Ever wonder how software is built and upgraded? Software goes through a cycle from the idea stages until it goes to market. Here is a basic breakdown of how software is built and upgraded.
Why Build Software
Software manufacturers build software for the same reason most businesses are started, there’s a problem that needs to be solved. Most people and business owners are included in this believe that their problems are unique to them. They aren’t. What ever business problem you’re facing somewhere along the line so did another business owner. Creating a solution will inevitably solve your problem and invariably someone else’s.
Analyzing the Market
Before you start speaking with coders or coding yourself you need to do some research and make sure there’s a market for your software. The easiest place to do that is online. Check in on forums and social media and wherever your potential client might hang out. The best source for feedback is your customer, it’s pretty easy to sell something to someone when they already know they need it.
Writing the Code
This is the longest, most difficult and the most frustrating part of the project, especially if you’re the guy writing the code. For argument’s sake, let’s assume you have to outsource your project to get your software developed. If you don’t know any software developers then try a site like Upwork, or Freelancer to find a developer to get your project started.
The next stage consists of someone sitting down and actually writing the code, for big projects like a new version of Windows or one of the many Microsoft projects there are hundreds of people writing code. The code is then compiled and tested to make sure the software works. It is run through every possible simulation that you can think of to make sure it works and all the bugs have been worked out. There will be bugs!
Now depending on whether you have decided to protect this software or you have opted for an open source project. If you have decided to make your software proprietary then you need to make sure that you have taken steps to protect it. The team you put together to create the software for you should be able to help you with this. Here is a video showing exactly how software is developed.
Taking it to Market
Once the software has been developed and it is ready to be sold, then it is time to start marketing. Marketing software means customer support, getting testimonials from customers and educating your customers on how to use it. Systemize the process as much as possible, create checklists and how to videos making the process as user friendly as possible.
Updates in the Future
Every piece of software ever created gets updated from time to time. You will find bugs that you didn’t see in development, there will be security issues that need to be fixed and there will be features that you want added down the road. All of this is inevitable and every software company experiences this. This is your baby you’ll want to watch it grow.