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Creating an accurate formal specification is the foundation of any project. Our Fast Track service is designed to help companies define their system requirements in preparation for approaching suppliers for requesting quotes.

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Our Fast Track service is designed to help our clients with the project planning, requirements specification and validation process. We help capture the business goals and then translate them into a formal specification document that concisely defines what needs to be implemented to achieve the business vision.

The system requirements form the foundation for any IT project, therefore mistakes introduced at this early stage can be very costly to rectify during later stages of project implementation. We work closely with our clients to ensure requirements for their proposed solution are well defined and technically viable, ready for IT suppliers to easily assess and submit a tender for the proposed project.

An accurate and well structured project specification will ensure the business vision and requirements are communicated effectively, helping to reduce project risks and receive accurate cost/time quotations from your IT suppliers.

This service is very beneficial for any company in need of expert guidance and support to help accelerate the project scoping and requirements gathering process.

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At SD:UK we only recommend IT vendors that we know will uphold our reputation as a top-provider of IT services and software development.

We perform lots of background checks on all IT vendors we recommend to ensure they meet our standards. A subset of our in-depth due-dilligence checks include:

■  Feedback and endorsements from previous clients

■  Reviewing certificates and/or qualifications

■  Reviewing cyber security / data protection practices

■  Assessing vendor technical competencies for undertaking projects

■  Ensuring follow and can evidence following industry best practices

When clients outsource IT tasks to us here at SD:UK, they are putting a tremendous amount of trust in our ability to assist them in achieving quality IT results.

Carrying out these essential preliminary tests on all the IT vendors we recommend is just one of the many steps we take to assure clients that their trust is well-placed and that they can confidently rely on SD:UK to get the job done well.

As each business takes a different approach to software development and product testing, there is no set-rule to whether outsourcing is the best approach.

However, if businesses lack a technical understanding of particular areas or software development processes, they may consider outsourcing tasks in this specific domain.

Outsourcing tasks that your in-house team cannot easily manage themselves is often the best way to speed up the software development process, and keep projects within budget and time-scale (through reducing risk).

Engaging with a highly experienced team of developers (as promoted by SD:UK) to execute the software development life-cycle will ultimately create a better end product that surpasses stakeholder expectations.

The process of selecting an IT vendor always calls for an in-depth and extensive analysis of a business’ capabilities prior to selection. Typical questions you should consider asking an IT vendor include:

■ How many years of experience within the managed service business do you have?
■ What are your process and approach? (Do you take a proactive stance towards IT?)
■ How regularly do you communicate with the rest of the team?
■ How can you help with the development of the company’s life-cycle through the adoption of IT?

These conversations should hopefully open up discussions about the client’s broader and project-specific plans and services.  It should also give them a more precise idea of how an IT vendor can help the software development processes.

The SD:UK team simplifies the IT vendor selection process, because we pre-vet candidates by asking all relevant questions.

One of the best ways outsourcing can benefit a business is by massively reducing its’ operating costs. This is particularly true in periods of economic ‘slumps’ or decline.

By outsourcing specific duties, owners can find their labour costs lessen and their functionality and efficiency increase, as core team members can focus on what truly matters.

Outsourcing specific duties such as customer care or feedback management can significantly reduce your running cost, and therefore benefit your business in the long-term.

When outsourcing, it is important to have a detailed project specification listing your requirements. Management can find these requirements in a ‘feature specification document’ (FSD) which sets out all the relevant information about the businesses problems, needs, and expected results.

A detailed FSD document provides both the outsourced software development team with a straightforward guide of what project stakeholders want from their services.

Businesses should put as much detail as possible into their FSD documents for them to be successful. Part of the way that a company may set out their needs within a FSD document would be:

■ Defined the product vision, an overview of the solution to be developed.
■ Detail the “functional” requirements, explaining what the system should do.
■ Detail the “non-functional” requirements, covering system security, reliability, performance topics.

The above lists is far from comprehensive, however it does cover the main topics to be included to enable outsourced development teams to proceed with confidence.

NOTE: the FSD document (if following the widely adopted Agile software development methodology) should “not” cover all requirements. Instead the objective is to provide enough insight into the proposed project for an outsourcing company to understand the vision and begin implementing the solution.

SD:UK provide a business analysis to assist with the requirements gathering process (for more information see out “Fast Track” service).

When building an in-house team of software developers and experts, finding the right staff for each job can be time-consuming as well as costly.

Finding a skilled developer that understands your unique business goals or objectives isn’t always easy. The best developers are those that understand your specific business goals and desired end-user experiences.

If a software developer is unsure about the deliverables of a project, or who it is for, it can lead to a stop-and-start process that can considerably delay the development process.

When you outsource to us here at SD:UK, we carry the burden of finding optimal IT vendors, vetting candidates and putting forward the best team for undertaking your project.

This frees our clients from the obligation of managing the software development activities and lets them focus on the bigger picture – allowing them to achieve their goals faster, and at reduced labour costs.

The most efficient and successful software and web applications are often designed and tested by specialist software providers, as promoted by SD:UK.

This is because we bring specialised skills and resources to the team to develop a company within a particular market area.

Rather than juggling multiple software development methods and approaches, outsourcing the software development process to highly efficient and expertly qualified teams can be a great time-saver and help fulfill your business requirements faster.

Although outsourcing may not be the only way of cost-saving, it is undoubtedly one of the most effective.

This is because businesses that outsource to professional software development experts, get a fully optimised, all-inclusive, and refined customer buying experience.

We provide tailored services around our clients’ specific goals and ambitions. We help connect you with highly qualified suppliers, who have the proven ability to deliver unique and recognisable software solutions that allow you to stand out from the crowd.

When you outsource your IT design and development requirements, you automatically free-up all your internal staff from all things IT.

This allows your internal team to focus entirely on product and software development, rather than deal with things outside their areas of expertise.

Another benefit of outsourcing IT work is that IT teams that we promote, all have access to the most current, updated systems and technologies.

Having the most recent software and technologies at your disposal and software engineers with the know-how to use them, will allow businesses to create a higher-quality end-product.

A fixed-price contract is when a customer pays in advance for the design, development, testing and project management of their project in one lum-sum.

This is a popular option for smaller plans and developments where the customer’s requirements are clear and defined.

Time and materials contracts, or Cost-Plus contracts, are when a project’s price is determined after it has is completed.

Cost-Plus contracts are typically used for software development projects whereby the owner is uncertain of the system requirements, because the project is evolving.

Most software development projects adopt the time and material approach, because the majority of projects are developed using the Agile methodology (which is an evolutionary design process).

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