Software development – from idea to product

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Software development – from idea to product

In any development process, there are a number of different steps from the idea phase to the final product. Some steps take longer than others, but they are all necessary to have a successful project and thus a usable product or system.

When we work with software development, we have a general, overarching project model that we follow - but we make sure to adapt each project process to the individual customer and the individual project. No two clients or projects are the same, and therefore it is important to us that our project model is adapted to each individual project.

Below you will find an overview of how we typically work with software development projects - from idea to product.

Do you have an idea for a development project? Contact us.

What benefits can companies gain through software development?

Before we delve into the software development phases, we take a quick look at why software development can be important for companies - and not least, what advantages there are.

Some of the key benefits businesses can gain through software development are:

  • Process automation
  • Improved productivity
  • Better customer experience
  • Better data management and analysis
  • Effective resource management
  • Improved communication and collaboration
  • Improved IT security
  • Competitive advantages
  • Better market adaptability

Read more about the advantages and possibilities of special development of IT systems.

Phase 1: Initial analysis

When you have an idea for a system that can automate your processes, strengthen your resource management, improve your data management or something else, and contact us, we begin the initial phase.

In the initial phase, we ask you a lot of different questions that are necessary for the further process. We ask these questions to find out what your needs are. We also provide input for other functions and options that can add more value to your future software/system.

We have many years of experience in developing different systems, so we might bring up something that you had not even considered as a possibility. Based on the questions and answers in this phase, we will also be able to give you a budget framework for the development project.

This phase also helps you to make a decision about whether we are the right business partner for you. Therefore, it is also important that both you and we get our expectations aligned - for example about deadlines, development methods, test phases, etc..

Phase 2: Requirements specification and project plan

When we have jointly reached an agreement on the overall framework and wishes for the software development project, we start preparing the requirements specification. The requirements specification identifies and documents the requirements that must be met by the new software. Therefore, the requirements specification naturally also builds on the things we jointly came up with in the initial phase.

Furthermore, our IT pilots examine your IT systems if integrations are to be developed between them. Especially in connection with process automation, software development often includes various system integrations, and therefore it is important for us to investigate what options we have to create these integrations.

In addition to the requirements specification, we also prepare a project plan where you can see the steps in the development process and the set deadlines.

Phase 3: Product design

As soon as the requirements specification is approved, the actual design phase can begin. The requirement specification only relates to the technical aspects of the software development project.

There can be many different wishes for the actual color choice and layout, but for us it is just as much about creating a user-friendly interface. Of course, the design must be in line with your brand, but it is even more important that users can navigate around the system/software. This is what we are talking about UX and UI design.

In this phase, we therefore develop the overall architecture and design of the software, including components, modules and its interactions.

Phase 4: Development and testing

Now the framework for the software development is in place, and our skilled programmers can therefore begin the development phase itself. The programmers develop your solution on the basis of the requirements specification and the product design, and therefore the previous phases are crucial for the development phase itself to be successful.

Depending on the development task, we know that new ideas for functions can arise during the development phase, which must either be implemented immediately, or which must be able to be implemented in the longer term. Of course, we can also implement these new ideas and opportunities continuously in the process, but this will – not surprisingly – also push the deadlines and the budget frame a bit.

When we develop new software, it is important to us that the software is future-proof. By that we mean that it should be easy to further develop the software. It has to, because we know that your needs also change over time.

During the development phase, our programmers also make sure to test the software. By continuously testing the software, we can detect errors and conflicts more quickly and get them corrected.

Phase 5: Tests and teaching

Although our programmers continuously test your software solution throughout the development process, we still have a testing phase. In the test phase, our project managers also start testing the software and the various functions and modules.

Furthermore, you will have plenty of opportunity to test the software yourself. It is important to us that you also test the software, as you are the ones who will be using it in the future. If the system does not work intuitively for you, there are missing functions, something is displayed incorrectly or draws on incorrect data, it is important that you give us this feedback so that we can correct these errors.

To ensure that you can thoroughly test the software, we offer you a training session where you are introduced to the system and its options. This will give you a much better insight into all facets of the software, and it also gives you a much better basis for testing.

Phase 6: Implementation

When your new software has been thoroughly tested by both you and our itpilots, we are ready to implement the software in your company. In connection with the implementation, we make sure to test the software once more to ensure that it continues to work as it should.

Deployment includes rolling out the software to the users and environment in which it will run.

Phase 7: Operation and maintenance

Once the software is rolled out and in operation, we make sure that the software continues to work as it should. Furthermore, we make sure to carry out any error corrections, just as you also have the opportunity to have your software further developed if you need new or extended functions.

Do you have an idea for a new software?

Do you have an idea for a software solution or a system that can digitize and strengthen your processes and business? Include us in your deliberations and idea generation. We have developed many different systems and software, and we can advise you on your options. Call us on tel. +45 87 25 07 87 or fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page.