Due to the growth and development of information technologies and frameworks, organizations today can develop and design any sort of application or system to expand their business productivity and manage critical business processes. However, making the right technology choice and developing the right kind of applications with desired features is a bit like a minefield since it is difficult to know which technology and kind of application will work best or be more successful in the future.
To develop applications, organizations, mostly prefer consulting a technology service provider since they have years of experience of working with a host of technologies and developing a variety of solutions. Also, after burning hands with low tech expertise in-house, organizations switch to companies working dedicatedly to provide technology solutions.
It is imperative for every technology solution and IT services firm to be 100% precise before proposing and developing particular technology solution for its client since one wrong selection can make the client’s application go haywire.
Here’s how we do it
Being in the business of providing technology services for more than 14 years, we at Cygnet Infotech have extensive experience in providing technology consulting to clients. We have been consulted by thousands of clients to analyze and develop optimal technology solutions and have successfully helped them in getting close to their business requirements.
With our years of experience of providing technology consulting and application services, we have prepared an exclusive coverage on how we go about while working with our clients to select the right technology solution and help them drive their focus from development perspective opinions to business-specific opinions.
1.We understand the client business and requirements
We first start with understanding and evaluating the client business and requirements. We gather certain information that will help us in taking the requirements forward and implementing the right steps. For this, we start by asking certain questions to clients like
- What is your key business profile and what are your key business processes?
- What is the size of your company?
- Who are your customers and which geographies you deal in?
- What kind of solution or application you want to develop
- Who are the end-users of the intended application
2. We get on the same page with our client
We further understand and document key goals and objectives of our clients. To ensure we understand the objectives and deliverables of the client, we don’t hesitate to ask our clients some questions like:
- What is the purpose behind developing a specific solution?
- Which are the pain-points you are trying to overcome through this solution?
The answers to these questions help us understand what they expect from the solution and what their basic expectations from us are.
3. We research and analyze the technology
There are plenty of criteria that can be considered while developing solutions. One of them is to choose the type of platform or technology tool. To implement the solution, it is necessary to select the right technology. Hence, we research and analyze different technologies and platforms on the following grounds:
- Ease of usability and availability
- Ease of implementation
- Total cost of ownership
- Application compatibility
4. We set the parameters – budget, application functionality and timeframe
Technology is a significant financial investment for the businesses. Therefore, the budget would be at the top of the list of the clients and, being a technology solution provider, we understand how much a client can realistically afford to spend.
Once we get to know how much the client is ready to pay, the next step is to identify their actual requirements by figuring our certain things like – Does the client need a simple application that can help them carry out simple business calculations? If not, we try to know the target audience that is going to actually use the solution.
One of the biggest mistakes that service providers often make is that they show clients all the bells and whistles without even understanding whether the specific features or functionality would actually work for the client or not. To avoid these mistakes. We gather answers to questions like:
- What kind of features you want in the solution?
- What kind of security, scalability, compatibility and design should be there in the solution?
- What are the additional functionalities required?
Once we are aware about the basic requirements, the last thing we ask is ‘timeframe’, which is nothing but duration required to create entire application or solution. Most of our clients are in a rush to have tailored solution on board within a short time span, but it is our responsibility to know their requirements and provide them with a realistic timeframe for the proposed solution.
5. We break down the requirements from development perspective
Once we are aware about what the client wants in terms of functionalities, features, scalability, security and budget, we break down the requirements from the development perspective.
- We convert actual requirements into logical modules based on the business logic. However, we do not think of implementing any actual logic at this phase.
- If we find modules too indefinite or unclear, we break them further into groups of independent functions.
- We explain how the function will work for the clients by creating diagrams, blueprints and use cases showing the relations between every module.
After ensuring that we follow all the above steps, we consider different development approaches that help in converting our client goals from development perspective to business perspective and best addresses their unique requirements.
Once we come over a conclusion for all the above 5 processes, we start putting the project on the floor. Following the above 5 steps, thus, help us in coming up with the right kind of technology solution for the clients.
Choosing a right kind of technology solution for client business is a daunting task. One of the most important things we keep in mind is to understand core business problem and goals clients are trying to overcome.
We employ clear and unbiased perspective and ensure we are constantly in touch with our clients to identify their business needs and deliver optimal technology solutions that can help them fulfill their critical business needs & deeds on the go!
What do you think about our strategy? Have any questions? Do comment below.
Also, if you are looking for learning more about technology consulting and require assistance in dealing with any issues before and after developing application on any technology platform or framework, get in touch with us.