Research shows that organizations allocate 57% of their IT focus to software development. 

With so much time and energy dedicated to the activity, organizations must follow enterprise software development best practices to ensure effective use of budgets.

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Most such best practices come down to creating efficient CI/CD pipelines, but there’s more to it than that. The objective is to create an ongoing, iterative system that combines every developer’s working code in a shared repository (CI), ensuring easy release, even with consistent changes (CD).

As soon as CD and CI get integrated, the pipeline becomes a deployable unit path. Code changes that are committed to shared repositories activate pipelines. That said, what does an enterprise software development cycle involve?

What is an Enterprise Software Development Life Cycle?

An enterprise software development life cycle (SDLC) is the various phases a software has to pass through during development. The life cycle usually consists of 6 phases:

  • Gathering requirements and analysis
  • System and software design
  • Implementation of design and coding
  • Testing
  • Software deployment
  • Maintenance

These phases are crucial to ensure your software gets deployed only when it’s “set/ready,” which means there aren’t known vulnerabilities or bugs, and it performs efficiently.

Here are 6 best practices for enterprise software development to ensure your software hits the mark.

1. Collaboration is Key

Enterprise software development involves different departments. Therefore, the collaboration between each team is essential. Ensure all stakeholders are on the same page for seamless coordination and to eliminate conflict between teams.

2. Minimize Configuration Misalignments Across Locations and Departments

Normally, developers’ environment servers should have uniform configurations. But as features are added, changes are constantly made to software and hardware infrastructures. This causes environments to have non-uniform infrastructures.

That said, ignoring configuration drift results in several consequences, which include security outages and security breaches. Configuration drift can also result in poor user experience and zero visibility into the outcome of the changes.

The solution to this is to use tools that ensure applications run smoothly by reducing configuration drift. Such tools work by monitoring servers for configuration changes and then reporting configuration drifts. They also allow you to automatically schedule remediation and configuration changes when required.

3. Ensure Load Balancing

Companies must load balance to ensure server uptime. Modern-day enterprise applications need to be designed for high volume traffic, handling millions of simultaneous requests seamlessly.

To effectively handle such requests while taking costs into account, best practices necessitate adding more servers.

Load balancing ensures that your servers do what they’re intended to do, routing client requests while increasing capacity and speed as needed, making sure that no single server gets overworked.

Load balancing efficiently distributes network traffic influxes across many backend servers. As new servers get added to a system, the load balancer automatically sends requests to the servers.

4. Automate All Software Testing Phases

Software testing is an important aspect of the software development process.

There are numerous kinds of testing, but 5 major categories of testing can be easily automated. Let’s go through a brief run-down:

Integration Test

Integration tests certify that the changes developers make to the code are properly integrated into the main application and are set for the next test phase. This test presents the opportunity to locate bugs and issues as well as implement fixes early on.

Functional Test

This test determines the quality of your software by ensuring that all the required features satisfy formal test scripts. Once the test is done, the results will be compared to the pre-defined expectations of the environment.

If you neglect this kind of testing, you won’t be able to identify glitches in functionality until the software is deployed.

Acceptance Test

The acceptance test validates that the software meets the needs of end-users. In an automated test, you can test the software in two ways. The first way is the ideal situation where the end-user does everything right and the software works correctly. In the other aspect of the test, you might introduce an error. For instance, the end-user does not fill in a required field in a form.

The acceptance test then reveals how your software would work under such circumstances and how to keep the software running smoothly in the less-than-ideal situation.

Quality Test

The quality test is done to ensure that every non-functional requirement is satisfied. A non-functional test aims to boost usability, product maintainability, and reliability. The quality test looks at how the system works rather than the overall behavior of the software.

Staging Test

This is the last test and should be done only once the software is set for deployment. The staging test verifies that the software is ready to be deployed to an environment equal to the production environment.

Understanding the different requirements of every stage allows you to create an effective and seamless testing plan.

5. Maintain Compliance Through the Entire Process

Compliance must be a priority throughout your enterprise software development process/life-cycle.

The last thing you want is for your code elements to cause non-compliance. Though compliance issues are frustrating and time-consuming, neglecting them will lead to terrible consequences as organizations can be held legally accountable for non-compliant information assets, which can lead to fines and a tarnished brand reputation.

KloudGaze’s Kompliance Studio can solve this, The solution highlights business portfolios, databases, and applications that are in non-compliance, automatically pinpointing and fixing non-compliance in real-time to reduce the risk of expensive legal actions and fines.

6. Ensure Version Control

To ensure all your developers are working on the right version of a build, implementing version control is necessary.

Version control involves recording the changes made to a set of files, or an individual file, over time in order to access previous versions later on if needed.

How Does KloudGaze Assist You with Enterprise Software Development Process Best Practices?

KloudGaze offers the industry’s first comprehensive, automated change assessment and application dependency mapping platform.

With KloudGaze, you can automatically map every database and application in your enterprise and create a powerful dependency map with smart APIs, even at the code level.

Organizations gain access to an unprecedented level of detail into the enterprise software development life cycle with KloudGaze.

KloudGaze reveals the total picture of how thousands of application databases and the millions/billions of lines of code beneath them interact, mapping dependencies among them and providing insight into how changing a single line of code will impact your enterprise.

Find out more by requesting a free trial of our platform. If you have additional questions on how KloudGaze can help your enterprise development process, contact us here.

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