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              New digital capabilities have changed the world and even how businesses run. Indeed, rapid advancement became an impetus to harness and utilize technology in business management and operations. Technology provided the leeway for companies to adapt and to choose from a sheer range of options available in the market. But with a lot of fishes in the sea or let us say a wide spectrum of software systems, how do you necessarily know what is the right software system for your business? or maybe, what type will actually help you to boost your company’s productivity and profitability?

Hence, there are a lot of mind-boggling questions that may come into your mind when you hear the word “software system.” A software system is just an aspect of an IT system. On a bigger scheme, an IT system is encapsulating not only the software but even the hardware aspect as well. A system includes the database, infrastructure, process, people and security.

But in this article, we will mainly talk about the software system alone. It has interconnected components working together to facilitate the flow of information and inter-process communication.

A software system is vital for business success. It helps in supporting the operations and standard procedures of an enterprise. Everything seems to be easy with the use of software system. Yes, as compared to the manual way of doing things, using an automated system is much more convenient, faster and maybe error-free. With the use of a software system, you can also plan and design a corporate and/or strategy that will coherently help you to achieve certain business goals. A software system is made up of different parts, procedures or modules which is specifically designed to address and target business problems. 

Big corporations or even Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) face a barrel of responsibilities due to the increasing number of clients and even products and services. Actually, this kind of problem is a “good” problem, because it is a testament that your business is growing and expanding! Thus, it is a must that you impose certain mechanisms on how you can deal with such changes and improve your business.

One of these mechanisms is by having a software system which can help you to make efficient operations without compromising the quality of your service and product. Voila! This is where a software system comes into play. But how can you know if it’s the right one for you?  Here are some suggestions.

  • The right software system for your business should always be anchored and customized based on your needs. Yes! your needs will define what kind of software system should you have. And your needs are very unique to your business which is different from what businesses with the similar business model have. You even have to identify the set of issues and problems that you want to address by using such.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Different kinds of software system can address your specific needs. For instance, if your problem is how to streamline your Human Resources and Payroll processes, you can go for a Human Resources Information System (HRIS). If your needs are more of managing customer inquiries and complaints, you can plan on having a Client Management Information System (CMIS). If your need is more of managing the content, you can go on having a Content Management System (CMS). If you want something that will manage your Sales funnel and the financial flow of your company, you may want to have a Sales Management System or Financial Management System. Other software systems are Inventory System, Operational System or an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System.
  • The right software system for your business should serve your purpose, interests and business goals. In other words, the software system should be purposive. It should solve your problems, address your business needs and help you achieve your corporate goals and objectives. For instance, one of your goals is to reduce the number of employees complaining about errors in their tax computation. Thus, as a solution you’ve think of acquiring a Payroll System which will yield accurate data and exhibit computing techniques to be able to achieve your goal. In this way, this can also promote productivity and time management for your employees.
  • The right software system for your business can help you in managing and documenting data. One of the special features of a software system is its capacity to store, process and manage information. Keeping track and monitoring your data is much easier with the use of a software system. Thus, the right one for your business should be able to have this feature to help you in dealing with data management problems and documentation.
  • The right software system for your business can boost your productivity and profit. Any business would want a system that would help them save more time in their operations. Yes, a software system that would complement with your business strategies is a must have. Sometimes business transactions will run smoother and faster with the use of a software system. Nowadays, even banks, offices and media establishments are using such to speed up and manage their company information. Thus, it helps in stimulating productivity and profit.
  • The right software system for your business will leverage your business towards growth. The right software system should be able to support your growth as a business. It should be able to function as tool for improving and supporting your internal and external procedures. Who knows? This software system can pave the way towards your advancement and future expansion.
  • The right software system for your business is a wise investment. If you want the right software system, you should also look for the right people who are capable of making things right for your business. You should also acquire the services of a good and reputable software company if you don’t have an in-house developer, or simply, your in-house developers are not sufficient to address your needs. For this part, our previous article located in the blog section can guide you. After all, deciding to venture with system development has always been an investment. Thus, it is important to look at the cost and the Return of Investment (ROI) that the software system can actually bring your business. It is like investing and sowing right now, then reaping the fruits in the long run. Make sure to make a wise decision, go for the best that will pay you off larger in the future.

