Software Development Life Cycle -Tools for Transparency
Globalization led business world, depend on the technological innovations to meet the cut throat competition. Customer being the major priority in every business establishment, all the business oriented organizations and corporate houses look forward newer software applications to meet customer demands. However, every software developed indigenously by the organization’s software professionals or outsourced from experts in the field, has a life cycle of its own.
The software development life cycle or SDLC can be defined as the entire process of formal and logical steps taken to develop any software. In other words, it is a process of creating or altering software systems customized as per the models and methodologies of a particular organization. The software development life cycle involves the people, process and technology in its success drive, eases the complexities in the business and enhances the productivity status of the organization.
There are a number of methodologies and models are available to guide the software development lifecycle. Irrespective of being traditional, iterative, waterfall or Agile methodologies these solutions have a flexible workflow and configurable applications and can be customized as per organizational requirements. . Further, SDLC facilitates improvement of requirements management tools for software engineering and development and enhances its quality and efficiency.
The software development life cycle which is also referred under the new nomenclature of Application Lifecycle management, comprises of requirements management tools, test management, risk management, release management and IT project management solutions. Other functions such as configuration management and build management which are functions of the SDLC are achieved through integration of third party tools with the help of the service integration bus adaptors.
The leading service providers in the industry list the strengths of the software development lifecycle as increased productivity with a proven framework for uniform methods, designs and operations. This also ensures timely delivery high quality software through adequate planning, control and total management while maximizing productivity. Being completely web based SDLC solutions facilitates information exchange and team collaborations over the web irrespective of time distance and geographical boundaries with the help of multiple input capturing methods, multiple reporting methods and traceability index.
The key features of the SDLC solutions include ability to trace relationships, multiple capturing methods, and multiple reporting options with automation of processes. However innovations in the technology has paved way for an integration platform or an service integration bus which would provide a platform for integrating standard SDLC tools ensuring transparency across various software development life cycle, macro and micro-level processes automation and clarity in communication across disciplines.