Best Practices for Agile Enterprise Solution Delivery

Best Practices for Agile Enterprise Solution Delivery

Best Practices for Agile Enterprise Solution Delivery
 
Enterprise Solution Delivery is the process of providing a complete package of technology, services, and support to an enterprise organization. It includes the entire life cycle of an enterprise solution from requirements gathering and planning through implementation, testing, deployment, and operations.
 
The goal of enterprise solution delivery is to provide a turnkey solution that meets the needs of the customer and is easy to use and manage. A successful enterprise solution delivery team will have a deep understanding of the customer’s business and be able to provide a comprehensive package of services that address all aspects of the customer’s business. In this article, we will discuss some of the best practices for agile enterprise solution delivery.
 
1. Requirements gathering and planning
 
The first step in any enterprise solution delivery is requirements gathering and planning. This stage is critical to the success of the project because it sets the direction for the rest of the project. The requirements gathering and planning phase should be conducted by a team of business analysts, architects, and other experts who understand the customer’s business. This team should work closely with the customer to understand their specific needs and requirements.
 
For example, if the enterprise solution being delivered is a customer relationship management (CRM) system, the team should understand the customer’s business processes, sales pipeline, and marketing campaigns. They should also understand the data that the customer needs to track and manage their customer relationships.
 
2. Implementation
 
After the requirements gathering and planning stage, the next step is implementation. The implementation phase is where the enterprise solution is built and deployed. This phase includes the development of the solution, testing of the solution, and finally, deployment.
 
  • Development: The development phase is where the enterprise solution is actually built. This phase includes the coding of the solution, as well as the creation of any necessary supporting infrastructure, such as databases and web servers. The development team should work closely with the customer to ensure that the solution meets their needs.
  • Testing: After the development phase, the next step is testing. In this phase, the enterprise solution is put through its paces to ensure that it works as expected. The testing phase should include both unit tests (to test individual components of the solution) and end-to-end tests (to test the entire solution from start to finish).
  • Deployment: After the testing phase is complete, the next step is deployment. Deployment is the process of making the enterprise solution available to the customer. This can be done through on-premises deployment (deploying the solution on the customer’s own servers) or cloud-based deployment (deploying the solution on a cloud platform, such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure).
 
3. Operations
 
After the enterprise solution has been deployed, the next step is operations. Operations is the process of maintaining and supporting the enterprise solution. This includes tasks such as monitoring the performance of the solution, patching and updating the solution, and providing customer support.
 
The operations team should work closely with the customer to ensure that the solution is always up and running. They should also be prepared to handle any problems that may arise, such as system outages or data loss.
 
Advanced Best Practices
 
In addition to the best practices discussed above, there are also some advanced best practices that can be used for enterprise solution delivery. These advanced best practices can help to improve the quality of the solution and make it easier to deploy and operate.
 
1. Continuous Delivery
 
Continuous delivery is a best practice that involves delivering new features and updates to the enterprise solution on a regular basis. This allows the customer to get new features and updates as soon as they are available, without having to wait for a major release. Continuous delivery also makes it easier to deploy and operate the solution, as there are fewer changes to be made at any one time.
 
2. Infrastructure as Code
 
Infrastructure as code is a best practice that involves treating infrastructure (such as servers, networking, and storage) as code. This means that infrastructure can be provisioned and managed using the same tools and processes that are used for software development. This makes it easier to deploy and manage enterprise solutions, as the infrastructure can be treated in the same way as the software.
 
3. DevOps
 
DevOps is a best practice that involves combining the development and operations teams into a single team. This team is responsible for both developing the enterprise solution and deploying and operating it. This allows for a more seamless delivery of the solution, as there is no need to hand off between teams.
 
4. Site Reliability Engineering
 
Site reliability engineering (SRE) is a best practice that focuses on making sure that the enterprise solution is always available and running smoothly. SRE teams work to prevent outages and to respond quickly to any problems that do arise. This helps to ensure that the customer always has a positive experience with the solution.
 
Enterprise solution delivery is a complex process that requires a lot of planning and coordination. However, by following the best practices discussed in this article, you can make the process easier and improve the quality of the solution. At Agileseventeen, we provide expert coaching and training on enterprise solution delivery, agile methodology, SAFe, and more. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you deliver successful enterprise solutions: talkagile@agileseventeen.com
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