Creating Custom Software for Your Needs

Custom Software can help you automate your business and provides a more tailored and powerful solution than off-the-shelf software can.  This can help give your business a competitive advantage over other businesses that lack such a tailored solution, reduce redundancy between systems, help with admin or create a unique customer experience. However, you need to know what your business needs from its software solution, otherwise, the software may become generic or impractical.

Defining what you need from a Custom Software Solution.

The first step in creating custom software is planning, this is where you define what you need your software to do, and how you want to do it. In this step, you should start by considering how your software should work and identifying any bottlenecks or pain points in your current workflow.

Once you have identified your business’s needs, you need clear and structured goals. These goals should align with the business’s broader objectives and be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). This will help you better understand why you need this software and how you can measure its impact.

Next, you can start to consider the features and requirements of the software, making sure they align with your goals. All goals should be communicated to all parties during the development phase to make sure it stays on track, and the software is designed around your core business objectives.

Scoping your Software Solution with Developers.

By creating a basic plan, you should at least have the fundamentals that will be core to your software. This will not mean everything is perfect and will stay the same, but your software will align with your business goals.

After creating a basic plan, we can help you scope out your solution a little better. This will include you communicating your planning, and presenting it to us, allowing us to provide you with more insights into the software functionality, technical considerations, development timeline and an overall estimate on pricing.

Development of the Custom Software Solution.

At this point, the software will be developed in stages, with client input at the centre of the cycle.
First, a set of features will be discussed with the client and planned out. From here a design will be created, developed, and then tested by us. Then you can evaluate the features, and after refinements are made, the cycle repeats until the software is ready for deployment.

Planning.

The planning phase involves the client and is important as it allows both the developers and the client to communicate and work out a feature set that the software will require. This step requires well-understood and careful communication so that development time, and money is not spent on a feature that was miscommunicated.

Designing, Development and Testing.

In this part of the development cycle we design and then implement the features that were planned. This includes both the backend work required to store, retrieve, and process data, as well as the frontend work that is the user interface.

Extensive time is spent testing to make sure that the new features are stable along with the rest of the software application.

Evaluating

Once the features are implemented, we provide them to you to test and provide feedback upon. This allows us to refine the software and ensure it sticks to the original goals and supports your needs.

Considerations when Creating Custom Software

Ultimately custom software can provide many advantages to a business, especially when compared to off-the-shelf software. However, before beginning development gaining an understanding of the cycle your custom software will undergo is important, as it will help you be more a part of the software cycle, ensuring the software meets the needs of your business. Ultimately LocalTeam Australia can help ensure your custom software meets your goals. Utilising a range of tools such as Jira we strive to help keep a part of the software cycle. If you would like to find out more, don’t hesitate, to get in touch with us and book a FREE consultation. We specialise in all things software related and are in this business to help people.  Shoot us an email at info@localteam.com.au or call us at (07) 4599 7300 Mon-Fri: 9 am-4 pm.

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