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Application Development, also referred to as software process, software lifecycle and software development, is the development of a software product in a planned and structured way. Our application development involves creating a computer program, or set of programs to perform tasks, from keeping track of inventory and billing customers to maintaining accounts, speeding up business process and improving application effectiveness. Creating applications that meet your businesses needs and help you make processes more efficient can be a complicated process to understand. Application development involves many steps, a great deal of information, and time. The following is an overview of the steps in the application development cycle.
The first stage of the application development life cycle is characterized by defining the project objectives from market research, feasibility studies and refining the application objectives as delineated by the sponsoring stakeholders. We collaborate extensively with participating parties during this stage to setup the framework for the application development and to make sure the objectives are properly identified.
The design phase of the application development life cycle is where we concentrate on the design of system and functional requirements. This includes refining the processes and articulating project guidelines. We then produce project documentation and formalize the project plan. This document is then passed on to our programmers who can interpret and commence the first build of the application.
During the development phase of the application development life cycle, our programmers interpret the project plan, then commence the interface design and finally start coding the project requirements. This incorporates the functional and system aspects of the project. Iterative refinement takes place to incorporate all the project plan objectives and to ensure that the working version meets the project guidelines. Developer level testing takes place at this stage to ensure the application is robust and ready for testing deployment.
The testing phase of the application development lifecycle includes usability testing and functional testing. Real life user feedback is sourced on the interface design and to benchmark the application against the project objectives. Modifications are made to improve the application and to accommodate end user requests. The testing can also incorporate stress testing and platform testing. If a beta version of the product is released, this is the stage where suggestions and improvements contribute to producing an application ready for deployment.
The implementation stage of the application development life cycle is characterized by company deployment or release of the product to the commercial market. This can include company wide training. If this stage is the first commercial build release then appropriate provision is made for any ongoing maintenance or bug fixes that may be required.
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