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Business Aligned Software
Software that delivers what the business needs and only what it needs.
Business Process Improvement
(BPI) can be described as the analysis and re-design of existing processes to deliver breakthrough improvements in business performance. Within the BPI space, there has been an ongoing quest to achieve Business/IT Alignment, however, given that all business function delivered by IT is ultimately delivered via software, alignment between an individual business and its supporting information technology is ultimately dependent on the implementation of Business Aligned Software .
In order to align software performance with business needs, all business and IT stakeholders must agree a specification of functional requirements. The specification must be able to be understood by all parties and should be accessible by all parties over the lifetime of the system. Further, all parties must be certain that the specification document is always consistent with the current executable software system. Historically, there has been no way of doing this and, therefore, no way of delivering Business Aligned Software. SoftwareServant and the Specification-Only method tie business requirements directly to the executable systems to deliver genuine Business Aligned Software.
The business benefits
of Business/IT Alignment are self-evident and well-documented. Extensive information can be readily accessed by entering "Business IT Alignment" into any of the popular internet search engines. However, given that all business function delivered by IT is ultimately delivered via software, alignment between an individual business and its supporting information technology is dependent on the implementation of Business Aligned Software. The methods and tools that are required to deliver Business Aligned Software also deliver three significant further benefits as a necessary by-product:
of both new systems and changes to existing systems. Once the specification has been agreed, it can be ready for execution without any further software development.
of implementation and maintenance of software systems. Once the specification has been agreed, it can be ready for execution without any further software development.
Ongoing cost savings
. Over time, all software systems can be moved to the Business Aligned Software paradigm. Annual cost savings increase exponentially as dependencies on traditional in-house development resources, multiple external consultants and software infrastructure islands are removed.
A Path to Business Aligned Software
You can satisfy a real business need and make immediate cost savings from your first Business Aligned Software project. Choose a suitable Proof-Of-Concept project (a project that delivers real business value and can be delivered within a three month period is preferable). Partner with the SoftwareServant services organisation to conduct this first project or use SoftwareServant methods and tools to do it yourself; the underlying processes are familiar and the new toolset is approachable:
1. Choose your Business Aligned Software leader.
Credibility within your organisation, IT system/data design skills and project implementation experience are important. Programming skills are not. important.
2. Do the training.
Free self-paced introductory training course material can be downloaded from this site. On-site training and mentoring are also available.
See the Our Services page for more information.
3. Conduct and evaluate the Proof-Of-Concept project
A useful approach for comparative evaluation is to develop the specification and then request bids to build the system from in-house and/or third-party software development shops. This will give you some measure of minimum and immediate cost savings delivered from your first SoftwareServant project..
5. Plan a wider implementation strategy
The propagation of the SoftwareServant across an organisation can greatly simplify the maintenance and management of application software systems and provide exponential increases in business effectiveness and cost savings. More information is available from the Cost Savings page and the SoftwareServant
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