PLEASANT VALLEY – The evolution of computer technology can be an arduous process in which rewriting code can be time consuming and prove that times is money.
However, Pleasant Valley-based TMC Technologies has implemented a new software development system to help the company be more efficient in both how it communicates and how it creates its final work product.
Using principles developed by the nonprofit Agile Alliance, TMC has created it own Agile Center of Excellence, which will help the software company focus on the people doing the work and how they work together to create the best end product.
“The idea of this is to really have the software development teams highly engaged with the consumer software,” said Jeff Edgell, vice president and chief strategist for TMC. “The software gets built a little bit at a time with ongoing engagement with the stakeholders, the people that are actually going to use the software.”
According to Edgell, the process of Agile is becoming standard for software companies that develop mainly for government agencies, because the need for new and effective software can come quick in the modern age.
Through its Agile Center of Excellence, TMC is able to work with clients to focus on specific client needs and spend more time developing rather than redeveloping or going back and fixing.
“Agile software development is a process in which customers and the coders building the system work closely on smaller parts of the larger project, rapidly spinning out and testing updates or versions to the final software solution,” according to a press release from TMC Technologies.
TMC has utilized the Agile approach to develop systems for the FBI in Clarksburg and the process enabled the company to provide the software more efficiently. Like Edgell said, in the end, the system is all about efficiency, and meeting with clients drives that efficiency.
“With the old system, once it’s built it’s really costly to back out of something and redo it,” Edgell said. “From a company standpoint, this is just a better way to serve customers. From a consumer standpoint, it empowers them a little bit more through the collaborative and cooperative process.”
This is the trend throughout the entire field of technology at the moment. Edgell said the Agile Center of Excellence method is being implemented across the country by other software development agencies.
“We have multiple customers moving in that direction,” Edgell said. “We bring the skill sets and they bring their needs.”
While the new system of development may seem like a benefit mainly to the software companies and the clients who need them, Edgell said that saving money on the rewriting of government agency software will in turn, save taxpayers.
“This will help us be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money,” Edgell said. “It allows our clients to have a little bit more control over their destiny and get exactly what they need.”