In recent years, the capabilities of software driven technology have increased significantly and so has the requirements from users. The way that customers consume information is constantly changing and there may be new and more effective ways to get done.
Put simply, software development is the process of specifying, designing, programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing all elements involved in creating and maintaining applications, frameworks, or other software components. These programmes are then used to help users achieve different objectives, goals, or processes that will normally take too much time when done manually and increase productivity.
Software development is not a quick and simple business function. There is a specific methodology with clearly defined processes that should be followed to ensure high quality software is implemented. The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) consist of six steps:
• Requirement analysis
• Software design
• Software development
Investing in developing current software can bring a host of benefits to your business, including:
• Reduced cost, not just in terms of monitory value but also in time by automating routine tasks.
• Improved employee efficiency and streamline business operations.
• Encourage innovative thinking and concepts to meeting the changing needs of your customers.
• Increase your customers user experience by providing them with enhanced functions and features.
• Satisfy the growing requirements of your organisation and that of the customer.
• Provides the ability to connect and integrate data across multiple systems and users.
• Ensure that your organisation and software comply with external standards such as GDPR and ISO 27001.
In safety or security critical markets or industries ensuring that any form of software is developed to the latest specification, has been put through a rigorous quality and assurance testing process and is fit for purpose is a must. The cost of software failure can be massive so can you afford for this not to be done correctly?
In conclusion, software development is a vital, challenging, and complicated process that can improve the user’s experiences, increase visibility, reduce risks and bring more feature-rich and innovative products to market.