Step 2: Design

The design stage deals with the layout of the more intricate parts of the program. In this stage, we begin by establishing the user interface, appearance of the project, and various other areas related to the user’s interaction with the system. We also calculate performance variables like response time and optimize the design for reliability, determine the flexibility of the end product, and establish what we need to do to ensure that the software maintains optimal functionality while still being scalable and adaptable to any future needs your business may have.

Once these core areas have been defined, we move on to diagramming the architecture of the system: what the definitions of each piece should be, and how those pieces will combine and interact to create a fully functioning system. Along with the overall layout come applicable diagrams for data handling, detailed layout, database design, and any other necessary items for clarifying the shape of the project. The initial wireframe will also be constructed at this space, as will necessary relational diagrams, all created in collaboration between you and the design team to ensure that all the information is correct and in line with the project requirements and any existing legacy systems. We’ll also establish specifications for the system at this time. Once all the documents are complete and up to standards, we’re ready to move on to the most time-consuming area of software creation: the build/development stage.

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