Your organization needs software built. You could invest in a team, complete with a project manager, or you could just hand the project over to a developer and have that developer create the software and report to you. After all, a project manager isn’t doing the coding. Why have them on the team at all?
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) has made your home smart; you can program your heat, lighting and security system to automatically adjust themselves. You can program your Roomba to vacuum when you’re asleep. You can ask Google or Alexa to play whatever music you like when you come home. So why shouldn’t your workplace be smart as well?
You're starting to build software for your organization. It's a big project and you've got a lot of ideas about how it will work, who it will serve and how you want it to look. It's an exciting time but before you go any further, it's time to stop and ask yourself some important questions. Software and custom app development is all about specifics. Before you even start, you need to know exact details about what and who you're designing the software for and why you're designing it. Otherwise you risk wasting time, money and resources on software that isn't a good fit for the job you want it to do. Luckily, it's easy to properly vet your idea. Stop right now and ask yourself these seven questions:
You've invested a lot in your technology but it's not working out the way you were hoping. The software or infrastructure you were sold was supposed to solve all your business's problems — things were supposed to get easier for you and your employees. But what seemed like a good idea when you were making that purchase, has turned into a hassle and now you are seriously considering kicking your IT to the curb and starting over. Hold on right there because we have good news and bad news.
If you've used a computer any time in the last 30 years, you're familiar with Microsoft Office and its iconic tetrad of applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You buy them and they live on your computer forever. Or, back in the day, you'd buy a computer and Office would come as part of the package. That was a different time. Today we're living an era of cloud computing and remote work, and Microsoft adapted to that, releasing Microsoft Office 365 in 2011.
Business Process Management
Invoicing should be easy. A contractor performs work for your company, submits an invoice and is paid by Accounts Payable within 10 days, right? Not so much. Accounts Payable often gets backed up. Sometimes it takes months to get contractors paid. And while those contractors are becoming increasingly irate about not getting their money, your organization is losing money.
Five things. If you want to see an interesting cross-section of culture go to YouTube.com and search on "five things". Dogs. Beauty tips. Snipers. Things guys do that girls hate. Things girls do that guys love. Things found underwater that no one can explain. Five things might be enough to cover some of those topics. We're looking at software security. Five things is barely enough to get started. A good start is better than not starting, so five things it is.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon Questions. So many big events in life revolve around questions. Buying a car? You need to ask about the selling price, the financing rate, the features, the reliability ratings and more. Going to college? You need ask about tuition costs, available scholarships, graduation rates, credentials of the faculty, and yes, more. Interviewing for a job? Better learn what questions they may ask, and make sure you aren't caught without good answers. Hiring a software development company to complete a project you have is no different. Questions Questions they should be asking you. Questions you should be asking them.