While software requirements specification may not be the most glamorous part of the database design process, it is by far one of the most important. You can hire a technically skilled database designer, but without a well-planned SRS document, the project can quickly become a disaster. What is SRS documentation? Why is it so important for a database designer to have a data dictionary when planning the system? What kind of business requirements document can you expect from the Farber Consulting Group? Read on to learn about this integral aspect of database design.
What do you require your database to do? How do you intend for it to be used? What entities and relationships will be a part of the relational database? These questions and many more need to be answered before the design phase of your project can begin. Think of this as the discovery phase. We are getting to know your unique business, how it operates, and what it needs from a database.
The SRS document serves a number of purposes.
1. Outlines what the customer expects from the vendor – When such a business requirements document is in place, there are fewer misunderstandings. The vendor knows exactly what is expected by the client. The customer knows that if something changes or needs to be added beyond what the document states that it will likely incur additional expense. This leads to fewer surprises when the client sees the final product and receives the final invoice.
2. Project scope and price estimate – When the SRS defines the parameters of a project well, the vendor can provide a more accurate cost and time frame to complete the assignment. This allows the software developer to offer high-quality service while the client receives custom software development on time and on budget.
3. Data definition saves time – When the programmer can refer to a clear and precise data dictionary, projects are completed faster. They also only need to be done once because all of the specs are readily available.
4. Expectations can be met or exceeded – It is always our goal at the Farber Consulting Group to meet or even exceed the expectations of our clients. Discovery documents are what allow us to reach that goal. We understand exactly what you want, and you have documentation that shows precisely what you are getting. That means everyone is happy at the end of the project. Plus, the document serves as a guideline. It isn’t written in stone. The client can always take things in another direction, and we are happy to be flexible as long as the customer realizes that the cost and time frame of the project will have to be adjusted to meet the new parameters
Every company has their own way of performing SRS, meaning that you have the information collected in varying ways depending on the vendor. Some like to speak verbally and then put the requirements down in writing. Others have a form for the client to fill out and then they only talk if there are additional questions based on the responses.
At the Farber Consulting Group, we like a more personal touch with our clients. We always interview the client which allows ideas to flow freely. You may not even realize that your company requires certain things from the database until we are having the conversation. By the end of the interview, we don’t just know what you expect from us at the end of the project, but we know how things will proceed from day to day from the start of the project until its competition. This can provide you peace of mind, knowing that your project is in good hands and that you, as our client, are very important to us.
There are a few elements that will be part of the discovery process.
Hopefully, seeing how thorough our SRS documentation is helping you to see how important it is to us to meet the individual needs of each business we work with. Are you ready to get your database project going? Set up an appointment today to start the discovery process.