These are just some suggestions on how you can find the right software system for your business. Even on your own you can keep on asking several business questions and unravel mechanisms on how to find the right software system for your business. Just remember that the urgency to address certain business needs is also a consideration might as well the cost of production. Go for a software system that will work best for your business!

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Enduring the rigorous process of System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is never that easy and it will never be!  Why? It is because it doesn’t just stop there. As a matter of fact, after the testing phase, you are still one step away into having that dream system of yours.

Do you even know what’s the last phase? Well, it’s no other than the production phase where the real challenge begins!  This stage entails the actual creation or migration of of the system from testing and staging environments based on the standards and specifications identified during the previous stages.

Relatively, this is the real deal before reaping the fruits of your labor. But how can you be sure that you are now 100% prepared to launch that system for production? Have you seen the green light telling you to go on or have you seen that red light or the red flags waving you to stop?

Given such, it is important to remember and consider some things before putting a newly developed system in production environment. Doing such things might help you to avoid poor execution and project failure.

Thus, why not try to do these things before production?

  • Identify and review all the requirements, specifications, resources, people needed before production. 

It is important that all the requirements are clearly defined and the resources are allocated before production. Conducting the testing and staging phase might have given you the idea on what are the issues that may transpire during the actual production. It can give you the edge to review and to plan ahead.

  • Verify the approach to be used and if adheres with the standards, needs and goals of the project

In software development, the model and the approach used to create the project is very vital. Thus, during the testing, the team should be able to verify if they are using the right model and approach. This should be done to avoid huge errors and too much costs during production. Hence, it is wise to know during the testing part if the mechanisms used were efficient and in line with the needs and goals of the business. During the testing, the team can also evaluate if there is still the need to do other approaches if the previous ones which were used were not effective.

  • Conduct thorough testing

Before production, it is important to conduct thorough testing, as much as possible close to the production environment. Every system has its own procedures when it comes to this stage so better follow such and do this seriously and exhaustively. This will be done to prevent and predict issues and threats that may arise during the actual production phase.

  • Fix bugs efficiently 

In creating any system, bugs are also inevitable so the QA team should be able to find the bugs efficiently. Fix and solve it with minimal time and effort. You can also strategize and focus on bugs that needs urgency and may pose bigger threat with the system that you are going to create. Be efficient, focus on issues that are important.

  • Ensure server and system security and its performance

Security is very vital especially if you are using (Software-as-a-Service) SaaS or open source codes. Thus, before production it is important to impose security measures and evaluation on the server and the system itself. This is required especially if the system will be hosted by using the Cloud. Relatively, system performance should also be evaluated at all cost during the testing so that during the production you can assure that optimal performance can be achieved. Performance risks should also be identified.

  • Simulate the testing environment and the data used for the production environment

It is very crucial to produce the same environment that you’ve used during testing including the data or the information. The very purpose of testing is to copy the production environment in order to validate if all the elements work. But before production, it is also necessary to remember that since you’ve already conducted testing, the elements that were efficient during the testing, should be simulated and copied to the production phase. The same pipeline should be used for both phases. 

  • Review the processes for every element of the project and implement Quality Control procedures

The team should be accountable for reviewing and checking every element of the project/ system. They should review every step to ensure that everything is working and every element is compatible with each other. Make sure that you are following your timeline without compromising the quality of your output. You should not put the quality at stake so make realistic deadlines and put your best foot forward.

  • Validate the system/product by running a regression cycle

The process of regression cycle is also known as the final phase to stabilize the system/product. It is presented by using a hierarchy with several branches. Normally, this has components that will make the client/customer to understand the system/product on their own perspective. This gives the team the opportunity to validate and impose some changes if it is deemed necessary. If the system passes all the tests, you can now see that green light which tells you to “Go” and proceed to the production phase.

  • Test if the system works by running a sanity test

In order to test if everything works, a sanity test is conducted. The results matter for it also evaluates if the third-party system works. It can also say if there are compatibility issues. Project success should be seen at this phase.

