Approach to software development | Channel Digital

Approach to Development

There are a variety of ways in which you can approach an IT or web development project.  There isn't always a right or wrong answer - often it is about working with you to select the approach which will bring you the best results.  To summarise our approach:

  1. If there is a pre-existing data integration or solution we would consider that first, as it should allow you the greatest range of functionality at an off-the-shelf price.  Sometimes you can purchase and implement an existing solution very quickly and cost effectively.
  2. Should the ideal off-the-shelf solutions not exist you have other options.  Where a similar solution exists in OpenSource we may be able to modify and adapt, retaining some of the advantages of the existing code base, but adding in the exact features that you require.
  3. The next option is custom development.  We are happy to specify and build a full bespoke solution if that is the best way for you, and we have significant long standing expertise in this area.
  4. In some cases a third party developer has a skill-set or product-set that will be better suited to your requirement.  In that event we can assist with requirement analysis, vendor selection, client side project management, and help you manage the solution through to completion. Again our approach is flexible, we aim to fit in with your existing skill-set and the vendors available, to help you come up with the correct overall solution.

Business Systems Services

  • DatabasesThe key to a good database is the initial process for defining and understanding the business drivers behind it - why it is needed and what it is required to do.  Other things to consider at an early stage include:

    • the nature of the database's contents
    • how content will be added
    • how content will be retrieved
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  • Channel's team have developed integrations with the most popular accounting packages including Quick Books and Sage.  This integration is a classic example of how you use IT technology to drive cost out of your business by removing duplication.  Don't pay your team to do the work over and over again, use an IT system to automate this process.

    Examples of Accounts integrations that can be undertaken:

    • Importing sales data into accounts system from your e-commerce shopping cart
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  • Project Management with Channel can take a variety of forms.

    Waterfall

    With experienced project managers we often use the traditional waterfall PM model, where the specification is agreed at the start of the project, and any changes to the scope are managed and discussed as the project evolves.

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  • There are a variety of ways in which you can approach an IT or web development project.  There isn't always a right or wrong answer - often it is about working with you to select the approach which will bring you the best results.  To summarise our approach:

    1. If there is a pre-existing data integration or solution we would consider that first, as it should allow you the greatest range of functionality at an off-the-shelf price.  Sometimes you can purchase and implement an existing solution very quickly and cost effectively.
    2. Read more...

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