When a business is started it is likely that there will be gaps in the plans. It will take a little time to work out what the risks and opportunities are. What starts as a good idea can quickly go bad and a seemingly poor one could succeed if properly dealt with. The difference between success and failure is the way in which the plan is treated. If each section of the company takes responsibility for their own part of the process, through a pre-designed system, then the system will work. The stages needed are:
- Requirement explanation – you need to know what the product will be marketed as.
- Design – while this can be changed in the future, it will have to be fit for purpose from the start.
- Development – whether it is an alteration to the original design, or additional similar items, there will have to be a process in place to provide a stereotype.
- Testing – the last thing you want is for the customers to find out that the item falls short of what is expected. Good and thorough testing will prevent this.
- Deployment – it is no good being in one place and all the orders are in another.
- Release – this will be stressful, but hopefully the application lifecycle management system that you use will make the release a great success.
- Maintenance – now you have customers you want to keep them. To do this, you need to both maintain the items sold if that is needed and maintain the process that lead to the items reaching the market.
Make sure that all the above steps are carefully watched and that you stick to the tracking process carefully.
There are many benefits to application life – cycle management and all companies will find that some are more important or applicable to them than others. For most it will be the ability to make alterations and updates to existing items. It is possible to fully test them and get them ready for release and not have had any effect on the production of the other items being made. The fact that this can be carried out in separate areas for each model will help a lot. Each item may need specific conditions that would not be right for others, so you can do this and not have a detrimental effect on the work of others.
One thing that will cause a big problem is losing track of the changes that have been made. Anaplan have a system that will ensure that all changes are tagged and easy to find. All formal revisions will be saved and ready to use or modify again. If there was an overwrite, then this would be a disaster but with this software, all changes can be made securely and structural data will always be easy to identify.
Synchronization is going to be needed and this can be between online and offline models. The ability to compare structural alterations is paramount. Structural data can be locked down and this will make for an easy, safe and clean production area. This can be done using segregated testing environments as well as revision tags.
When new products are being developed, it is important to have a short timescale to avoid competitors gaining ground. This also applies to making alterations. The ability to make simultaneous changes will put you in a good position to be ahead of the others.
All in all, application lifecycle management is a good program to use and once you have seen how much it helps the smooth running of the business, the more you will want to keep it.