There are some pretty bad rumours out there about the software development industry. Late delivery, low quality and dire communication being at the root of most of them. We have been called in to fix many software projects that were the result of all of these things and can say that some of the rumours are certainly true. There are cowboys out there in software as well as a number of software developers that have good intentions but just don’t have the skill to finish what they’ve started.
So what’s the solution to this mess? What can you do to avoid a bad experience in software development? The answer that has been proven over the years is – software consultancy.
Software consultancy is any process where a software development firm (or even a specialist software consultancy firm) takes you through a project that helps you define what your company needs from technology.
They will have the expertise and processes in place to help you understand your current situation and find out where the gaps and inefficiencies currently are in your business. They’ll document these and will work with you through the whole software consultancy process to see where software could improve your business.
One of the main focal points of the software consultancy process will be finding places where through making your business more efficient you could increase your profit margins. They can equally work with you to understand how to take a software product to market.
Good Software Consultancy Firm
A good software consultancy firm will be able to do significant research of the market you are targeting and of your internal workforce to ascertain the kind of technology you need. They’ll get to know your business closely and you’ll be sharing a great deal of information with your software consultant.
At the end of the process you will know your business much better and will have the documents and project plans for your software development process in place. You’ll be clear on your business goals and priorities from a technical perspective and will have secured your technical strategy for the next 3-7 years.