How Do I Choose the Right Technology for my Software Project?

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When beginning a new software project, one of the most important steps is choosing the right technology. But how do you know which solutions are best?  

In this article, we’ll walk you through some tips on how to focus on your priorities and stay within your budget as you plan for your upcoming software project.

Define the Scope and Complexity of Your Project.

Before you begin searching for technological solutions, you first need to define the scope of your project. 

What are your goals for the project? And which steps will you need to take in order to accomplish these goals? 

A lot of software projects can be implemented with a variety of technology combinations. But some projects will require a more specific approach. Defining your goals and processes will help you to gain a bigger picture of the kinds of technology you’ll need in order to complete the project. 

For example, creating a landing page might simply require a template and some customization, whereas creating an entire eCommerce solution will require more complex frameworks and programming. 

After establishing the scope of your project, consider building a prototype before diving in headfirst. Once you identify the right set of features for your project, you can then determine which technologies will integrate best.

Establish Your Priorities.

As you set goals and define the scope of your project, you’ll also want to decide which elements and features to prioritize. 

For example, hiring quality developers may be high on your list. Or maybe you have an in-house developer, but you want to invest in automated programs so your product runs more smoothly. And once the project is completed, how do performance and scalability rank on your list? 

As you consider these factors, consult with your team so you can optimize your technology for any potential problems. 

It’s also a good idea to conduct user interviews before defining platforms and choosing the right technology. You might learn of problems you had never considered, and that will help you dictate the best solutions for your project.

Keep Your Budget in Mind.

Establishing priorities is important because you likely won’t have the budget to splurge on every piece of technology you can think of. 

Instead, focus on the features you consider most important, and invest your money in those elements first. 

Pay attention to the long-term costs of your technology decisions. Many programs come with subscription-based memberships, ongoing licensing fees, and specialized hosting, so read the fine print before you decide on a specific solution.  

Your costs will also vary if you’re looking for a specialized skill set. For example, although Java is an old programming language, it’s still an expensive skill set to hire. If you’re looking to save money on a developer, you might consider a language like PHP instead.

Pay Attention to Industry Trends.

Websites like hotframeworks.comtrends.builtwith.com, and trends.google.com can help you understand how specific technologies have ranked in popularity over the years. 

While you shouldn’t jump on a trend simply because it’s the most popular, analyzing trends can still be useful in helping you determine what’s worked in the past. 

Just make sure that you choose technology that will remain popular and well-supported in the near future. Otherwise, you risk having to pay a lot of money to update your entire project when the technology becomes obsolete.

Discuss Your Technological Needs with an Expert.

Finally, it’s never a bad idea to discuss your technological needs with an expert. 

Choose someone who has experience with a wide range of technologies so they can recommend a solution that will best fit your needs and the goals of your project. 

At CR-T, we have a variety of technical analysts that can help you find the right technology for your project.

Final Thoughts

It’s no secret that choosing the right technology, platforms, and programs for your next software project can be a real challenge. 

But by defining the scope of your project, establishing your priorities, and considering the recommendations of an expert, you’ll be able to find solutions for your project with much more confidence.

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