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Initial engagements and requirements for custom software solution

All set to invest some bucks in custom software solution for your business?

 

Businesses find it very difficult to tackle the important question of “Is the investment in custom software solution needed?” Most, if not, many of them come up with a big “YES” as answer, when they get to understand the benefits from custom software solution, especially the improvement in their business model efficiencies. Just with the yes, you go around to interview a variety of companies offering custom software solutions and narrow down to the company with the best solution and flexibility to meet all your needs and requirements. And then, what next? Well, the real process starts now!

 

Custom software solutions development process is quite a lengthy process but it’s completely beneficial. Especially the very first step of initial engagements and requirements is the very crucial part that can “make or break” your custom software solution. But, before that, you will have to consider a few aspects like start looking into your marketplace to determine the needs and the idea for custom software. An in-depth research is highly advised along with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis on the new strategic business initiative. Remember, these are the aspects that will determine the success of your custom software, so make sure you don’t miss anything.

 

Requirements / Initial Engagements:

 

Much like every other process, the software development also begins with gathering the requirements and listing of the needs and the concept for the custom software. In simple words, it is a process of planning and working out a strategy to achieve the goal.

 

The initial engagement / requirements step in custom software development process is more likely a meeting to understand the objectives, identify the requirements and discuss every need of your business. Here is a list of points to check out for the initial engagement –

 

  1. The team should have the key individuals from all tiers of the company with vast experience in the business, a sound knowledge about – the marketplace, competitors and key vendor relationships, and a thorough understanding of the problems or issues that customers get to face every day.
  2. Create an environment, encouraging open discussion about the project requirements to bring great positive ideas, with competition put aside to succeed in a more efficient way.
  3. It is very important to have the ideas of the project flow freely, to get a clear understanding of the requirements, in the initial stages.
  4. All the ideas need to be captured and recorded. Not all the ideas will be useful right away, but in the course time, some simple tips jotted down in the initial engagement stage can make a very big difference in the execution plans.
  5.  Every person in the team should try to analyze, expand, examine, break down and ultimately enhance the ideas and the concepts of the custom software solution, to get a perfect prototype planned.

 

After all, the success of a great initial engagement lies in the entire team feeling that their thoughts were heard and will be considered as the custom software project commences.

 

But that’s not all! The initial engagement turns successful, when a group of your potential customers give you some great feedback on the ideas or concepts. Yes, you heard it right! Review and feedbacks from customers who actually face the problems discussed in the project, can play an immense role in the success of the project. Well, that’s what Pixint believes in!

 

The bottom line is requirements / initial engagements are nothing to breeze over that quickly addresses needs of your business. Pixint, with a unique client centric approach, walks with you to develop your custom software, after a clear understanding of your business – objectives, needs and requirements, inside and out.

 

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