SOFTWARE ENGINEERING & DEVELOPMENT
DRIVING INNOVATION WITH CUSTOM SOFTWARE THAT SUPPORTS YOUR UNIQUE BUSINESS GOALS
Prosoft specializes in developing business-related software applications that allow organizations to improve decision-making and corporate productivity. Prosoft prides itself on having holistic industry and technological expertise to create, integrate, and deploy truly superior custom software solutions for our clients. Backed up with more than two decades experience in software engineering & Development, Prosoft is committed to developing state-of-the-art, platform independent software that efficiently integrates into your existing system. With special expertise in integrating new and legacy technologies, Prosoft regularly exceeds client expectations and delivers high and measurable ROI.
We deliver the expertise required to drive successful application development outcomes with consistent results, offering full life-cycle consulting, software development, project management, testing, and implementation/rollout services, all based on deep institutional and operational understandings.
With the focus on providing seamless user experience, we build the following types of turn-key custom solutions that reflect your demands and capabilities:
Principally, any application we develop is designed to be portable to run on at least the two popular clients-preferred desktop platforms (Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s macOS) and the two popular clients-preferred mobile platforms (Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS).
The following three areas of our Software Development Framework is used to guide how we design and develop software products for clients:
- Operational: We ensure that every software we design and develop is operational and consider it so by how good it works on operations like budget, usability, efficiency, correctness, functionality, dependability, security and safety.
- Transitional: Transitional is important when an application is shifted from one platform to another. So, we ensure that every software we design and develop is transitional and consider it so when it is portable, reusable and adaptable.
- Maintenance: This specifies how good a software we design and develop should work in the changing environment. So, modularity, maintainability, flexibility and scalability are also ensured in every software we design and develop.
When choosing our development methodology, we think about combining the elements of each method that work best for our team and our current project. In this way, we can create a hybrid development methodology that will get us to production securely and efficiently. Our development mythology typically covers the following:
- Define Requirements
- Design & Prototyping
- Software Development
- Operations & Maintenance
We evaluate, we get feedback, we clearly define scope and purpose of the application.
We evaluate the terms of the project including calculating labor and material costs, creating a timetable with target goals, and creating the project’s teams and leadership structure. We get feedback from all the relevant stakeholders. We plot the course and provisions the team to effectively create the software. We also set boundaries to help keep the project from expanding or shifting from its original purpose.
We determine what the application is supposed to do and its requirements.
Requirements also include defining the resources needed to build the project.
We know that the Define Requirements phase, if thorough and properly managed, will form the basis for a good system design. We know that the Define Requirements and Documentation Processes are critical to software project success and our trusted approach to Requirements Elicitation enables us design and build software that support business goals. We leverage our Requirements Engineering expertise to thoroughly identify the business needs, risks, and assumptions associated with any given project.
“Mistakes made in elicitation have been shown many times to be major causes of systems failure or abandonment and this has a very large cost either in the complete loss or the expense of fixing mistakes.”
Define Requirements is our process of understanding the customer needs and expectations from a proposed system or application and is a well-defined stage in our Software Development Methodology.
Prosoft’s Requirements Consultants are seasoned experts in Business Analysis and Software Engineering best practices. Our Requirements Consultants conduct the Requirements Elicitation Sessions and quickly define and document the necessary and sufficient business and software requirements for your critical projects. A Senior Requirements Facilitator will lead the meetings while an expert Requirements Consultant will perform the documentation, analysis and verification activities during and after the sessions to ensure all the requirements and models are clear, complete and accurate. We use specific methods and practices that have been proven to be effective at ensuring the meetings are focused and productive, and the resulting requirements specifications are clear and accurate.
The Define Requirements phase of our development mythology will typically cover the following thorough activities:
- Feasibility Study and Feasibility Report
- Requirements Elicitation and Analysis
- Requirements Specification
- Requirements Validation
- User and System Requirements
- System Models
- Requirements Documentation
Design and Prototyping
We model the way a software application will work.
Some aspects of our design include:
Architecture – We Specify programming language, industry practices, overall design, and use of any templates or boilerplate
User Interface – We define the ways customers interact with the software, and how the software responds to input
Platforms – We define the platforms on which the software will run, such as Apple, Android, Windows, Linux, or even gaming consoles
Programming – We define not just the programming language, but including methods of solving problems and performing tasks in the application
Communications – We define the methods that the application can communicate with other assets, such as a central server or other instances of the application
Security – We define the measures taken to secure the application, and may include SSL traffic encryption, password protection, and secure storage of user credentials.
Prototyping – We create a prototype. A prototype is like one of the early versions of software in our methodology. It demonstrates a basic idea of how the application looks and works. This “hands-on” design can be shown to stakeholders. We use feedback o improve the application. It’s less expensive to change the Prototype phase than to rewrite code to make a change in the Development phase.
We code, we manage source codes, we document adequately.
We use an Access Control or Source Code Management application to help developers track changes in codes and ensure compatibility between different team projects and to make sure target goals are being met. Documentation can be a formal process, including wiring a user guide for the application. It can also be informal, like comments in the source code that explain why a developer used a certain procedure. Documentation can also be a quick guided tour of the application’s basic features that display on the first launch. It can be video tutorials for complex tasks. Written documentation like user guides, troubleshooting guides, and FAQ’s help users solve problems or technical questions.
We test thoroughly, we ensure the performance of User Acceptance Testing (UAT), we do Quality Assurance (QA).
We know it is critical to test an application before making it available to users. Testing is performed so that each function works correctly. Different parts of the application are also to be tested to work seamlessly together — performance test, to reduce any hangs or lags in processing. Testing helps eliminate bugs and glitches that users encounter – leading to a high user satisfaction and a best usage rate.
“Acceptance testing (UAT) is formal testing with respect to user needs, requirements, and business processes conducted to determine whether or not a system satisfies the acceptance criteria and to enable the users, customers or other authorized entity to determine whether or not to accept the system.” – ISTQB [After IEEE 610]
We make the application available to users.
We can automate the deployment. This can be as simple as a portal and download link on the company’s website. It could also be downloading an application on a smartphone.
Operations and Maintenance
The application is done and being used in the field. We resolve errors that users may find that weren’t found during testing.