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Software Development Models
 
 fig. Software Development Life Cycle
   
We have rich experience and strong technical expertise in providing Full Lifecycle Product Development services starting from product architecture and design, product development, product testing to product sustenance services to our clients.

Popular Software Development Models that we follow:

 1. System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Model
 2. Prototyping Model
 3. Rapid Application Development (RAD) Model
 4. Component Assembly Model

Outsource software product development has caught the imagination of the entire business world. Gone are the days when a software vendor’s core strength was the ability to build products. Today, successful software product development companies are those that react quickly to constantly changing market conditions. They need to deliver outsourced products of the highest quality at the lowest price that satisfies customer needs.
Neo Interactives
outsourced software product development solutions aim to accelerate the creation of your software products, reduce time to market and help make schedules predictable in order to better manage resources, predictable costs, and reduced market and technology risks. With Neo Interactives as development partner or your development team, you can realize your product vision successfully.

Software Engineering processes are composed of many activities, notably the following:

Market Research:
A market study is made to identify a potential customer's need. This process is also known as market research. Here, the already existing need and the possible and potential needs that are available in a segment of the society are studied carefully. The market study is done based on a lot of assumptions. Assumptions are the crucial factors in the development or inception of a product's development. Unrealistic assumptions can cause a nosedive in the entire venture. Though assumptions are abstract, there should be a move to develop tangible assumptions to come up with a successful product.

Functional Requirements Definition:
This stage involves analysing the marketing requirements from a software application perspective. Specifying the software required for meeting the marketing requirements of a company is a major activity in this stage. We offer our expert advice in this direction.

Research and Development(R&D):
Once the Market Research is carried out, the customer's need is given to the Research & Development division (R&D) to conceptualize a cost-effective system that could potentially solve the customer's needs in a manner that is better than the one adopted by the competitors at present. Once the conceptual system is developed and tested in a hypothetical environment, the development team takes control of it. The development team adopts one of the software development methodologies that is given below, develops the proposed system, and gives it to the customer.
The Sales & Marketing division starts selling the software to the available customers and simultaneously works to develop a niche segment that could potentially buy the software. In addition, the division also passes the feedback from the customers to the developers and the R&D division to make possible value additions to the product.
While developing a software, the company outsources the non-core activities to other companies who specialize in those activities. This accelerates the software development process largely. Some companies work on tie-ups to bring out a highly matured product in a short period.

System/Information Engineering and Modeling:
As software is always of a large system (or business), work begins by establishing the requirements for all system elements and then allocating some subset of these requirements to software. This system view is essential when the software must interface with other elements such as hardware, people and other resources. System is the basic and very critical requirement for the existence of software in any entity. So if the system is not in place, the system should be engineered and put in place. In some cases, to extract the maximum output, the system should be re-engineered and spruced up. Once the ideal system is engineered or tuned, the development team studies the software requirement for the system.

Software Requirement Analysis:
This process is also known as feasibility study. In this phase, the development team visits the customer and studies their system. They investigate the need for possible software automation in the given system. By the end of the feasibility study, the team furnishes a document that holds the different specific recommendations for the candidate system. It also includes the personnel assignments, costs, project schedule, target dates etc.... The requirement gathering process is intensified and focussed specially on software. To understand the nature of the program(s) to be built, the system engineer or "Analyst" must understand the information domain for the software, as well as required function, behavior, performance and interfacing. The essential purpose of this phase is to find the need and to define the problem that needs to be solved .

System Analysis and Design(Technology,Tier,Database Design):
In this phase, the software development process, the software's overall structure and its nuances are defined. In terms of the client/server technology, the number of tiers needed for the package architecture, the database design, the data structure design etc... are all defined in this phase. A software development model is thus created. Analysis and Design are very crucial in the whole development cycle. Any glitch in the design phase could be very expensive to solve in the later stage of the software development. Much care is taken during this phase. The logical system of the product is developed in this phase.

Development:
The design must be translated into a machine-readable form. The code generation step performs this task. If the design is performed in a detailed manner, code generation can be accomplished without much complication. Programming tools like compilers, interpreters, debuggers etc... are used to generate the code. Different high level programming languages like C, C++, Pascal, Java,.Net are used for coding. With respect to the type of application, the right programming language is chosen.

We boast of highly skilled software developers who have top of the class expertise in new product development. Our new product development methodologies are world-class and in depth. The major part of product development involves coding. Detailed documents are created at this stage that includes a low level design document prepared and sent for client’s approval. Subsequently all the related documents like coding standards, build notes and installation notes are created. Finally the completed code is passed on to the next stage keeping the operational costs to a minimum. During this entire process, the product development team will be in constant touch with the client.

QA & Testing:
Once the code is generated, the software program testing begins. Different testing methodologies are available to unravel the bugs that were committed during the previous phases. Different testing tools and methodologies are already available.

Product testing is our core competency. Product testing is an extremely critical phase in the product development life-cycle. Our SQA practice ensures that all the product requirements given by the client - functional and non-functional, are strictly adhered to while ensuring quality of delivery. Clients are provided access to our proprietary Project Management and Bug-Tracking tool which provides periodic reports.

Deployment:
Deployment starts after the code is appropriately tested, approved for release, and sold or otherwise distributed into a production environment. This may involve installation, customisation (e.g. by setting parameters to the customer's values), testing, and possibly an extended period of evaluation. Software deployment is all of the activities that make a software system available for use.

Training and Support:
A large percentage of software projects fail because the developers fail to realize that it doesn't matter how much time and planning a development team puts into creating software if nobody in an organization ends up using it. People are occasionally resistant to change and avoid venturing into an unfamiliar area, so as a part of the deployment phase, its very important to have training classes for the most enthusiastic software users (build excitement and confidence), shifting the training towards the neutral users intermixed with the avid supporters, and finally incorporate the rest of the organization into adopting the new software. Users will have lots of questions and software problems which leads to the next phase of software.

Maintenance & Bug Fixing:
Maintaining and enhancing software to cope with newly discovered problems or new requirements can take far more time than the initial development of the software. Not only may it be necessary to add code that does not fit the original design but just determining how software works at some point after it is completed may require significant effort by a software engineer. About 60% of all software engineering work is maintenance, but this statistic can be misleading. A small part of that is fixing bugs. Most maintenance is extending systems to do new things, which in many ways can be considered new work.

Enhancement & Optimization (Product Sustenance):
In this stage,  clients necessary information to maintain and enhance the software delivered. Configuration management and transition plan developed during the initial stage are strictly adhered to and necessary fine-tuning is done based on the client’s feedback. We keep the client updated on the project and provide him the necessary information on a need basis.
Some of the key services we provide include internationalization & localization of products, porting across platforms, client customizations and technical support.
We understand the importance of supporting the client at this stage and provide the following facilities:

  • Handling minor modifications or data-related bugs
  • Handling minor enhancements and changes
  • Regular database maintenance and purging
  • Guidance for any environment-level modification
  • Providing need based technical support to the application administrator

Outsourced product development services:
Outsourced software product life cycle management Offshore joint software product development support Offshore software product engineering - product design & development solutions Custom software product customization Outsourced product component development Offshore software product re-engineering services Outsourced software product maintenance

Neo Interactives Delivers:
  • Outsourced software research and development
  • Software product design and development
  • Full product software testing cycle
  • Customization software solutions
  • Outsourced component design and integration
  • Software documentation & product support
  • We also do custom software products as per your industry needs.

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