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Agile Software Development & Systems

Flexible and dynamic – in development as well as in the system

In software projects, the goals are rarely defined in detail from the very beginning. Generally the requirements are vague and the objectives moveable. A rigid phase model in software development that does not permit regressions to the phases runs the risk of missing the real aim. This can often lead to long development times, expensive undesirable developments, dissatisfaction on all sides and economic failure.

Agile software development takes this situation into account by using an incremental and cyclic approach. With this approach, development progress is visible and measurable to all – to developers, management and clients – at each stage of the process. The objective can constantly be re-adjusted. Development times are thus shorter and the finished program meets actual requirements as best as possible.

Agile software development makes the development process lightweight and flexible. Results can be achieved significantly faster than with traditional approaches. The client is able to see the progress of the development. Undesirable developments are identified and avoided at an early stage through continuous coordination and short design and build cycles. The overall process is therefore more cost-effective and targeted and delivers a higher degree of customer satisfaction.

The use of appropriate component technology with generic modules that can be combined in a modular manner within an agile development process results in an agile software system. It stands out in particular on account of its adaptability. In the best case, it maps the true structure of the domains. Should business processes change, an agile system can be adapted with an appropriate linear approach. Components merely have to be replaced, added or removed when no longer needed. Standardised interfaces and universal modules are the prerequisites for this approach. Ideally, they are derived from a generic modular system and can be modelled for any and all domains. JFCO represents a modular system that enables agile systems to be produced.

Applied Technologies/Platforms

The Sulzer development portfolio includes the following technologies and platforms:

  • Java
  • Ruby
  • Groovy
  • Scala
  • Smalltalk (including TEREG, PROFIS, KISS, FMS, WEST, BNDB)
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