Increasing your Speed to Market - Agile Delivery & More

Ostia blog Speed2Market

Delivery of an application to market in a timely fashion is essential. The concept of timely has now gone from months or years to literally delivering an application within weeks of requirements being identified.

The pace of change is so great that unless this level of delivery can be achieved, it’s likely that opportunity will be missed if delivery is slow or, possibly worse, that another organization achieves first mover advantage and thus eats up the opportunity.

Ostia help increase your speed to market by enabling agile delivery of your applications while reducing risk along the way ( more of which will be covered in an upcoming blog )

Agile delivery

Agile delivery is required to ensure that fit for purpose applications are delivered to customers quickly and efficiently.

There is a belief that the development of applications is the time consuming piece, however, this is not the case. In the vast majority of cases, the collection of the requirements and then the testing of the implementation of those requirements by developers make up the vast bulk of most projects.

Once delivered, another major time consuming factor is to ensure that when changes are made, functionality is not lost and other parts of the application are not broken.

By improving your prototyping capability, it significantly reduces the time taken to quantify requirements ensuring that you or your customer gets what they want as reducing the time spent during testing ensures that applications can be delivered initially more quickly and safely updated more often.

Research, development and testing processes were and are often totally separate departments with different interfaces between them which creates overhead and confusion between the teams.

Ostia reduces the overhead and confusion by enabling the creation of an environment from day one at the prototyping stage which can then be used to improve the development and testing processes into the future, automating and improving significantly all of the processes between the research, development and testing groups thus improving the agility of all of these teams.

Benefits of automated process

    • By automating many of the processes between these teams, the potential for human error is removed and unlike humans, automated processes can run 24/7 365 days per year. This leads to a massive boost in the amount of testing that can be done while ensuring that problems with any application change can be picked up immediately.

    • These automated processes can not only improve collaboration between teams within an organization, they can also be used to improve collaboration between on site and off site teams and even with off shore teams where much development takes place today.

    • A key benefit to automating the processes is that it means that any process is infinitely repeatable. This is key once the first version of an application is delivered, to ensure that following changes, that all existing functionality continues to work as it did from day one, and ensuring that all new functionality also performs based on the requirements that generated the need for the change.

    • The automation of processes within a single application development project also has significant advantages for other projects. Rarely are applications so standalone that all components of the application have no relationship with other applications. This means that any automated process built for the development of a given application can be reused for other application development projects thus ensuring continuous and cumulative value from these efforts.

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