  • Document, Document and Document

All changes and configurations made from the test environment to the production environment as well as changes to the programs, the databases and any auxiliiary applications should be properly documented.

  • Provide and assign the right people to do the tasks

Choosing and assigning the right people for the development team is integral to attain access. Having the right people with the right skills can help you to avoid pitfalls and failure in developing a system. Just make sure that their tasks are clearly defined and they are designated properly. Sometimes due to the current trends, much more are expected for developers and the QA team. More often than not, they have to break the traditional ways and learn the contemporary methods of software development. 

These are just some of the few considerations that you need to remember before you put that newly developed system in production. These might be some ordinary guidelines for you but you’ll never know, extraordinary results might come out of these!

 

References:

TechBeacon Online Website. (September 29,2016). Retrieved from http://techbeacon.com/10-best-practices-qa-teams-deliver-quality-software-fast

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Published in Software Development
Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:21

Hardcoding Vs. Softcoding

 

Are you torn in between hardcoding and softcoding? Well, in the plethora of codes, you may have probably asked how hardcoding differs from softcoding? Are they one and the same? Is hardcoding really hard? When should I use such?

Apparently, these are just some of the normal questions that a person may have. Don’t worry we are actually on the same page, come and let’s unfold what each concept means!

What is Hardcoding?

According to John Spacey (2016), hardcoding is defined as a practice of embedding things in code or the placement of values and functions in a code. This is usually avoided by programmers because it entails the use of complex programming techniques. System maintenance is also on the hard side.  This is also the reason why hardcoding is normally performed by programmers only. 

What is Softcoding?

On the other hand, softcoding is known as the placement of values and functions to configure or modify the codes. This is preferred by business operations because even the users can change the functionalities of a software even without the presence of the programmer. (Spacey, 2016) In this type of coding, users are allowed to customize the software according to their needs.  It gets the information externally from the outside.

How to differentiate hardcoding from softcoding?

On a more technical level, an entity may contain both codes either through hardcoding of softcoding. According to Michael Blaha in his book entitled Patterns of Data Modelling the two concepts are very different from each other as listed in the table below. If you are a programmer this might not be new to you.

 

Table 1: Hardcoding Vs. Softcoding (Blaha,2015)

                                  System values (hardcoded)           Other values (softcoded)

 

        Hardcoding

              Softcoding

Certainty

Hardcode attributes that are certain

Softcode attributes that are uncertain or may be added during or after development.

Indexing

Limited to at most one value

for an entity- attribute combination

Permits multiple values for an entity attribute combination

Multivalues

Awkward to record

Straightforward to record

Value meta

data

Name, timestamp

Descriptive data

 

 What should I use?

          If you are still puzzled on what to use, you can start by thinking about… What will work best for you as a programmer or as a user? Actually, it will solely depend on your approach, requirements and the structure of the system that you’ll be creating.

You can just say that the easy way out would be softcoding especially if you want to customize everything for your users.  If you find it challenging to do coding deep down the source, hardcoding may be the best choice for you! It may be tedious but if you’ll count on your expertise the outcome might be fruitful for you.

Just remember that no matter how you enjoy each one. There are also instances that you need to use both. This is also the reason why even novice programmers are entitled to know both types of coding.

At the end of the day, there would be no harm in learning both, right? Who knows? This might come in handy in the future!

 

 

References:

Spacey,John. Simplicable Online Website Article (September 5,2016).Hardcoding VS. Softcoding Retrieved from http://simplicable.com/new/hardcoding-vs-softcoding

Table 1.Hardcoding Vs. Softcoding. Adapted from “Patterns of Data Modeling ” by Michael Blaha, 2010, Copyright 2015 by Taylor & Francis Group CRC Press Retrieved from  Google Books Link: https://books.google.com.ph/books?id=s_IbDAAAQBAJ&pg=SA13-PA9&lpg=SA13PA9&dq=table+hardcoding+vs.+softcoding&source=bl&ots=c9o3BH7bq0&sig=fZKTqE3kWdOcoFfMTRvEFQrtmlE&hl=ceb&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiVqLXBxffOAhVgFMAKHfpCAosQ6AEIUjAG#v=onepage&q=table%20hardcoding%20vs.%20softcoding&f=false

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 10:06

What is a test-environment?

