Gartner, a leading IT research firm, has projected that business software development will increase by seven percent this year. With this in mind, it is troubling to realize that recent studies by the Standish Group indicate that over 30 percent software projects will get canceled before completion and over 50 percent may surpass original budget estimates.
Many factors can lead to software projects failure or cancellation including lack of enough funds, cost overruns, failure of the developer to understand customer requirements, or failure of the customers to properly articulate what they need the software to do and more. For developers, it is challenging to deal with canceled and failed development projects, especially bearing in mind the time and development work that they put into them. But what if there are solutions to reduce software development cancellations and risks for application developers?
Tips for Building Efficient Customer Software
In today’s digital economy, customer experience is essential. As a software developer, you are involved in driving, building, and ensuring positive customer experience. Most times, businesses can hire you to design, code, test, and deploy software for them. But modern tools that can help you both develop and own software exist in the market. Application ownership will allow you to not only respond to customer experience challenges but also prevent them before they happen.
As a software developer, you can be able to achieve software agility, quality, and performance through implementing the following tips:
- Getting ahead of customer experience issues – being aware of impending customer applications problems and preventing them before they break out.
- Minimize interruptions and focusing on managing and maintain customer experience.
- Simplifying and automating customer incident responses.
- Using personal integrated development environments.
Importance of Using Interactive Development Environments to Develop and Test Software
When building customer engagement software, you can make use of existing platforms and solutions to facilitate you with not only building, testing, and deploying software but also with owning codes. Look what I found, a development environment that can provide you with interactive document libraries, developer application programming interface (APIs), and real-time collaboration tools including instant messaging, application performance metrics, network, and social feeds to allow you build quality customer applications.
Armed with these tools, you can operate your own customer experience code and gain insights to orchestrate the right customer responses. Also, such developer platforms allow you to fully understand customer contexts in real time by delivering real time responses in one place. You are therefore able to visualize collective data responses from customer data centers and integrate all customer requirements necessary to develop quality software that enhances customer experience. As mentioned earlier, many software development projects fail because of lack of complete understanding of customer needs. Now armed with the solutions discussed above, as a developer, you have the right tool box to deliver quality software.
It’s true that the software development industry, like many other industries, will keep growing. Software developers, therefore, need to make use of existing solutions to help them build and maintain quality enterprise applications without bursting their budgets.