Looking to build a Software : 6 best practices for software development
You might be one of the entrepreneurs and businesses who want to build apps for automating processes. It’s important, given the fact that the maximum of our work is online, irrespective of COVID-19. Doesn’t matter if you are at work or at home - simple tools drive workaround 4X times faster than it usually would, had there been a person doing all the manual work. Management, R&D, and Business development teams look for automation and innovation to keep their share of customers and draw in more leads.
It's great until companies forget the basics while asking the IT team or a third-party software company to build them a tool. Not that you cannot build an app without following them, but using them as your guide, saves more than 45% of the delivery time. Here’s how:
Clients look at the competition’s tools and want to replicate them.
It’s very intelligent to keep tabs on your immediate competition and wanting to excel yourself. It is another to replicate / use / build the tools that they are using. Why? Because you have a strategy that’s unique for you and has worked most of the time for you. But by replicating the tool, you are diverting from your own to someone else’s. Your customers are with you for your innovation and not because you follow others.
Instead, look at their resources and think ‘what else I can add/delete in this so that it matches our process? Do we need this whole? Or do I want only some modules of it?’ Build your apps around your process and not your process around your apps.
Clients want to copy a third-party tool
For some reason the third party tool hasn’t worked, maybe the pricing wasn’t right, the data infringement issue or the usability on a whole. So clients opt for replicating the same application only because they have been using it so far and are comfortable with it. No. You shouldn’t do it. Use this shift to customize your application. Why build the same and then use 5 different applications when you can develop all the requirements into 1?
Clients want to build everything together
We know this sounds like a necessity but no, you shouldn’t build everything together. It's okay if the requirements are urgent and there is absolutely no other alternative, but if this is a product that you want to release into the market and know how it fares, then one should always make the most important module first and release it to assess the response it gets. Whether it's good, whether it is not needed, how does the UI work, what more can you do which would make the product an absolute must are some criteria you know when you enter into the market.
Many companies have asked us to revise their entire strategy after going out into the market. Complete 180-degree flip. The amount of money, time, energy, and loss they bear is indecorous. You can do so much research if you happen to wait the period out and see what the customers really want.
Clients keep revising the scope of work
If you have never worked with an IT company and never developed any portal, let us help you with some terms here. Scope of work or project is a document that contains all the features and development information, including phases and costs, and the days needed to build the end solution. It’s the Bible to build any unique solution and a legally binding contract is understood between parties involved, so much so that you sign an NDA amongst those on the project.
The standard practice states that you must spend as much time as needed on building the scope - days and months if needed, to get the document that will finally end all your advancement woes. Once locked, however, you should not think of any changes, no matter how many new features you come across.
Remember, you need the tool to optimize your process, not to boast of all the new features that might be redundant to your company
Develop scope of a doc in phases; this will help you understand the market and proceed with the development accordingly
Clients want a WordPress template (and a readymade HTML too!)
Before we convert the heading into a controversy, allow us to clarify that we absolutely love WordPress. No, not sarcastically, since it eats some of the business of us IT companies - no. But the advancement in having even a non-technical person build a website of his own, which one can easily mistake for a professionally built one - it’s commendable. But that’s about it. Carefully read the last few lines - ‘It is for those non-technical people who want to build a website’ and we bluntly ask people who want to develop a watertight solution and one that can be further built on, to opt for the from-the-scratch development option.
Why? Here are two reasons:
Readymade HTML and website templates are great to look at, but the coding practice is starkly different from what a normal developer would adopt. Also, since you do not have a technical person on board (and hence opted for a website template), you have no clue whether the template is tracking your operations or not. Hacking is usually easier on WordPress since the security can be bypassed. Blogs or websites that are created for solely lead generation practices may opt for templates, though.
If you want to scale on your current platform, it becomes very difficult on a template. The built is not designed to scale at times and you are left with an almost useless/half operating website that is increasing your load. Handy comes to the old-school developed website that can now be twisted, turned, and made into a new one, though this takes time.
Clients look to save costs. At Places, they should be spending!
No offense, we understand everyone wants a good quality product at cheaper prices. No crime in that. But when clients opt for lower technology because that’s what they are ‘comfortable’ or the ‘server is offering lower prices’, there cannot be a bigger development crime than this. You cannot simply compromise on mandatory points when you are building a solution that could increase your revenue almost 4.5 times!
Requirements like servers that are adaptable to the latest technologies, coding languages, new trends in UX and UI - these and more should be of the best and latest quality. It should accommodate your changing tech requirements, and also support scale-up.
We spoke on what clients should not do - now we speak on what clients should do when they are signing up for a new technological introduction into their process.
Research on the latest coding languages that are in the market, Angular 9, Python, Data science, and AI - consume as much information as you can before you meet a potential vendor to make your app. Do not depend on IT companies wholly for giving you answers.
Have some sample websites and web apps / mobile apps in mind while explaining your idea. While a good IT company would never copy the product, it helps you to explain the features you want and the changes over it, the design animations, and so on
If you want to purchase your own servers, opt for the top market giants like AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. They might seem costly, but these are the foundations of your web apps. Your solutions won't work if the servers are down most of the functional time and while you ‘save’ money on cheaper servers, you have lost more money and brand name.
Never ever fall for companies that make websites for INR 5000 or such too good to be true prices! It seems like a good option for startup newbies but these work neither for SEO or are good for your data
If you are in a country where the prices to hire a professional developer is huge, opt for offshore technology development. No, it isn’t about getting the services at a lower cost (the cost depends on the features, technology used, and yes, most of the time, the cost is low!), but it is about getting the latest trend in development for your application. So in probably $500 you might XYZ features both in India and USA, but in the former country, this XYZ is built on servers that are fast, the technology used is latest, the coding practices are much optimized than what the competitors opt for and the UI can be drastically improved. So much more at the same cost!
So if you look for the best software companies in India, you might come across a huge list - some suited better for your goal considering the expertise they have. Travel solutions, Lifestyle, Entertainment, sports - you need to look at the portfolio of a company before you choose the one! And while you are contemplating about having an application built yourself, you can surely take a look at Pikateck’s list of clientele and maybe think about getting on a call with us? Let’s connect