 

                 According to the World Quality Report (Testing and Quality Assurance Trends and Recommendations, 2015-2016), the impact of IT quality on end-user experience is a primary motivating force to conduct initiatives for digital transformation. Undeniably, with the onset of the Internet of Things, Cloud, business analytics, mobile applications etc., business operations and organizations are more into the use of “testing” as a mechanism to gain remarkable insights when it comes to assurance level and customer satisfaction.

Currently, companies are investing time and money to conduct QA and testing with the goal of delivering a seamless customer experience for the end-users. By 2018, it was predicted that there will be a 40% increase in the proportion of IT budget allocated for testing. Thus, this is a reflection that testing is a matter of importance. Furthermore, it is also deemed necessary to know what are the elements encapsulating this process.

When it comes to testing, one of the most sought after concept is the test-environment. But what does it actually mean?

Knowing what is a test-environment Is

According to Jaideep Khanduja (2008),“a test-environment is defined as a setup of software and hardware where the team is going to perform the simulation or testing of a newly built application or program. This includes the physical setup which consists of the hardware and logical setup which includes the Server Operating System, client operating system, database server, front end running environment, browser (if web application), IIS (version on server side) or any other software components required to run this software product. This testing setup is to be built on both the ends – i.e. the server and client.”

Generally speaking, the test-environment consists of elements that can support the test execution with the configuration of the software, hardware and the network. The overall test-environment setup must copy the actual production environment to uncover issues in need of revision or improvement. (TutorialsPoint,2016).

Understanding the Basics of Software Testing

Before you can design the test-environment there are five essential points to consider when it comes to software testing as suggested by David Brown, Six Sigma Website (2016). First is the test strategy, this tells you what type of testing are you going to use which will be best in probing the software. Technically, a strategy that will be best at finding the issues or loop holes within the system. Second is known as the testing plan this is the framework of the actual testing tasks that the team need to execute the strategy.

Third is the test case, this is very important for it consists of the detailed examples to be used to verify if the software meets its requirements. Fourth is the test data or the database or information that you will use to carry out the test case. Lastly of course is the test-environment which will mimic the actual production process.(Brown, 2016)

Identifying Some Software Testing Types

If you plan to test a custom application or program, it is important to identify what type of software testing are you going to use. Each type is different from the other, depending on what purpose it will serve.

Some of the popular ones are the following: (Software Testing Help, 2016)

  • Black box testing- This is the type of testing that is solely based on the requirements and functionality. It doesn’t put prior on the internal system design.
  • White box testing- This is also called as Glass box testing which focuses on internal logic of an application. The tests are based on code statements, branches, paths, conditions
  • Unit testing- is known as a testing of individual software components or modules. Usually, developers do this for they are familiar with the internal program.
  • System testing- the entire system is tested as per the requirements.
  • Functional testing- this type of testing ignores the internal aspects, it is focused on the output.
  • Sanity testing- type of testing used to determine if a new software version is performing well.

Designing the test-environment

The test-environment may vary from one business to another. It depends to the needs and objectives of the testing process. Here are a few factors to consider if you are planning or preparing to do a test-environment.

Prepare and identify all the requirements that you’ll be needing for the simulation. This includes the following:

  • required operating system, database and other components
  • number of license required (optional)
  • network configuration
  • archive/back-up process
  • versions of applications needed (ex. Apache, PHP, MSQL, Java etc.)

Another thing to consider is what we call as environmental configuration. This is defined as the combination of hardware and software environment which the tests will be conducted. It helps in ensuring that the actual production and test-environment have the same setup. (TutorialsPoint, 2016)

These are just some of the basics when it comes to test-environment. A test-environment varies from one setup to another. There are really a lot to know about testing especially the hierarchy of a test-environment but that’s another story.

