Implementation, or deployment, is one of the most important aspects of the software development process. It is the mechanism by which applications, updates and patches are delivered by developers to users. The methods used to build, test and deploy new features can affect how quickly a product responds to change, depending on customer preferences or requirements, and the quality of each.
The development teams streamline the procedure, which includes several steps and activities with the goal of responding more quickly to customer needs through updates and the provision of new features. As a result, customer satisfaction is enhanced and new business opportunities are generated.
Each company should apply its own implementation process according to its needs, based on the application of existing best practices, or by customising it. Software implementation can be summarised in three general phases: preparation, tests and release.
Developers must gather all the code that will be implemented along with libraries, configuration files or resources necessary for the functioning of the application. In addition, it is necessary to define the processes, determine the priorities and risks, as well as design the tests.
Developers must gather all the code that will be implemented along with libraries, configuration files or resources necessary for the operation of the application. In addition, it is necessary to define the processes, determine the priorities and risks, as well as design the tests.
Before being sent to the production environment, a project must be implemented in an environment where it can be subjected to a pre-configured set of tests. There are two categories of tests: functional tests and non-functional tests. Functional tests are done to assess whether the functionalities developed are in accordance with what the client wants. Non-functional tests are done to evaluate aspects such as performance, reliability, usability and security, among others.
Having a test environment that is a copy of the real environment allows you to test new changes made by the developers. Testing them before they are released in the production environment reduces the risk of errors or bottlenecks that may affect users. This translates into higher levels of satisfaction and more uptime in the application.
After fully testing an application, it can be deployed in the production environment. The final step is to check for any bugs or errors that occurred in this environment. If there are any, it is possible to revert to the previous version of the project and continue to ensure the best possible experience for the client and users interacting with the new application.
At LOBA, we apply the above-mentioned phases and methods in our software projects. These allow us to achieve greater rigor and levels of security in the development of projects, which consequently translates into advantages for developers and, of course, for our clients.
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