“Digital Transformation Driven by Business Strategy” is part of our philosophy here at 7T. But it’s more than this; it’s a strategy that holds the power to bring about the development of truly transformative enterprise software platforms.
A business strategy is comprised of numerous components related to the company, its objectives and its challenges, from short term goals to long term planning and everything in between. A solid business strategy is essential for success in today’s hyper competitive business world, allowing companies to overcome obstacles, improve processes and scale in a sustainable way. This same strategy should also be used to inform your Digital Transformation project, particularly when it comes to the development of an enterprise software platform.
A business requirements document or BRD is the perfect mechanism for capturing elements of your business strategy as you delve into the software development process. But how is this done and what information can you expect to find in a business requirements document?
The Role of a Business Requirements Document in a Software Development Project
The best enterprise software platforms are architected in a manner that improves processes, overcomes challenges and solves problems. To achieve this, your Digital Transformation team and software developers must have an in-depth understanding of a company’s pain points, challenges and goals for the future. These points are central as you create a software requirements document, also known as a BRD.
A well-crafted business requirements document is important for ensuring that your development project goes smoothly, allowing you to craft a mobile app or software platform that solves problems for your business. In fact, the most successful platforms with the greatest ROI will effectively address a challenge or solve a problem in a highly targeted and well thought out way. A business requirements document will do the following.
- Articulates the challenge or problem that you’re seeking to address with the software platform.
- Captures essential components of a company’s overarching business strategy and goals for the future.
- Defines the target user group, their needs, their expectations and how they will interact with the platform.
- Details the features and tools that will be included in the software platform.
- Sets out a detailed development plan and schedule so everyone is informed on what to expect and when.
As you create a business requirements document, you’ll capture essential aspects of your company’s strategy and objectives. Many clients will also find that they’re prompted to consider business strategy in new ways, spurring new realizations that can elevate a company up and above and ahead of the competition.
What Are the Other Benefits of a BRD?
A business requirements document is also essential for preventing issues such as cost overruns, extended development timeframes and misalignments in terms of expectations. That’s because all of these factors are subject to in-depth consideration and by setting out a plan, you’ll have a solid road map that keeps everyone on the same page from start to finish.
It is important to differentiate between a business requirements document and a software requirements document or SRD. While there is some overlap, the latter focuses more narrowly on the scope of the development project, UI/UX and the technical requirements. Business requirement documents focus more on the client, the target user group and their needs for the software platform.
7T has developed a comprehensive guide to creating a business requirements document. We invite you to download our ebook to get started creating a BRD that captures your business strategy as you prepare to begin the software development process or any other Digital Transformation project.
Software Development Projects Without the Challenges
7T specializes in all aspects of Digital Transformation, providing clients with the innovative technology they need to succeed. We apply our core philosophy of “Business First, Technology Follows” to Digital Transformation development projects, working extensively with clients to understand their true business challenges and expected impact of the project. Then, we develop enterprise software, mobile apps, process automations and cloud solutions that generate a healthy ROI.
The 7T mobile development team has over 100 apps under our belt, translating into valuable expertise in many different industries. We will make sure your software platform or mobile application is a success, serving as a valuable business tool that drives your business toward unparalleled success. Contact us today to discuss your company’s business strategy and your software development needs.