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Norman's Software Product Development Problem

Is Software Product Development the Same as Application Development?

My friend, Norman got himself into trouble! He needed some extra help to design a software product for the market, and he needed it done right. His team interviewed and selected a company with application development experience and quickly discovered that they really couldn’t make the transition from application development to software product development.


Product Development and App Development Are NOT the Same

NO! Product Development is NOT the Same as App Development

What’s the Big Deal? Isn’t Product Development the Same as App Development?

OK, I’ll admit it. Last week, I nearly got kicked out of a nice restaurant in the city. Why? Because my friend, Lucy was telling me about her company’s business decision to build a software product, and she said this, “Our team can handle it. We do application development all the time.” That statement was all it took to drive me over the edge. Call me crazy, but I have lived through enough so-called software product development projects to know that, without the right team and skill set, the project is doomed to fail. No, I am NOT being overly dramatic!


Software Product Development Made Easy!

Make Your Software Product Development Project a Real Success

Software Product Development is NOT the Same as Standard App Development!

If your enterprise wants to create a software product for the consumer or business market, your executive team may want to hand over the project to an internal IT team. If your in-house IT team is up to the challenge, that’s great. But, for most enterprises, the prospect of creating a software product for market is daunting and typically results in cost and time overruns and does not succeed.


Case Study: Performance Management, Benchmarking Product Development & Maintenance


Elegant MicroWeb created a solution for a performance management and benchmarking consulting business to provide a data-secured, web-based Performance Monitoring, Improvement and Analysis solution with performance optimization tools designed around the principles of knowledge and activity-based management.


Psychology of Software Product Development

You know what would be boring…?

A lesson on psychology! So as to make the article interesting, let us progress with a story arc format consisting of the good, the bad and the funny side!


The Good Side of the Story!

We have known people and have worked for people who understand nothing about technology, but have a defined domain knowledge or expertise or clarity of purpose to pursue use of technology to expand their skills to a global arena through automation made feasible by technology.

By automation, we are specifically talking about delivering value through use of software, rather than manual tasking.

Say for instance, an auditor who does auditing of major hospitals, food & beverage industries have found that the process could be optimized by use of an iPad type device that will carry the standardized forms for compliance regulation and works, just works! On both offline and online mode.

This simplification is a welcomed simplification; business needs efficiency, less paper work, more quality coverage and accuracy.

This forms the clarity of purpose behind the development of software product.



Awesome Responsive Web Design (RWD) Part Two: Don’t Forget Device Size, Queries, Images and Testing!


In the first of our two-part article series, entitled ‘Awesome Responsive Web Design (RWD) Part One: The Devil is in the Details!’ we discussed some of the challenges and considerations of building a high performance, heavy data centric, multi device mobile business solution. In the first article, we reminded our readers that Software Product Development and, in particular, Product Development, Management and Support (PDMS) must include a serious consideration of RWD and software usability improvements.The concept of Responsive Web Design encompasses differing techniques such as Adaptive Web Design, RESS (Responsive Design with Server-Side components), and responsive delivery. These techniques incorporate client-side code, multiple device templates, and cloud-based code transformations that stretch far beyond the scope of RWD. “Responsive” has simply come to describe techniques and technologies in which a unified set of website code produces Web pages optimized for multiple devices based on screen size and device capability. How a site achieves this unified state is becoming less and less important.


Let’s Get This Straight: Software Product Development Isn’t The Same As Application Development


The difference between Application Development, Maintenance and Support (ADMS) and Product Development, Maintenance and Support (PDMS) is not always obvious to businesses. But if an enterprise is considering a software product launch, it is imperative that the management team understands that difference! Employing ADMS skills and resources to complete a PDMS project is very likely to result in project failure.The investment and time required to conceive, design and develop a software product is significant, and it can be overwhelming. The software product development and design process includes competitive analysis, technical feasibility, product roadmap management and implementation and timely upgrades of the product to satisfy the ever-changing user and technology needs. If your business wants to successfully create and launch a software product, the project must be managed with optimum standards of software engineering and it must comply with the business plan and financial projections for the product. Software Products Development must include state-of-the-art software engineering practices, appropriate technical architecture, versioning control, detailed technical and user documentation and high development and quality standards.