Best Software Product Engineering Facts
The core purpose of software product engineering is to develop an efficient software products with stringent considerations on usage, market, technical, economic and ecological performances.
Software products have become very important – making it a little hard to imagine a day without engaging the use of these products as they power most of our day to day activities including all kinds of computing operations from basic calculations to complicated processes such as data analysis, search processes, hysperscale data management, simulations and lots more, not leaving out social interaction and entertainment operations. Software products are not only thriving in the regular computer systems (PCs or Servers) but also in single-purposed hardware products such as printers, TVs, videogame consoles, voting machine, among others. To ensure the proper functioning of these products (hardware and software), the software product or component engineering must be done right.
Software Versus Software Product
By definition, a software is any set of instructions that directs a computer processor (hardware) to perform specific operations. However, a software product is any software that has a user.
By implication, not all software can be considered a software product, because there are software that doesn’t have any direct users. Such software includes those that interface with other software. Examples include:
- Hardware drivers
- Compatibility layer
A high-quality software product can only be achieve by a studious software product engineering which does not only improves the quality of the end product but also the overall software engineering process.
Types of Software Product
Software products can be categorized in different ways:
- According to the way the software is delivered: including online, offline and embedded software products.
- According to what it does: education, communication, including e-mail, e-commerce, payment, e-mail marketing, content management, entertaining, operational system software products, etc.
- According to Users: including end user customers, companies and mixed users (end customers and companies) software products.
What is Software Product Engineering?
Software Product Engineering involves all stages of product creation: design, development, testing, and deploying, with a goal that goes beyond just delivering the final product but ensuring the functionality of the product and that it satisfies the needs of its end-user.
Stages of Software Product Engineering
- Product Requirement Definition:
This is one of the basic steps of software product engineering, where all functions, features and behaviors that software product should possess will be properly identify and define. User requirements are gathered from users and described by the analyst with a customer point of view. This stage must be taken seriously because it will determine how the product outcome will be.
- Design Architecture Building:
This is a process of defining the collection of hardware and software components and their interfaces needed in a bit to establish the framework for the development of the software product. Every proposed software needs the architectural design to represents the design of the software.
- Development and coding:
This is the longest phase of every software product engineering as it’s the backbone of the whole process. The development stage is all about translating software product design documentation into the actual software through code writing. Developers must make sure the writing codes meets the software requirements specifications while conforming to the stakeholders’ requirements.
After the development of any software product, it must be tested to ensure the product is error free and that it matches expected requirements. This testing includes performance, integration, functional, non-functional, quality assurance among others, each with its own importance. The purpose of software testing is to identify errors, gaps or missing requirements in contrast to actual requirements.
This stage of every software product engineering involves all of the steps, processes, and activities that are required to make a software product available to its intended users. Software product deployment include software release, installation, testing and performance monitoring.
Characteristics of Well-Engineered Software Product
A well-engineered Software product should display unique characteristics which are different from the services which the products are expected to provide. These features relates to the products dynamic behavior displayed when it is installed and put in use.
A well-engineered software product characteristics include but not limited to the list below:
- In time
- Within Budget
However, the relative importance of these characteristics varies from one software product to another and the understanding of this puts Podtech software product engineering team at the top of the UK market.