Versatility and Agile Development

Versatility is a difficult topic in the software development world. The nature of software development means that every feature or piece of functionality must be planned and coded into the application (either directly or indirectly by including other ready-made solutions.) In the business world, however, requirements are not always so clear-cut and defined. Business needs constantly evolve, and software solutions are expected to keep pace with the business. All too often, however, business software projects are unable to keep pace with the underlying industry trends and thus only fulfill a portion of the current business requirements.

E.A.S. strives to provide the absolute maximum amount of versatility to its clients. To start, E.A.S.'s Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) begins with an analysis and familiarization of the client's business environment and needs prior to planning out the specific software project. This helps E.A.S.'s staff stay "in the loop" about how the future could impact the client's software needs. This awareness then continues throughout the actual software development process. For example, when a completed module or component is reviewed by a project manager, one of the points that the manager is paying attention to is the re-usability and expandability of that module. If the module is too tightly coupled with some other dependency (and thus closes off future re-usability opportunities), or limits possible future expandability, the module will be re-worked until it offers the maximum amount of versatility -- even if the client would only benefit from this versatility in future iterations.

Overall, E.A.S.'s attitude of emphasizing versatility ensures that when the client's business needs evolve, the software can quickly adapt to stay ahead of the curve and continue to provide the client a generous margin of competitive advantage.