References:

World Quality Report (23 August 2016) Retrieved from https://www.capgemini.com/thought-leadership/world-quality-report-2015-16

Test-environment (23 August 2016)  Retrieved from http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/quality-assurance/what-is-a-testing-environment-for-software-testing/

TutorialPoint, (23 August 2016)  Test-Environment Retrieved from   http://www.tutorialspoint.com/software_testing_dictionary/test_environment.htm

Basics of Software Testing, (23 August 2016) Retrieved from http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/types-of-software-testing/

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             In a globally competitive world, no doubt that personal and career development is a must. No wonder why the so called “millennials” are constantly seeking for a barrel of avenues wherein they can grow and unleash their potentials. In a report conducted by Gallup entitled as “How Millennials Work and Live” it has been noted that 87% of millennials rate career development  as an important factor in choosing a job.

Well, this is not surprising considering that technological advancement became an inherent aspect of modernization. The millennials want jobs that are innovative, success-driven and dynamic for growth. Here are some of the reasons, why most millennials may probably want or think of joining the Information Technology (IT) sector.

1. IT Jobs are dynamic and innovative

              Sounds cool right? Most of the generation today are millennials who are digital natives, which means they are accustomed to the use of technology. Most of the millenials today are forced to learn new things and it makes them flexible.  Web developers, programmers, android developers need to keep up with the latest trends in applications, programming language in oder to do certain tasks. Truly, millennials have to adapt with the current technologies. products and solutions that are available within a specific time. As a result, technology paved way for a lot of innovations coming from the new gadgets and applications that are being changed and invented everyday. Thus, it makes IT jobs more fascinating for the millennials.  IT jobs require fresh ideas, skills and innovative people like the millennials. 

2. IT Jobs are challenging

              Coding, developing, programming, reducing bugs and the like are not really easy. You have to be equipped with the knowledge and the skills in order to do such IT tasks. For millennial programmers, MySQL, JQuery, CSS, HTML can be as challenging as it is. They have to painstakingly work overnight just to code and learn other programming languages based on the system requirements of a company. The IT sector is very broad and this serves as challenge and opportunity for millennials to prove themselves. Well, millennials of today love to explore and learn new things. They wanted to challenge their abilities and think out of the box. But take note, millennials are also outgoing who love adventures so given such challenges, this can also lead them to explore other avenues wherein they can grow. This is also the reason why most of them especially the younger ones are into job hunting to the point that they change their jobs frequently. 

3. IT Jobs are interesting and fun

                More often than not, if you are an IT guy, there must be something in the technical world that interest you so much. If you are a programmer, you will not bear the agony of the coding process if you didn’t love and enjoy it in the first place.If you are a web developer, you will not study or take time to learn those certain platforms and applications if you didn’t like it even an ounce of it. Either it is by force or by choice, it still depends on how you view your job. Generally speaking, millennials want jobs that are innovative and fun. IT jobs are pretty fun and serious by nature. You have to take it seriously so that you can achieve fruitful results. This is the reason why most of the technical people think that IT jobs are interesting and fun. At the end of the day, if you love what you are doing you will not think of it as work.  

4. IT jobs are in demand

                  IT jobs are really promising for the millennials. It has been reported that by the year 2025, a larger part of the working sector will be composed of the millennials. It is also expected that a lot of industries and businesses will be improving their systems to adapt with the modern demands of the future. Thus, all the more they will need technological solutions and resources to address their needs. This will open up to a myriad of opportunities for IT people. Some businesses may result to IT staff augmentation or IT project outsourcing to achieve operational efficiency and lessen their cost. On the international level, there has been an increasing demand for IT people. All you have to do is search for that golden opportunity.

5. IT jobs are flexible and have a unique working culture

                   Millennials of today, love to work and play. This has been proven by a lot of IT companies who are making twist in their work culture. Local or international, some IT companies are making an effort to revolutionize the work place atmosphere. This is done to make their employees feel good so as they can work effectively. Even the offices are being designed in a unique manner so as it can be conducive not only for the customers but most importantly for the employees. They even offer free food, provide sleeping quarters, gaming room, gym in order to adjust with the lifestyle of the millennials.

      Isn’t it exciting? Well, these are just some of the captivating reasons why you might want to be part of the IT sector. No doubt, being an IT guy is as cool and as interesting as you may have probably think of! Salute to all the IT guys out there.

