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Software supply chain

Create value with an optimized software supply chain

Begin your journey towards successful software delivery

The frantic pace of change, driven by mobile, cloud and the rise of the consumer, is introducing new levels of complexity to the software industry and forces organizations into more fragmented ways of working. Today's development managers are subjected to constant change that they cannot control, yet must manage, and are responsible for delivering the applications their customers need at an unprecedented scale and pace. To stay relevant and meet customer demand in the face of constant change requires a truly optimized approach.

The majority of organizations are turning to application outsourcers as they seek faster turnarounds, better economies of scale and access to new skills. This has a major impact on the way organizations are designing and managing work, and also in the way that they are planning and executing activities.

Active collaboration between an organization and its service providers is paramount to the success of any outsourced arrangement. To ensure that the original intentions and business case are achieved, the end client must be able to fully realize and validate the solution specification. They must be able to ensure that the solution is fully functional, but also that it performs to their satisfaction.

Successful software development teams are going back to basics and reviewing hard lessons from other industries. Ultimately, their efforts focus on creating a 'software supply chain' delivery process built upon 3 key elements: precision, validation and control.

  • Precision - Overcome the inconsistencies between what's needed and what's finally delivered. Implement a specification for the whole team to reference, which embraces change from the outset.
    Learn how Agile requirements management enables you to align requirements with business needs to bring precision to your software delivery.
  • Validation - Have the ability to compare quality-tested components to the original business specification, which minimizes rework and stakeholder dissatisfaction. Test early, include more stakeholders, and maximize productive development.
    Learn how Test Management helps you to prioritize testing according to your business needs for faster delivery.
  • Control - Remove change control issues that cause missed deadlines, slipped customer commitments and reputational risk. Empower productivity and visibility across global teams and partners.
    Learn how Software Configuration and Change Management enables you to gain full control across your entire software development process.

To survive the fast pace of highly competitive markets, organizations need to deliver more software, faster. We enable you to transform traditional software development tools and processes to create an optimized software supply chain, giving its customers a unique competitive advantage.

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Key elements for success

Why is precision important?


To deliver high quality software that has a strong potential for creating strategic market value, you must apply precision from the start. This involves clearly and succinctly capturing market needs in a set of actionable requirements.

Without capturing requirements precisely, a software project won’t be able to deliver software that addresses the needs of your customer. Even small imprecisions in the requirements need to be corrected to keep your software project on the right track. It's essential that your software meets your customers' needs or market opportunity which it’s intended to address.

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Why is validation important?


Validating software through testing is the only way for delivery teams and business stakeholders to determine if their software delivers exactly what the customer wants. Effective validation is based on 2 points: a strong, measurable definition of quality and alignment back to a testable set of requirements.

Without this foundation for objective validation, delivery teams and business stakeholders have no way of knowing if the software they are about to release will actually meet customer needs and generate value in the market.

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Why is control important?


As software development scales across multiple teams and projects, maintaining control and visibility over the software delivery process becomes more important as well as more challenging. Effective change and configuration management results in an error-free and more predictable software delivery. It eliminates re-work and the need to deal with regulatory issues and general business risks, which means your customers are happier.

Without effective control, your agility is completely lost. To gain agility, you must be able to learn through fast feedback, adapt plans, and make late stage decisions. Through gaining control, visibility, and efficiency throughout your entire software supply chain, your software - and your business - have the best chance of success.

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