Custom Software Development is one of the most sought-after skills in the Information Technology industry. Consequently, the companies providing these services are also under the spotlight in the IT market. Top Software Development Companies (SDCR) regularly publishes the lists of leading IT companies that are following best practices and are providing seamless custom products in the market. In a recent list published by SCDR, Techliance has once again been ranked in the prominent 37 Software Development firms that have holistic practices in various stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
What is Software Development Life Cycle?
The majority of the most used development models fall under the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). It is also known as Application Development Life Cycle (ADLC). Software Development Life Cycle is defined as the process that the IT industry uses to design, develop, test and maintain a software solution. Software product development can follow various models including Waterfall, Spiral, Agile, Scrum, Iterative and Incremental etc. However, all these software models have a flow that must be followed throughout the project life cycle (PLC). Software DLC is also closely related to the Systems Development Life Cycle (Systems DLC), which has one or two additional stages.
Phases of the Software Development Life Cycle
The flow of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is divided into several phases, which are as follows:
- Requirements Gathering and Analysis
- Design and Prototyping
- Software Development
- Software Testing
- Software Deployment
- Software Maintenance
Let us explore the different stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) in detail.
Requirements Gathering and Analysis
Business needs are necessary to be analyzed to figure out what exactly are the product requirements. For example, a travel and tourism company wants to develop a mobile app for capturing the audience. But what kind of mobile app should it be?
- Should it allow Single Sign-On Authentication?
- Should it provide customized travel ideas to its customers?
- Should it allow push notifications?
- Should it alert customers with similar suggestions for their next trip?
- Should the mobile app allow a reporting facility to its customers and the company?
These are some of the questions that would help in understanding the requirements and also refining the business needs for the technology solution. On the basis of the answers, the company is doing to be in a better position for providing a specialized software solution to the client.
Design and Prototyping
With the passage of time, design and prototyping are becoming one of the most crucial factors for software solutions. In fact, according to a study, 77% of companies believe that a poor UX design is a weakness for their customers. As the mobile app and web-based solutions are becoming responsive, the need for a fluent design is ever more important.
Customers require the design to be detail-oriented, addressing their business needs with minimal clicks and ease of navigation. All these concepts must be accounted for while also ensuring that the company’s brand image is also retained in the design.
This is the crux of the software development life cycle where the actual development or coding of the product takes place. There are a few languages and platforms that are popular for this purpose.
Techliance has high-end capabilities in the PHP language and Laravel framework. The reason the Laravel framework has the mass public vote is that it is lightweight which makes the program highly efficient, easier to load and retrieve queries as per the customers’ response. It also allows multi-tenancy capability while providing a seamless experience to a high bulk of users without any performance drop in the application.
The quality of a software product is raised and maintained by thorough testing of the developed solution. Without proper testing, the developed product is incomplete. Common testing practices are Automation testing, Manual testing, and Regression testing. There are many software tools available in the market to help in testing, such as Selenium, JMeter, Agile Load, Redmine, Appium etc.
Quality Assurance goes hand in hand with product development as it allows gauging the software on various levels. These checks include whether the developed product is meeting the business needs, is the developed functionality a good user experience, are the validations/checks available in the product as to ensure that the input data is proper etc. Therefore, software testing is one of the most important Software Development Services that are part of the software development life cycle.
This stage of the software is like a moment of truth as the product is finally released or implemented for the client. The deployment is the actual installation of the product for the client where the software usually goes through User Application Testing. This allows seeing how the product tests and works for the client as per their needs.
This is the actual stage before Go Live for the end-customers. For most companies, this is the make or break game as the software has to get final approval from the customer where the customer can also tell you whether the product is good enough for the final release in the market or not. Once, the deployment is successfully completed; the product goes through a commercial release.
Nowadays, Software Maintenance (especially IT Operations and Management) has become an important factor of the product life-cycle. But this domain is usually outside the software development life cycle as the product is already being used by the end-customers.
However, IT management pertains to providing a flawless experience to the users as it ensures that the IT services continue working in optimum condition without any breakage or failure. The highly specialized team of resources continuously monitor the product, database, system and its users and various services.
Whether you are working on a software product yourself. Or you are outsourcing the software creation process to a third party IT firm. A thorough understanding of the software development methodology is necessary for the successful project execution.
IT industry trends have revolutionized the concept of product development and management. It is no longer about spending a huge amount of money but the main focus is on the execution of a project that is correctly analyzed and phased into various stages. The products are developed on the basis of best industry practices under the agreed scope, time and budget.
Techliance has been highlighted as one of the top outsourcing companies that deliver bespoke Software Solutions that are an instant market success. The reason Techliance is ranked in the best Software Development firms and the List about Software vendors published by SDCR is that it has in-depth knowledge and expertise in all various SDLC stages which are actively put into practice on any project that it takes up.
Are you looking to hire for a custom Software Development project? Deliberate with Techliance today as the next step for your next Software product and receive a complimentary free quotation.