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Guide to Software Development

Designing and Managing the Life Cycle

Langer, Arthur M.

2012, XVIII, 354 p.

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  • Explains how to create successful automated solutions that fit user and customer needs, by mixing different SDLC methodologies
  • Guides readers through the theory, and application in real practice, covering management issues as well as technical considerations
  • Includes chapter-ending problems and exercises, and concrete examples and effective case studies, as well as useful Appendices, a Glossary, and suggestions for further reading

The challenge of improving the quality and process of implementing enterprise software has only become more complex, and software products for enterprise resource planning (ERP) often fail to provide quicker and more cost-effective solutions. Furthermore, the decision whether to make or buy software is not a simple one.

This Guide to Software Development addresses the problem of how best to make such decisions, and what effect such decisions have on the software development life cycle (SDLC). Offering an integrated approach that includes important management and decision practices, this text/reference explains how to create successful automated solutions that fit user and customer needs, by mixing different SDLC methodologies. Guiding readers through the theory, and applying this to the realities of practice, the book offers essential advice on defining accurate business requirements, and managing change.

Topics and features:

  • Provides concrete examples and effective case studies
  • Focuses on the skills and insights that distinguish successful software implementations
  • Covers management issues as well as technical considerations, including how to deal with political and cultural realities in organizations
  • Identifies many new alternatives for how to manage and model a system using sophisticated analysis tools and advanced management practices
  • Emphasizes how and when professionals can best apply these tools and practices, and what benefits can be derived from their application
  • Discusses searching for vendor solutions, and vendor contract considerations

Suitable for students of introductory project management, or analysis and design, this practical guide/reference will also be of interest to practicing IT professionals and executives involved in managing software projects, in addition to business managers responsible for ERP-type projects.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Analysis and Design - Business Requirements - Data Conversion - Project Management - Quality Assurance - SDLC

Related subjects » Communication Networks - Information Systems and Applications - Software Engineering

Table of contents 

Introduction

Part I: Determining Needs

Assessing Business Requirements

Build vs. Buy Issues

Establishing Requirements (RFI, RFP)

Searching for Solutions

Controlling Costs and Realistic Budgeting

Analysis Methods and Tools

Part II: Development Architecture

Creating Requirement Documents using Analysis Tools

The Data

Legacy Systems and Data Conversion

Business Process Reengineering

Data Analytics and Data Warehouses

Documentation and Acceptance Testing

Part III: How to Implement

Project Management

Standards and ISO 9000

Vendor Contract Considerations

Going Live and Conclusions

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