The complexity of today’s applications requires meaningful software development practices that ensure the scalability and maintainability of the software. Investing in software development best practices improves overall application quality, increases developer productivity, expands the usable life of an application and lowers maintenance costs.
In a rapidly changing business and technical environment, the capacity to create or modify your existing application is a critical differentiator in responding to your users expectations and needs in a timely manner.
Your application architecture is, however, a fragile construct that can be jeopardized with software development efforts that do not follow best practices. There is a reason why they are called “best practices:” they simply work better.
As it is nowadays common to outsource part or all of the development efforts, a company needs to provide guidance and minimum expectations of quality and management of the projects. Setting up clear requirements on the quality of the code, documentation, receipt and acceptance, warranty, testing and validation are what make a project successful and predictable. BestIT encourages you to establish those minimal best practices, and can help you create and enforce them as needed.
Overall, the consistent use of software development best practices at the enterprise level enables you to move resources and skills with fewer constraints, to track the progress and performance of ongoing efforts, and to better predict the date, cost and quality of the artifacts upon completion of your projects, whether internal, external or a blend of both.