 

References:

Gallup Business Journal Online Website (2016, August 22). “How Miilennials Work and Live Report. Retrieved from“ http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/191435/millennials-work-life.aspx

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Guys who have just gotten out of college and looking to have a career in programming or simply those guys who would just want to make programming a hobby are basically in a whirlwind these days due to the presence or availability of several programming languages that they would want to decide to use. However, it is noted that most programming languages these days are becoming more general and all-purpose compared to the programming languages available decades ago. They still have their own specializations and each language has its own pros and cons.

 

Programming languages can be divided into a few basic types, though languages support general programming styles that can be applied in basically all languages.

  1. Procedural type. This is the most common programming language type. This type of language executes a sequence of statements that lead to a result. This type typically uses many variables and heavy loops.
  2. Functional type. This is a contrast of the procedural type which makes minimal or no use of stored state (or data stored in RAM) which is typically used in the procedural type. The primary focus of this type is on the return values of functions. Normally these languages are simpler in syntax which makes it easier to work on problems.
  3. Object-oriented (or OOP). OOP views everything as a collection of objects that have specific data on their own and creating external means of accessing parts of data. Think of it as several databases with several fields inside, in which OOP extracts some fields on several databases and uses it to create results.
  4. Scripting is normally used outside of any compiler-based languages but uses components of OOP.
  5. Logic programming allows programmers to make declarative statements and allow the computer to reason about the consequences of those statements.

 

To call these types is misleading. An example is that it is possible to program OOP-style in C++ or a functional type in a scripting language. In reality, all modern languages have this features and ideas from multiple languages that serve to increase the richness and usefulness of these languages.

 

So what language are you in? In order to decide, you have to decide what platform or application would you prefer doing? Are you more into mobile applications? Or into enterprise applications? Or stand-alone applications that you may want to interface to some other applications in the future?

 

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Monday, 15 August 2016 11:09

What Is SDLC?

 

 

Most of us who are in IT but are not involved in systems development oftentimes hear the term "SDLC" from our colleagues. But what is SDLC anyway? Is it another IT language that no one can ever comprehend?

SDLC is an abbreviation of Systems Development Life Cycle, which are phases involved in systems development. These are processes that are designed to meet or exceed customer satisfaction. By means of customer satisfaction, it simply means that the users, who are customers of the software developers are fully satisfied with the product or output of the software development. It simply means that the software is running as intended to simplify manual tasks, processes, create accurate and timely reports, process transactions properly and are completed within time and budget.

There are around six (6) phases in SDLC namely:

  • Systems planning
  • Systems analysis
  • Systems design
  • Implementation
  • Systems testing and integration
  • Systems Maintenance

The systems planning phase is the most critical part in creating a working applications system. This phase is where realizations in creating a new application is defined and how it addresses current and future needs, alternative solutions which can be cheaper or easier to maintain are studied, and where budget, timeframe and the manpower to create and maintain the proposed automated system are defined. If stones are left unturned in this phase, then its back to the drawing board.

The systems analysis phase is where user and business requirements, expectations for the proposed system and how will it perform and help the business are defined. Feasibility studies for the project are developed as well so that it should answer if the project is feasible economically, organizationally, operationally and technically. At this phase, it is very critical that project managers as well as business and systems analysts maintain close and strong communication levels with the users or clients as well as with the stakeholders so that everything on the vision of the project is detailedly met, otherwise, it will affect all future phases of the project which will make it to be delivered late and beyond budget.

The systems design phase comes after it is assumed that understanding the users, business or stakeholders needs are completely acquired, understood and met. This phase defines components and requirements of the system including database requirements, runtime requirements, security and access requirements, infrastructural and network requirements as well as coding requirements are defined. A general prototype can be done to determine how the system will look like and how it will function, and then a detailed and expanded system design is produced, and it will meet all functional and technical requirements, logically and physically.

