Guest Column | September 7, 2016

Tips For Solving Top Business Challenges Through Software Development

Luis Reyes, Founder and CEO of Software Logic, www.software-logic.net.

By Luis Reyes, Founder and CEO of Software Logic, www.software-logic.net

When businesses turn to Software Logic to help solve their technology challenges, they often ask three critical business questions:

  • Can you complete the job on time and on budget?
  • Can the solution be built and deployed for my environment?
  • Will the new software you are building obligate us to use your services even after the project is complete?  

To address these concerns, allow us to share some important tips and considerations for any company looking for a software development partner.

Let’s be Agile. Historically, software development projects would spend considerable time gathering tedious amounts of requirements from a group of business leaders before the developers write a line of code.  In this process, months can pass by before any tangible results begin to form. However, Agile was created to solve this problem. Agile helps to organize your development into smaller components so that developers can start writing code right away. Agile is effective because the business receives real and tangible results very early in the process. Because of its benefits, Agile enables the developer to meet timelines and expectations; therefore, we learned how to do it really well.

Should we go straight to code? Typically, software developers receive their task and begin coding without any measurements to ensure quality control or any checks to ensure the coder understands the task. This situation can grow into a crisis down the road if not discovered immediately, particularly because the direction a developer takes early in the process becomes the foundation for all work in the future.  We believe that the time to be wrong is as early in the process as possible. That is why we implement qualitative and quantitative measurement processes to ensure that all of the client’s expected outcomes are being met. This gives the client a more comprehensive, honest view of how much progress is being made and how much work remains.

Get rid of the bugs! Bugs and breaks are common, but they can create huge issues for your projects.  How you prepare for this will determine whether or not you finish on time and on budget. Fixing bugs on the backend of a project is not enough anymore; it is a failing, reactive approach. Instead, we employ a proactive approach to testing, using test-driven development to test our code from the start. Before we begin writing a line of code, we write automated tests to ensure the desired output.   We create hundreds to thousands of such tests in every solution.  The tests then run automatically every time a change to the code is made.  If a line of code fails, or if it will break the logic in another area of the code, our system alerts all interested parties immediately of the failure so that it can be fixed right away.  This approach also enables for more stable adjustments to be made to the solution, as developers will be fully aware of the impact of the adjustment because the automated tests will ensure the developer remembers all areas that will be impacted by the adjustment. This approach helps to efficiently decrease overall bugs, remain on schedule, and significantly improve your product.

Consider automation to ensure consistent, reliable deployments. Deployments in an organization are typically manual processes.  Technicians receive instructions to push files, and the technicians follow the instructions.  More often than not, something in the process gets lost, whether it’s from poorly written instructions or an accidental oversight.  Yet, deployments are redundant processes. The same steps are always executed.  Therefore, redundant processes such as these can be automated using modifiable scripts with deployment tools. Automation in the deployment process would empower deployment teams with simple, one-click solutions to the prod, QA, and test environments.  With our solutions, we practice what we preach.  Automated deployment is automatically built-in and passed on to our client upon completion of the project.

Detaching from the client once the project is complete should be a seamless experience.  When completing a project, you want to know that the solution completed, is working well and will continue to work long after the software developers are gone.  When ending an engagement, we transfer all of our materials, including technical documentation, automated Unit Tests, automated Acceptance Tests and our automated build environment. The transfer of these assets offers our client the confidence that, when the project is completed, the client has a working environment. As well, should the client enhance the product, they will have all of the quality control assets to quickly identify what areas the enhancements will impact, so the developers will have the knowledge to get up to speed quickly.

Ultimately, businesses are seeking a software development partner who can provide a great solution that meets expectations with low risk.  We believe these tips will help you streamline your process and improve efficiencies.

To learn more about Luis Reyes, CEO of Software Logic, please visit www.software-logic.net.

About Software Logic

Software Logic is a leading quality-driven software development firm specializing in product development, API services, and cloud conversions. The company’s expertise in technical foundation-building APIs, integrating external and internal systems, and leveraging cloud technology enables Software Logic to drive results. Its team of software development experts strategize with businesses to simplify technology and turn it into a competitive advantage. Founded in 2014, Software Logic is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. To learn more, please visit www.software-logic.net

Software Logic Leadership Team

Software Logic was founded by Luis Reyes, formerly a software development team leader for several Fortune 100 technology companies. His deep understanding and level of experience enabled him to start one of the most innovative software development companies in the industry. Throughout his career, Luis teamed up with other top engineers in the IT industry, and together, they established Software Logic.