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The special requirements for Enterprise software

June 02, 2019

Enterprise software projects have particularly high requirements because a large number of employees and departments work with the platforms and business-critical processes are affected.
We provide an overview of the technical and methodical requirements for Enterprise software and projects.

Definition Enterprise Projects

Enterprise projects are defined as extensive projects of large companies that require a great deal of effort, a complex structure, as well as a large number of business areas and critical business processes. In particular, they require technical expertise in the areas of IT infrastructure, scalability, performance and security, as well as methodological competence and experience in digitalization and fostering a culture of change.

Enterprise software is used to improve internal corporate processes and workflows. Many processes can be automated, made significantly faster and more cost-effective through digitalization. Enterprise software supports a wide range of departments of companies and supplies them with relevant information through numerous features.

Enterprise Project Challenges

Technical Requirements

  • High user demands regarding IT and web applications by customers, partners, stakeholders and employees
  • Future-proof solution must be capable of long-term performance
  • Powerful & scalable Software designed for high availability and peak loads
  • High Security must be in line with security and compliance guidelines of the company
  • Resources and technical Know-how of the IT department or the IT service provider

Methodological Requirements

  • Culture & Mindset of the company and employees must be ready for digitalization
  • Digitalization and Automation of different functions and processes through web platforms
  • Methodological Competence for implementation, e.g. Scrum, Kanban, Lean Management and Design Thinking
  • Change Management Competence for successfully introducing and establishing new structures
  • Internationality of the project, taking cultural differences and regional circumstances into consideration

Technical Requirements: Enterprise Software must...

1. fit into the infrastructure

Compatibility with and connectivity to IT and Software of the company

2. be powerful

High-performance, scalable software, capable of performing at high loads

3. function permanently

Long-term reliability, stability, security and software quality

Compatibility & Adaptability

Prerequisite for powerful Enterprise software is that it is compatible with the IT infrastructure of the company. IT infrastructures usually consist of a pool of standalone solutions, which are operated independently of each other.
Through the interconnection of internal solutions, companies benefit through perfectly coordinated systems, which communicate in an optimal manner with one another and thus reduce complexity.

  • Open Standards & Transparency
  • Software Compatibility
  • IT and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Complexity
  • Long-term Software Quality

Enterprise Performance

  • Performance & Scalability
  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Cloud Hosting & Storage
  • Quality Assurance & Testing
  • Software Architecture

Enterprise Software places particularly high demands on performance and scalability. For this, an appropriate infrastructure is required, including soft- and hardware, software architecture, testing and cloud services.

A critical factor in performance optimization is software optimization during traffic peaks. However, 44% of all companies fail to carry out tests that simulate software behavior in such cases.

Long-term & Future-proof Solution

Enterprise Software must work continuously at a consistently high level of quality and performance. In oder to ensure the highest possible level of reliability and error-free operations, the software must be designed for highest availability and load peaks.
Security for data and systems, monitoring and support are further prerequisites for Enterprise software.

  • Security
  • Error-free Operations
  • Optimization & Continued Development
  • Monitoring & Support
Daniel Pötzinger

Daniel Pötzinger

A powerful, flexible IT, scalable in the long term, is the basis for future-proof, high-quality applications. Technical know-how alone is not enough, however, as methodological and cultural expertise must also be anchored in the company.

Culture of Change & Methods

Enterprise projects are about business-critical processes and applications that affect a large part of the company and employees. In addition to outstanding technical expertise, methodological competence and experience with change toward digitalization of organizations are especially important prerequisites for development in complex systems.

Culture of Change

When implementing Enterprise software projects, structures in the company are redesigned, digitalized and automated. Accordingly, employees must be actively involved in the change process so that the altered processes and structures can be anchored in the corporate culture. In order to successfully structure the digital transformation of organizations, you need a clear strategy and must meet a number of requirements to develop and implement new digital business models.

Methodological Competence

In addition to technical competence, methodological competencies and Enterprise project experience are essential for complex developments projects in dynamic systems. At the beginning of the project, it isn’t possible to predict all project details reliably, since many requirements are still unknown and change during development. In complex projects, an iterative approach and flexible reaction to change is therefore crucial. Agile methods allow for early results and take changes into account from the outset.

The Top 5 Causes of Project Failures ...and how Agile Methods respond to them:

  1. Lack of Communications
    Customer is active part of the project team, daily face-to-face communications between Dev Team and customers, creating regular bilateral feedback and adjustment options
  2. Insufficient Preparation and Planning
    Joint creation of a product vision with the customer, prioritizing and dividing the requirements into subtasks, flexible iterative development of subtasks in short cycles
  3. Uncertainties about Requirements and Objectives
    Release of functional software at the end of the sprint with the option to adjust requirements at any time, including late in development
  4. Assumptions too optimistic and Deadline Pressure
    Firm commitment to the development of all core elements at the completion date, processing of variable elements according to agreement and scope, effort assessment of all tasks by the development team
  5. Rigid Organization, Changes in the Market or in the Company
    Flexibility and short reaction times to change, possible in later development stages as well, visible progress in the project and functional software elements, which are easier to evaluate and adapt

AOE: Agile Enterprise Service Provider

AOE is an agile IT service provider specialized in complex Enterprise projects. In order to meet the requirements of Enterprise projects, we use agile methods to create optimal conditions for delivering functional software at the earliest possible date and to able to react quickly and flexible to changes. With our Team & Method Approach we achieve above-average results and excellent customer satisfaction in collaboration with our clients.