Our development teams use the best practices available today to master the complexities of software engineering:
Develop iteratively to effectively mitigate risks
An iterative approach lets Project Management mitigate risks earlier, because many risks are only addressed and discovered during integration. As iteration is rolled out, the team goes through all areas of the project, working on many different aspects: tools, off-the-shelf software, people skills, and so on. It is at this stage that perceived risks may prove not to be a concern, while unsuspected risks will be highlighted.
All projects have a set of risks involved. The earlier in the life cycle you can verify that you have avoided a risk, the more accurate you can make your plans. Many risks are not discovered until your company has attempted to integrate the system. Nonetheless, no one will ever be able to predict all risks, regardless of how experienced the development team is.
An iterative approach is generally superior to a linear or waterfall approach for many reasons:
- Risks are mitigated earlier, because elements are integrated progressively.
- Changing requirements and tactics are accommodated.
- Project improvements and refinements are facilitated, resulting in a more robust product.
- Organizations can learn from this approach and improve their process.
- Reusability is increased.
A fact of life in software projects is that requirements will change along the way. Our project teams use methods that allow them to effectively facilitate and communicate changes to the project’s stakeholders and stay on the same page as the client. The assessment performed by the team considers whether requirements are perceived to be under control, correct, quality, and testable.
Use of component architectures
The goal of an architecture-focused process is to produce, in the early phases, an architecture that is resilient in the face of changing requirements. The best way to achieve this goal is the use of component architectures, such as those provided by Axional Suite.
Visual modeling involves a high level of abstraction and makes it easier to communicate specifications, architecture, and design. Visual modeling techniques improve collaboration between business analysts, system analysts, architects and developers to deliver higher-quality applications, faster. Using these techniques, the project team can provide business-centric models that improve understanding and offer a more accurate representation of business complexity.
Continuously verify quality
Verifying and managing quality throughout the project life cycle is essential to achieving the right objectives at the right time. A core practice of quality assurance is examining and analyzing the entire process of how a product is conceived, defined, built, and delivered to the customer. Our teams’ methodology makes software progress and quality tangible for the project’s stakeholders. The techniques provide a definition of what quality means within the development organization; how well testing activities are integrated with other development activities; and whether testers and analysts are collaborating to ensure requirements are testable.
The management techniques used by our teams include management of workspaces, changing requests, parallel development, and integration, as well as builds. In the earlier project stages, Project Management puts understandable procedures in place for change requests and keeps project assets and relationships under control. Common guidelines for change and configuration management for the entire organization (including change request procedures) are also defined.
Our cross-platform expertise lets us develop applications that span multiple platforms. Our software engineers have strong technical competence and expertise in the following technologies and skillsets:
- Databases such as Informix, DB2, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQL Server
- Spatial extensions on Informix, DB2, Oracle, PostGis
- Development: Open Source, J2EE, Android™
- Operating Systems: Linux, AS/400, Windows, Mac-OS, Android™.
- Protocols: XML, SOAP
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