Strategic Development

A software development strategy is a set of upfront decisions that allows you to come up with an effective set of dos, don’ts and hows regarding the future application design, development and deployment.

   The five stages of the process are goal-setting, analysis, strategy formation, strategy implementation and strategy monitoring.

 Planning often is boring and hard, it consumes a lot of time. But this is the wisest investment because planning preserves 10 times more time in future. It happens by growth of efficiency. When planning you can inventory and allocate all resources in the best or nearly the best possible way. Through planning you will see interconnections between activities that are going to be executed and will be able to make use of it.

 The importance of planning

  Imagine some simple task, peeling potatoes let’s say. What images come to your mind? Do you vision your own hands holding some tool and gently removing skin from potato? This was probably the shortest possible session of planning. But would you agree that you plan in such way dozens of actions every day? Every person on earth plans but the horizons of planning differ greatly. The statistics speaks that success of any business depends on whether we plan for a week or a year or a decade. The Soviet Union planned for 5 years and post-soviet Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia barely planned for 3. The results are known. Germany planned for 30 and the results are also well-known as this country became a symbol of quality.

 Roots of strategy

  In the introductory part we spoke about two major components of activity: planning and implementation. But what happens next? What are the reasons to plan and implement something? Nobody will deny that there is always an aim or mission of any project/activity and you can speak of plan only in relation to goals. For better performance and management organizations separate Vision, Mission, Values and Strategy. Let’s have a closer look at all these elements.

 The vision is our rosy dream, our image of ideal something (depending on what we are doing). But what differentiates a vision from a dream is focus on details. For example: the dream is a new car and the vision is new Smart Roadster in silver and black colors. The dream is safe energy for all but the vision is use of RES (no nuclear, no fossils) and the highest achievable level of energy efficiency. To make explanation even more simple we can say that the vision is something you can draw in your imagination, you can visualize it.

Benefits

  • Efficiency: Custom software is purpose-built to support processes swiftly and productively, without the need to tinker with or adjust COTS applications.
  • Scalability: Custom software can grow as an organization or business grows and changes. Designers and developers can assess future needs as part of their requirements gathering. These factors can then be incorporated into the application, rather than incurring costs by purchasing additional licenses or subscriptions of packaged applications.
  • Lower integration costs: One of the chief considerations of commercial software is: will it work with existing and legacy applications? If the answer is no, organizations face a further investment in getting commercial software to communicate and operate with their existing infrastructure. Custom software can be built to integrate with its intended environment.
  • Profitability: It’s possible to make money with custom software development. Depending on the terms and conditions of the project, businesses that develop their own software may own the software and therefore be able to license or sell it to other organizations.
  • Independence: The benefits of being free of a commercial software vendor cut both ways. On the plus side, organizations can avoid price hikes for licensing and support — and getting stuck maintaining packaged software should the vendor go out of business or terminate a product. On the negative side, the cost of supporting and maintaining custom software falls to the organization that created it or had it developed. How the equation works out requires each organization to look carefully at whether it’s better to build or buy.