The increasing dependence of businesses on software has opened the doors to a million different software solution companies offering a million different kind of products. But there is an underlying set of phases that unify the development of all kinds of software. These steps collectively form a process called the software development lifecycle. The methodologies employed within the phases of the SDLC can vary but the basic essence of each step remains the same.
Broadly speaking there are six steps to developing a reliable and productive software; Requirement Analysis, Design, Implementation, Testing, Deployment and Maintenance.
MetaDesign Solutions goes beyond the norm to achieve perfection in each of these stages by splits them up into further sub phases thus bringing about a greater level of detail and perfection to the finished product. We follow the SDLC in a manner that ensures that the outputs of previous stages add value to the next stage and are also easy to trace back to the previous stage in case of discrepancies.
This is the first phase of the SDLC where the focus is on collecting worthwhile business requirements. To compare this with a real life scenario, imagine what the first phase of constructing a house would be like. The builder, architect and house owner would together discuss and finalize on details like the living room size, number of windows, position of doors, type of ceiling etc. All parties would have to reach a trade off point where the requirements and abilities balance each other. Similarly, the requirement gathering and analysis phase of the SDLC entails a meeting between the managers, analysts and other stakeholders. Lot of questions are asked and a myriad investigations are carried out to arrive at concrete requirements. These requirements form the Requirement Specification Document which is the input for the next level.
In the Design phase, the system architecture is defined. Much like drawing up the blueprint of a house before starting with the actual construction, in this stage the requirements are converted into pseudocode. A pseudocode is a set of logical steps (algorithm) if and when followed followed by a programmer can be translated line by line into a language specific program. Designers generally use pictoral representation of the steps called flowcharts to come up with algorithms which ultimately dictate the system design specifications.
The actual putting together of brick and mortar is the most time consuming part of building a house. At the same time it also defines how the house will actually come out to be. The implementation phase of the SDLC is also the longest stage of the SDLC. Any error in coding or flaw in coding methodology will lead to a faulty program which would in turn mandate debugging and reprogramming. Work here is divided into modules and sprints to set milestones and achieve targets.
It is in this stage that errors in the program are detected. There are a number of ways in which a program could be checked for snags. There is unit testing, integration testing, system testing, acceptance testing and many more forms of testing that ensure a tough and robust program is ready for execution.
Once the program has been verified and passed clear of any defects, it is ready to be released to the end user. In this stage of the SDLC, the software program or application is installed on the live environment for the customers’ use.
After successful deployment of the program, when the customers actually start using it there maybe live issues or defects that need to be fixed on an ad-hoc basis. This forms the maintenance stage, akin to the maintenance demands of a house which crop up once it has actually been occupied. This final stage of the SDLC makes sure that the program is running as intended.
We understand the value of this age old adage and have built a work culture that celebrates change, intended or otherwise. To keep up with the ever evolving trends we deem it necessary to introduce modifications to the work culture and also welcome changes brought about by the addition of new members to the MetaDesign family. Afterall it is the values and practices of the members of a company that define the work culture.
Our carefully hand picked employees strive to deliver something innovative with each endeavour. Innovation can be achieved only with effective interaction among team members across all levels of hierarchy. We strongly encourage communication through discussions, analyses and feedbacks. Every member brings to the table his or her own set of ideas, all of which are equally important contributors towards the creation of something new.
We believe in giving our ambitious employees the kind of work that they love and enjoy doing. At the same time we adhere to respectable work ethics and industry best standards. We reap the rewards what we sow by retaining the best of what we have and recruiting enthusiasts who show promise. By constantly working on a steady expansion of our knowledge base and skill set, we ensure that company mission is never let out of sight.
At MetaDesign Solutions, we go that extra mile to make our customers smile. We offer a variety of models that help our clients understand how we work. Our skilled manpower backed with cutting edge infrastructure is committed to delivering definite business benefits. This forms our basic business model. Another important branch of the models we offer are the flexible billing models that take care of the financial constraints of our clients.
“Our development experience with MetaDesign Solutions has been fantastic. They have adapted flexibly to our needs. When we needed to take our project into a different direction they changed gears and moved into the direction we needed to go… “
Raffael Jacoby, Co-Founder,