Enterprise software development
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What is Enterprise Software?
Enterprise software is not all that different from regular software. The difference between the two is that software for enterprise is usually developed to meet specific needs. It is most often used by organizations and companies rather than by individuals and can provide a variety of features specific to a business’s needs.
Throughout the software development process, our developers focus on your company’s goal and business processes to create a system that works for you, not the other way around like with most software systems. The development of enterprise softwares is much more complex because developers must understand what the enterprise needs and make it become a reality.
ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
Whether you choose to include third-party data management systems or design your own, adding a data management service to your enterprise software can save you both time and money. Your enterprise can keep up with the times when you include a system with predictive analytics efficient data management strategies.
Modernized and Updated
Avoid the risks that come with outdated programs and perform tests on old apps. You can choose to either update the system or create an entirely new one that will stand against threats and lower your costs for maintenance.
The Development Process
The first step in software development is planning. You must decide what functions your operating system needs and what your enterprise will use the program for. For example: do you need one that includes accounting functions? What kind of business processes will you need carried out? Ordering process? Customer data storage?
It’s important to thoroughly plan out your enterprise’s needs as our developers need all the information they can get.
Once a plan has been put together, it is time to design the program. Our developers will take this time to sketch out the overall system architecture. They will focus on the functions your enterprise needs and come up with a custom design plan.
The next step of the process is the actual developing phase. Our developers will write out code and work to produce a software system that meets your specified requirements. They will ensure UX (user experience) design is running smoothly and that the system is robust. While there is always room to grow and improve, it is important that your enterprise software is secure from the beginning.
After the program has been designed, it is put through rigorous testing to make sure it is performing as expected. The testing phase is comprehensive and consists of multiple different tests in order to make sure the software isn’t flawed in any areas. If a flaw is found or a requirement is not met, the program will go back to developing and the necessary changes will be made.
Work with our software development team to schedule a release time. After it’s released, it’s important to do regular maintenance checks and updates to keep it running smoothly. As your business develops, you can develop your program to meet new goals and needs.
For the entire development process, we’ll set deadlines that both you and our developers understand. Without set timeframes on even the design and planning phases, it can draw out the software development process much longer than necessary.
2020 Enterprise Software Trends
While some trends aren’t very useful and can be just plain frivolous, some trends are worth drawing inspiration from. Even when it comes to enterprise software development, there are trends that should and shouldn’t be followed. Here are a few enterprise software development trends that will keep your operating system robust and competitive.
Focusing on Cybersecurity
With most things being online today, it’s important to ensure your customer’s information is secure. Everyday, there are thousands of people working to develop even more robust security features to incorporate into software systems. Unfortunately, there are just as many, if not more, working to hack through such systems.
Never overestimate the security of your operating system. Even if you have the latest and greatest in cybersecurity, you should perform regular tests and scans to find any weak points before they become a problem.
Invest in third-party security teams that can test your systems from the outside and help work on securing your operating system. External penetration of your systems is one of the best ways to identify any problems and to see how effective current security measures are.
Incorporating AI & Machine Learning
If you want your operating system to keep a steady growth rate, be sure to incorporate some form of AI or machine learning. These modern technologies can take your business performance to a whole new level.
Smart enterprise programs can allow for employees to access important customer data and information such as past invoices, any previous transactions, and any terms for payments they may have already agreed to. Any user on your enterprise system is able to access that information which allows for employees to smoothly and efficiently work with customers on a day to day basis.
Other AI features can also be useful for staff management. One feature that can be particularly helpful is the ability to create optimized staff schedules.
Not only is including AI and machine learning helpful for your business, more than 40% of new enterprise software systems included AI technology in 2019. The popularity of these features is increasing as the data processing and analysis done by the AI’s is allowing business to operate better than ever.
Cloud based programs are increasing in popularity. They’re so popular, in fact, that almost every development company now offers it as an option for enterprise software.
Cloud-based software can allow for greater business flexibility with relatively low costs. Unfortunately, because employees are able to use their own devices to access the software, the possibility of leaking sensitive information increases. If using a cloud-based software for your enterprise, it is important to educate your employees about the risks associated with it.
It is also important that your app provides users with engaging and personal experiences to prevent staff from choosing enterprise apps that are less reliable or secure. Even if your operating system doesn’t follow the cloud-based trend, making sure employees are able to have seamless, personalized experiences with your app can help combat cybersecurity risks.
Because the demand for personalized software has increased, it is easy to find companies that will develop an app with this focus in mind. Adding personalization to your list of requirements should not hinder your search for quality developers and in fact keep your operating system more secure.
Enterprise Software Development Practices to Take Note of
Because you want an operating system that is going to be durable and high-quality, it’s important to execute the best practices you can throughout the entire enterprise software development process. If you’ve never gone through the development process, it can be difficult to know what the best practices are. Even if you’ve worked with developers several times before, it’s always good to check back and get advice from other sources so you are aware of all possible options.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best practices to follow while working with a enterprise software development team on your project.
Select the Best Developers For Your Project
This is probably an obvious choice, but actually choosing the best developers can be difficult. After all, how do you know they are the best developers who will support your company’s digital transformation? Here are some general guidelines to follow when making the decision:
Don’t choose the cheapest software solutions. If a company is offering you a price much lower than average, this should be a warning sign. Companies that offer unbelievably low prices may be inexperienced or a scam. It’s likely that whatever money you save by choosing the cheapest software solutions will be used to fix a poor system down the road.
Study the company’s portfolio. If they have projects they’re proud of, they should list them on their website for you to easily view. Check to see if they’ve ever developed programs similar to what you want and if they have experience in your enterprise’s field.
Make sure the company you choose isn’t incredibly small or extremely large. Smaller companies may not have enough developers to work on your project or support your business in a timely manner. They may be cheaper, but if your project requires a skill their team doesn’t possess, you may be at a loss.
On the other hand, a business that’s extremely large might charge you more for a project they won’t make their priority. By choosing a company that is safely in the middle, you will have access to a good amount of developers without worrying about whether your business project will be well taken care of.
Outline Your Requirements
Right at the start, make sure you are communicating clearly with your developers. Define your business goal clearly and list any special requirements you have that are unique to your enterprise. Tell your developers what the program will be used for, business or otherwise, and make sure to keep the main goal the same throughout the whole project.
It’s also important to make a timeline for your project. It’s important to keep deadlines so the project moves along and doesn’t get set aside. This should be discussed with your developers at the start of the project.
Along with your requirements, also make note of all features and functions you want to include. One of the biggest pains for developers is when clients keep adding new features or functions during the process. List out all the features you want ahead of time and inform your developers so they can include them from the start.
Decide on Coding
Before the developers start your software project, decide what language you want your software coded with. If you aren’t sure what the difference is, talk to your development company and ask what language they would recommend for your specific project. They have the experience necessary to know what the best options are, but you must still decide before the development process begins. This prevents confusion further down the road.
It’s also important to make sure unnecessary coding isn’t being written out. If you don’t need a particular feature, don’t write the code for it. You can always add something later if you need to, but adding functions you won’t use right then can slow down your systems and increase the price for development.
Enterprise Software Development Takeaways
It’s a big decision to create a custom software just for your enterprise, but digital transformation is certainly possible. From start to finish, the process can be intimidating and confusing. By doing research early on and taking the time to plan ahead with our development team, you can prevent a lot of headaches later on. Your custom enterprise software should support your business well and act as an effective relationship management crm among other essential functions.