Software development consulting services are mainly used by companies that need an outside, unbiased opinion on a particular business decision related to technologies. And this opinion is provided by software consultants.
However, the responsibilities of a software consultant aren’t limited to recommendations alone. They include:
- Gathering business information and requirements. Consultants need to know everything about the business they assist. This includes business scope, industry, workflow, and other aspects.
- Recommending a suitable implementation. Based on the gathered data, the consultant must select a solution that will best suit the company in terms of available resources.
- Collaborating with developers and coordinating the development process. If the solution requires development from scratch, the software development consultant teams up with the development team to oversee the entire development process and transfer the correct vision of the final product to the developers. There are also cases when consulting companies have required talents and experience to provide IT services. This way, a company may act as an IT service provider.
- Testing solutions for correct work. The developed solution must work as intended and must be smoothly integrated into the company's business processes. Together with QA engineers, the consultant tests the final product to deliver a bug-free solution.
It’s impossible to come up with a tech strategy and proceed to development without a thorough study of the client's business. Discovery phase is what helps consultants to get acquainted with the business they’re going to work with. You can read more in Cleveroad blog.
During this phase, consultants hold meetings with the client to collect information about the business, gather requirements, and analyze its pain points. All this data will help consultants find the perfect solution that suits business goals and needs.
All information and requirements are packed into a specification that contains all the features and technologies on the project and greatly simplifies communication between business and developers. Without customer approval of the specification, further stages can’t start.