What Does Any Custom Software Development Company Have to Know About SaaS Projects?

There are some factors that affect the core architecture choice of the SaaS platform. Learn what you should pay attention to developing such business idea.

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Since cloud services becoming very popular in recent years, many companies of all sizes are looking into SaaS project development for either an external market or internal usage to streamline operations within the company. Nevertheless, a few potential SaaS project developers understand a unique set of challenges with SaaS solutions development. The easiest way to get the main idea of how SaaS development works - is to study the model of the SaaS development lifecycle.

Needed design components of the SaaS platform

The cloud industry has very high expectations for provided services. There is an extensive number of standard design elements that each SaaS project is relied upon to have. These elements must be considered from the beginning of the SaaS development lifecycle and should eventually be implemented in the final product:

  • Security of customer data
  • Multi-tenancy
  • Scalability of resources
  • Discoverability
  • Reachability to all potential customers
  • Customization
  • Customer support
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By gathering all the previously mentioned components, you can create a SaaS platform that meets all the necessary industry standards.  

 

SaaS development methodology

When it comes to SaaS development lifecycle methodologies, Agile, again, currently is the most popular and widely used one. However, the methodology used can change depending on what best reflects the project's particular requirements. Here are several examples of often-used software development methodologies:

  • Iterative – project is developed on a smaller scale and then grows through several iterations
  • Rapid application development – emphasis on prototyping versus planning to speed up the development process
  • Spiral – project is divided into cycles, with a development model for each cycle chosen based on immediate risks at hand
  • Waterfall – development irreversibly continues through several sequential phases with an emphasis on planning and scheduling

The envisioning phase for the SaaS project

This phase supposes the creation and validation from a business standpoint. The only difference lies with the fact that accents are shifted from marketing that is easier and less restricted for a SaaS platform to the actual implementation of the service, which can be more complicated than that of traditional software.

Saas platform evaluation phase

Considering the capabilities and architecture of the cloud service, the requirements for cloud infrastructure should be clearly defined. Different cloud service providers should be compared and evaluated for a consumer-oriented product. Fields such as performance, scalability, security and privacy, reliability and disaster recovery should be examined. The platform should provide a high level of support and the right management tools to ensure continuous operations and successful implementation of all planned features.

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Planning

Here, we don’t need too many words to explain the necessity of this phase. It should be repeated for each iteration of the project and should be the first phase of every iteration. When planning, you need to focus on a long-term ultimate vision of the project and much more detailed requirements for the current iteration.

Subscribing

At this phase, all the major decisions regarding architecture and pricing should be finalized. Close cooperation with a selected cloud provider finally leads to a product subscription at this stage. You would also need to formulate a backup and disaster recovery strategy to ensure your service's high availability. During each iteration, the subscription can be revised to ensure that the selected cloud provider and chosen level of service best reflects all the necessary requirements of the project.

Saas project testing

In SaaS projects, software testing is an important part, considering that extra support calls and tickets post-launch can ramp up the operation costs of the service. Therefore, it is important to conduct testing at every stage of software development. Rigorous load and performance testing should also be performed, considering that SaaS platforms usually operate under heavy workloads.

Final preparations

Before starting, your service should be deployed and maintained. Begin with finalizing the support plan and training human resources. Disaster recovery and backup testing should also be conducted to give you a clear understanding of how to ensure service availability in case of a disaster.

There are numerous software development strategies for building a SaaS project. We have tried to give you a general overview of the typical SaaS development lifecycle process, highlighting the phases distinguishing SaaS solutions building from all the others. We would be glad if this knowledge would help you to effectively manage product development of your own SaaS business.

Best regards,
Your Ardas Team
 

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