So, you’ve decided that it’s time to build a piece of custom software for your business, so what’s the next step? The good news is that help is at hand, and you don’t have to go through this process alone. Here at BSPOKE Software, we can support you through every step of the software development process. By following these steps below, you’ll be well on your way to creating a piece of software that will offer great value to your clients and/or employees.
Consider the purpose and function of your software
Before you even consider working with a professional team of software developers, we always recommend you take the time to sit down with your team and decide what the purpose and function of your new software will be. This could involve sitting with your employees or a group of customers and working to understand what they are expecting from your new software. If you find even starting the process in this way to be too daunting, don’t worry, as we can guide you through this process.
Find a software development team to work with
When it comes to software development, you may find your options to be overwhelming. While you may consider working on the project yourself or using a freelancer for this project, we generally recommend going with a professional team of software developers.
BSPOKE Software can offer you all of the resources and expertise you may need throughout your project. Our team can help with the research, development, and testing of your new software. We are happy to discuss your requirements whether you need a small basic application or a large complicated software system.
Create a prototype
The first stage of working together consists of creating a prototype for your new product. This stage of the project can come in various forms, but it’s important that your prototype showcases the features of your product and the basic layout and functionalities.
While it can be tempting to skip over this stage and rush straight into the design process, this is often where companies make their first big mistake. We encourage you to take the time to work with us and review the prototype to ensure we are on the same page from day one. This will minimise back and forth later on and will ensure that everyone is happy with the final results.
Regular updates and reviews
If you do outsource your new software development project to our company, we will encourage you to be involved in the project throughout our time working together. Depending on the project’s complexity, we may deliver it in stages, which can help reduce the chance of errors occurring. We’ll send through regular updates, so you know exactly where your project is at. You’ll also be able to communicate this accordingly to your customers or employees so they can start to get excited too.
When companies opt to create a piece of custom software by themselves, they often skip the testing. If you’ve never created software yourself, how will you know what’s wrong with it? Our approach is to test regularly during the development process. This ensures that there are minimal bugs in the final product. We encourage involving your staff/customers in testing, as they will have an end-user perspective.
Continuous updates and improvements
As soon as you launch your software, you may think of new features you’d like to add. This is especially true within more competitive industries, as you need to ensure you remain a market leader. When working with a professional team of software developers, you can return to them over and over again in the future. They will be able to add new features and make adjustments to your software as required.
In comparison to taking on this project alone, you’ll find it much easier to make improvements in the future if working with a development team. Individuals who aren’t familiar with software development, often find they have to go back to the beginning and start the whole process over again when they need something changed. As you can imagine, this results in so much wasted time and energy, which could be far better off used elsewhere in your business. By opting to work with a professional team from the get-go, you’ll have a solution that can be improved and customised to your needs for many years to come.
We recommend hiring a professional software team when you’re ready to start your project. Here at BSPOKE Software House, we work with companies of all sizes to create custom software.
We’re more than happy to discuss your requirements, and put together a plan to start working together. We can help you from the planning stage through implementation, testing to release. Contact us today for more information and to get started with your software development journey.