely defined requirements, difficulties in estimating the time and/or resources needed for the software development, dependence on individual skills and rapidly changing requirements due to changing needs.

Here are some thoughts on how to make the unpredictable a little bit more predictable.

Spend more time setting objectives

Project objectives are important. A project should not be initiated without well thought out objectives. Spend time analysing what the project is trying to achieve. The project objectives need to provide guidance to the programmer for every programming task. Pin up the objectives for each programmer to see.

Here is an example of setting an objective. I was asked to analyse the requirements of a busy manager. His manual filing system was constantly in use, and never in order. A system was needed that would maintain the current details, and ensure that records could always be found. That was easy enough. However, during the interview, the phone rang constantly, with requests for information. The objective finally agreed on was “Eliminate the phone requests”. This led to a very successful solution, but completely different to that originally envisaged.

Having set the objectives of the project, do an exhaustive analysis of how the objectives can be achieved. This should eliminate unrealistic objectives – like “The best and nicest and cheapest and quickest”.

Do not spend too much time gathering requirements.

Rigid analysis stifles programmer and user creativity. It is also no guarantee against a software disaster. Where the documentation of the requirements runs into several volumes, it usually guarantees a software disaster.

Users frequently do not know what they want, but they will recognise it when they see it! What was the original requirement may not be what was wanted at all. Rather spend time on creating a solid project framework that will enable you to achieve the major objectives.

Break a project into multiple tasks.

Wherever possible, a large project should be broken into smaller tasks. Each task will then be more predictable with less to do and less that can go wrong.

The initial programming task should be to create a framework with minimal functionality. Create dummy procedures to show the style and the intent – it is important for the users to see the “look and feel” of the project early in the development cycle. It is equally important for the users to get involved right from the start. What you want is users to start “owning” the project.

With the project objectives soundly set, the basic functionality should be subject to little change. The dummy procedures can be completed once the project concepts and design have been approved. Later tasks can then add the “bells and whistles”.

The project must be “infinitely modifiable”.

The project must be designed so that it can handle major changes to requirements. With a soundly defined framework and infinitely modifiable design, the effect of users changing their minds will be minimal. As will the consequences of new or better ideas as the project evolves.

There needs to extensive thought on how an “infinitely modifiable” system can be created. This must be done before any programming is initiated. “Top down”, modular design standards will help.

The consequences of having a rigid system are unpleasant. When change occurs, and it will, you will have very unhappy management when the target date needs to be extended. Equally unpleasant is to send the programmers on a “death march” to get the project finished on time.

Do not use new or complex technology

Using straightforward, tried and trusted Software provides a head start. There is always some advantage in using the latest version of software – but there can also be a heavy cost. If new technology is essential for the project, then an independent trial of the software is needed to ensure adequate technical knowledge and that all the software bugs have been ironed out (are they ever?).

Relying on immature software with limited programmer exposure to the software is a recipe for disaster.

Hire only the best and brightest

The success of a software project is mainly dependent upon the abilities of the developers. They determine, more than any other factor, the viability of a project and have a tremendous influence on productivity.

A few tips: The successful applicant should have a keen sense of humour (see De Bono and Lateral Thinking) and a good grasp of idiomatic English. Excellent communication is all important.

Do not proceed with a large project where the best and brightest have recently left the company. The company will be suffering from the “skim milk” syndrome – and you need the cream of the crop for successful development.

Reusable code

It is always productive to collect a large library of reusable code. The procedures should be used to standardise: error handling, database access, edit routines, grid handling, etc. The reusable code will reduce debugging times, as each procedure will be called multiple times. It also lessens the amount of coding needed.

See Your Company Flourish With Software Development Services

Your business fledges and your business needs of streamlining your database of customers and meeting the demands or expectations of ebb and flow of business rise. To raise the bar of services and products, software business systems are recommended. These software development systems are clearly defined niche and reposed on and built for a particular service. The software system includes design, development and implementation.

The software development is specifically tailored made according to the needs of the clients and deals with the inherent and external challenge an organization faces. From a large sized business venture to small scale industries are adopting this technique and creating their own software to give themselves an ultimate business advantage and significant returns on investment. Companies traversing various spheres such as Finance, Architects, Solicitors & Notaries, Construction Groups and Media have developed their own scalable Microsoft based technologies & software to enhance and boost their business expansion.

Generally a software development services comprehends software development, system integration, maintenance and support. To tighten up the whole process, these under mentioned points should be kept in mind before partnering with the providers of software or web Development Services:

1) A proven track record of prowess in creating need based software.

2) Should be professionally involved in the business.

3) Highly skilled and expert team of software engineers

4) Should deploy personnel infrastructure of skilled project manager and quality assurance manager for your project

5) Should offer a cost effective deadlines and be strict towards deadlines

6) Can deliver quality product, on-time and on-budget

7) Use of the latest web development as per industry standards

8) Can provide upgraded version of software

Advantages of utilizing a web application development service are:

A) Enhancements and expansions of IT systems

B) Streamlining of administration and documentation

C) A unique web appearance

D) Programming Services for any new developments

To make your business a growing piece of opportunities is not a bed of roses and to continually concentrate on increasing competition of market, sales and other administration process are equally cumbersome and time consuming. With a right company to provide customized software will not only help you to boost your web presence but make an everlasting impression of a reliable company among customers