The implementation and deployment phase comes after a complete understanding of system requirements and specifications, it’s the actual construction process after having a complete and illustrated design for the requested system. Actual codes are written and if the system contains new infrastructural components, this phase also include configuration and fine-tuning of the hardware, the networks and the necessary components to meet certain requirements and functions. After the coding and the necessary infrastructural configuration, the system can now be deployed and tested by in-house IT testers prior to involving testing by the users. Training may also be required in this phase for the users to be sure they know how to use the system and get familiar with it.

The systems test and integration phase brings different components and subsystems together to create the whole integrated system, and then introducing the new system to different inputs to obtain and analyze its outputs and behavior and the way it functions. Testing is becoming more and more important to ensure customer’s satisfaction, and it requires no knowledge in coding, hardware configuration or design. Testing can be performed by real users, or by a team of specialized personnel, it can also be systematic and automated to ensure that the actual outcomes are compared and equal to the predicted and desired outcomes. Prior to this phase, test conditions on how to test the new system as its own or integrated with other systems are prepared to realize the necessary and required outputs.

In the systems maintenance phase, periodic and regular maintenance for the system will be carried out to make sure that the system won’t become obsolete, by adding new functionalities or may include replacing the old hardware and continuously evaluating system’s performance. It also includes providing latest updates for certain components to make sure it meets the right standards and the latest technologies to face current security threats as well as new components to meet changing business or user needs.

The Systems Development Life Cycle is a highly iterative process and is very specific for every software development project. Again, it is very important that excellent communication between both the developers and the users or customers be maintained and prototypes are very important and helpful in meeting expectations. In building a system, it is important that these phases are properly aligned so that customer or user satisfaction is guaranteed.

There are many models of the SDLC that came up from the idea of saving effort, money and time, no to mention in minimizing the risks in not meeting customer satisfaction at the end of the project. Some of these models are the Agile Model, The Iterative Model and the V-Model, which somehow quickens or speeds up the phase of the development, but are patterened basically on the original SDLC phases as discussed here.

 

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Do you have what it takes to be a developer? Welcome to the world of programming language where innumerable codes exist. Truly, being a developer is a rewarding job but I can also tell you frankly and straight in the eye that, it is not a “petiks” job.

"Petiks"

In the Filipino culture, the word “petiks” is a word used to denote an act of resting or just merely doing nothing with no pressure at all. Nowadays, people are fascinated with the idea that developers and programmers have a relaxing and high paying job. In one way or another, it can be true, but you really have to work hard for it.

If you aspire to climb that ladder of success, you can’t manage to turn that “petiks” mode on. You have to be focused, patient and determined into making that system right. You are also compelled to meet the deadline even if you have to sacrifice your own personal time and work over time. Moreover, developers are not complacent because they need to cope up with the ongoing trend just like upgrading your phone to a new operating system. Application developers need to learn the latest updates and changes as well in order to adjust with various technologies.

Learning how to program is like teaching a person how to speak a language. Imagine a child learning the alphabets and numbers. For a developer that is equivalent to teaching a person on how to do simple tags and using it to create a simple website/application/systems. Then, just like how a child use the alphabets into words and sentences, developers can now use the learned tags and syntax to start the developing process.

It seems to be simple, right? For a normal person, learning one’s language might be enough but for developers, it doesn’t even come close to be called as “pa-petiks”.  For a developer to survive and be slightly noticeable by a good company, you must be a “jack of all trades”.It means that you must have to learn as many skills and language as you can just like JAVA, PYTHON, RUBY, PHP, VB.NET, C,C++,C#, Object C and etc. Moreover, learning these things are not enough. You still have to put a lot of effort and dedication in this kind of work.

At the end of the day, developers must also have a good grasp on what, why, who, and how they will create a system. After all, no matter how hard their work is, it was all worth it! The feeling of getting a task done is truly rewarding and incomparable. Just like how smitten and giddy you are when you had that first Iphone 6s plus  with (128GB) storage on your birthday!

Developers don’t have a magic mouse that can make coding as easy as ABC. In this globally competitive world,they must be fully equipped with technical knowledge, skills and undying passion for their craft. Kudos to all the hardworking developers out there! Keep your mechanical keyboards down!

Being a developer, is never that easy and it will never be as “petiks” as you think.

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