Looking for software development solution for your particular requirement and not getting the pre packed software that satisfy your needs ? Then the only option left is choosing custom software development solution . But the question is how can you actually increase changes for successful outcome of custom software project ?
Lets quickly look at some of the points which need to be taken care of while ordering custom software :
Custom software development always gives the desired output if and only if developmental process is taken with utmost care .
The best way to proceed with custom software development software development is to start development with the features that are important in your software development process . It is always suggestible to start with core features first and thereafter focusing on improving the overall experience of the software . Custom software is made as per the customised requirement of the business , so it is always suggestible to get user feedback in the go , so that you can save on your investment for unnecessary features implementation .
Integration of your new software with your already using software always add on some values . For instance say your earlier system is capable of handling the customer handling and follow up , then there is no point of building it again in your custom software development process . Rather it is suggestible to go with integration of new software with the old one which will in turn also saves your time and efforts.
It depends on your project requirement that a software development may take few months or even years to develop your custom software as per your specific requirement . But how can this be fasten up ? Thankfully there are ways to get it quickly done , at least the required one .
The best ways to get it done quickly is following optimal software development model . The two famous family of this models are Agile and Waterfall . Agile mythology focuses on delivery of minimum viable products (MVP) with the core features which is necessary to satisfy users , by also keeping in mind users feedback . The other features get added from time to time which will thereon improve the overall software experience . Whereas on the other hand waterfall model is a good chic in case you don’t undergo with any changes in your project .Modification are painful and time taking task which may lead to late delivery of project . Waterfall is always seems to be beneficial for small project requirement wherein requirement are very well understood .
Always try to define project milestone and documents them in contract with the predefined dates along with the resources who will start working on your project .
Software sustainability implies that the software you use today should be easily usable for at-least next 5-10 years . In order to have software sustainability , you must opt for the technology that is new and stable and can give you significant investment for long time , and not like those which get obsolete in 1-2 years , which will need reinvestment in revamping the complete software .
Always prefer to choose a software development company who agreed to provide you support and maintenance from their in house support team who are familiar with developmental process of your product , who can solve your concern in short span of time . On an average , software lives for 5-10 years , so fix the maintenance contract in accordance with that time period .
Another major factor that may cause trouble situation for you is poor code quality , which will unnecessarily delay bug fixation and testing time longer than usual . At the same time , if you are planning to add on some new features in your existing software , it may become cumbersome and difficult task , as developers might find it difficult to get started with .
At Winklix , our team always suggest to take ownership of your source code in your hands , and is such way you will not be locked with any of the vendors , and thereby gives you freedom to even start with the new vendor to start developmental process right from scratch .
The main drawback of choosing custom software development solution is it does not have any fixed recurring cost . It may increase or decrease on the basis of time taken for the complete developmental cycle .
As a general criteria , the more time it will take for development , the higher will be the costing . So always make sure your project team chooses optimal software development strategy so that you can get the minimum viable project as per the preset milestone .
Another major that you can opt for is commissioning software development project to companies located in India or Eastern Europe , as they generally have lower employee cost in comparison with US workforce .
It is also preferable to hire dedicated resources for your customs software development project so that they can devote enough time on your project which avoid bug fixation at later stage .
There might be a situation that you may address some kind of risk while ordering custom software . The most famous being is lack of budget . It has always been seen that during the initial custom software development stage many of the features has got missed , which may result in lower software value .Later on when you discovered it , it may cost additionally and you may face shortage of funds .
Always remember that you are the master of your own industry and developers are the the master of their coding , and that is the reason the project team may lack necessary competence and expertise in your domain . So the best way to overcome with this situation is to have an timely check of the code as per the defined milestones with the developers in order to check that you both are on same track .
If you have made your mind to go on with custom software developmental solution , the very first thing that you have to document is minimum viable product that is initially required to meet your requirement . On the same time , choose software development stage that best suits your requirement , get documentation done in written format about the features it will contain in your software with the time required for its completion and milestone defined for the same . In order to make it more stable , use modern technologies and fix a maintenance period in the contract in advance . Addressing this issue systematically always ensures smooth carrying on of your software development project .