5 things to consider when designing your bespoke software
Whether you're an SME looking to create a bespoke piece of software for your company or an entrepreneur with a vision, Maria looks at the five important things to consider before starting your project.
There is a lot to consider when planning your project, and our experienced team will be with you every step of the way. Before we start development, here are five things to consider to help shape your project.
1. What do you need?
During our initial consultation, we will explore and document what you need from the system so that we can understand your vision. Our favourite question to ask is “If you could wave a magic wand, what would your system do?” It is not a problem if you haven’t got it all thought out, but a general idea is always a good start.
2. Who is going to be using your system?
It is important to understand who will be using your system, because each type of user will have different requirements. Examples of user personas are; admin, customer and department leader. Understanding what will make the main differences to them increases the success of the project, whether your system is to be used in-house or released as a Software as a Service (SaaS) product.
3. What are your priorities?
Once we have identified your initial requirements, we will work with you to establish which features need to be delivered first. This will shape the design of your prototype, which will deliver core value and shape the foundation for future development.
4. What needs to be integrated?
Which third party systems will your new system interact with? For example; Sage, Excel or your Social Media analytics? We will investigate how these are integrated. This may increase in complexity, but don’t let that put you off! Our team has years of experience integrating a wide range of third party systems.
5. Have you thought about reporting?
Your system will be able to capture a wide range of data which can provide invaluable insight and benefit your business. A system dashboard will provide you with clear, up-to-date, visual analysis of your data which will help answer questions about your business.
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