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Yondu Blog - The Vital Custom Software Development Checklist

Sep 4 2018

The Vital Custom Software Development Project Checklist

In a previous blog post, we detailed that the best way you can tackle the problem of inadequate systems and solve all your software-related pain points is by having a custom software. They can cover all the bases you need within one framework, and it can be developed for optimum ease of use. And, if you’re reading this post, you’re most likely convinced that you need one.

Additionally, with Custom Software Development, we are able to help companies reduce unnecessary costs through automating their most complex processes. This improves their efficiency and productivity through the use of proper tools and increase customer satisfaction through customer engagement channels – thereby increasing their revenues.

Software development, however, is not magic – it doesn’t appear out of nowhere after your Fairy Godmother waves her wand and goes “Bibbidi-bobbidi boo!” (how we wish it were that easy). There are a lot of intricacies involved into the development of a custom software, and most of them will come from you.

Yondu Blog - IT is no magic

If only we could poof up a new software from a pumpkin too…

 

Detailing Your Custom Software Development Project: The Vital Factors

The only way you can be sure that you’ll get a software designed specifically for your needs is by having a detailed plan. Like how an engineer needs a comprehensive blueprint of a building from an architect or how a doctor needs a complete pre-surgery diagnosis, a software developer needs to know all the factors that will affect the project.

Before the development process can be green-lighted, make sure you have a strong grasp of these factors:

Yondu Blog - Detailing Your Custom Software: The Vital Factors

  1. Functionality and Platform

Of course, you’ll need to first think of what is it that you need your custom software to primarily do, and where it’ll be used. Are you looking for mobile app development services? A cost-effective booking system? An online PR news and keywords tracker? A disaster preparedness software capable of real-time tracking and updates?

Your software needs to have a practical and realistic function. Keep an open mind when an expert is telling you that what you’re reaching for might be reaching too far, because technology nowadays still has a lot of limitations despite the growth it’s experienced.

  1. Size and Budget

The size of your custom software greatly depends on what it’ll be used for and the operating platform. It’ll also greatly affect the timeline of your software’s completion, so be sure to have a good size range beforehand. This also applies to your budget – more complex software obviously would cost more to develop.

  1. System

You’re likely outsourcing this project to an IT Company, but not all IT companies are the same. Every company has a field of expertise that they work best with, and weak points that can affect the project’s speed and quality.

Even if IT is a completely foreign world to you, it’s wise to devote some time to researching what sort of technologies are involved in programs similar to the software you’re looking to have developed. This way, you can filter out the IT companies who aren’t as well-versed in the involved systems than others.

  1. Timeframe and Deadline

It’s better to stick to simpler projects, or at least one that can be derived from an existing software, if you’re pressed for time. If you have a more flexible or a further deadline, you can start considering more complex projects. This will also be affected by your choice of whether to have the app change constantly based on user feedback or launch it when it’s at least 95% perfected.

Quick tip: if your employees are your software users, consider the time it would take to train them to use the software and how long can they master it. It’ll significantly reduce the stress of pushing back deadlines and processes just because your people are still adjusting past your expected deadline.

 

Once you get these vital factors defined, it’ll be up to you and your software developer to decide on the finer details, such as the visuals or security details. Clear communication with the people in charge of developing your custom software for you is crucial to make sure that the project is a success at both ends.

 

Have Your Dream Software Developed By the Best

Yondu is your best option for your custom software development needs in the Philippines, as you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re accommodated by certified experts. Check out this link to find out what we can offer.

And if there’s anything you need to know more about our Software Development services, don’t hesitate to contact us today!