Enterprise software, sometimes called business software, is computer applications typically designed for use by an enterprise rather than individual consumers. Such enterprises include
financial institutions, educational institutions, medical institutions, trade and industry, private clubs, nonprofit groups, and even government agencies. Most enterprise software is based on large, commercially available database management systems, although many applications are designed for use by small enterprises. This article explores the uses and differences between business software intended for the general public.
Most enterprise software is designed for the purpose of meeting the needs of one or more customers. This means that it should provide a service that the enterprise is looking for and not
just a solution to an individual need. For example, some software is designed to help a doctor analyze data from X-rays and interpret those results for patients. Other applications are intended
for lawyers reviewing cases or for accountants preparing financial statements for an individual. A company’s enterprise software development strategy is often designed by consulting with a
team of professionals who specialize in these types of applications. They work to ensure that the application is scalable, secure, extensible, and easy to install and modify. The primary objective
of the development process is to produce an efficient business application that will meet the needs and requirements of the company’s current and potential clients. In addition to the
technical side of the project, the consultants also conduct research on the customer needs and preferences.
The software design process varies depending on the type of application being developed. In some cases, the development team may be required to develop a prototype before the actual
application is produced. A prototype will contain both the expected functionality and a series of user scenarios that will help the software developer to determine the optimum balance of functionality and usability. The designer of the application must make sure that the software application is compatible with the operating system of the host computers and that the
application is easy to use for the majority of users. The availability of the application is very important. Many companies are able to distribute the software on CD ROM or a server so that it can be accessed by a wide variety of users with a basic understanding of computer technology. However, for larger applications there may be a need to develop an in-house team to manage the software distribution. This team should consist of a qualified person or persons with expertise in the design, programming, development, and maintenance of the software.
It is important to have several teams working on different parts of the application at the same time. The team that develops the application will have different areas of responsibility including
the requirements analysis, implementation, usability testing, and user interface and deployment. Each team should have a separate lead person for customer support. The implementation group
will be responsible for implementing the software into production using production processes. After the application is approved for production, the customer support group will continue to monitor its performance. They will perform the testing for security, performance, and reliability and will provide a level of customer support needed to ensure that the application meets its intended business objectives. After the application is approved for release to a customer, the team that developed it will continue to update the documentation and other aspects of the product, as necessary.
The Enterprise Software Development Processes Vary according to the business model of the organization. Some software systems are designed to be implemented by just one team while others are designed for a multi-tier architecture. In many cases, the development process is done by a single team. This type of system has more advantages over multi-tiered development than a multi-tiered one, because one team can implement the program using multiple operating systems. This is because all of the applications that are written for the same system will run on the same operating system.