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The SDLC Establishes Consistency in the Software Development Process
As computer program and application specifications have become more complex, so have requirements for programming and software development.
Over the years, software developers have adopted strategies that systematically organize the software creation process. This is referred to as the software development life cycle (SDLC). Although there are a number of different models that can be followed, SDLC methodology basically separates each facet of the development process into stages or “phases.” These phases consist of:
Assessing software requirements and specifications: This is a process of discovering what the end user needs and determining what capabilities the program or application must possess. This entails a thorough analysis of the end user’s systems and often includes the software development cost estimation.
Designing the software: This is where software concepts are brought to life by developing the program architecture and ironing out all of the details.
Developing the software: Also called the “implementation phase,” this is where the code is written and the program is built.
Software testing and software quality assurance (QA): Various software testing methods are employed to test the program’s performance, functionality, and to detect and eliminate “bugs.” From unit testing, integration testing, system testing, to user acceptance testing (UAT), this phase is performed by an organization’s own testing staff or by an outsourced software testing company.
Deployment: The final phase, this is where the finished product is delivered to the end user and implemented.
The services of reputable outsourced software development companies are often enlisted to create and implement software testing programs. These entities are experts in the SDLC process. Their teams possess the skills and acumen necessary to create effective software solutions; train end users; make changes where required; and provide continuing maintenance and service in support of their products. They understand that building a strong relationship with the client is a critical-yet-unspoken aspect of SDLC.
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