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If engineering is the “heart and soul” of our value-creating activities at Saral, then Project Management is the “central nervous system.” Our Project Managers ensure that your best interests are always our primary driving force.Our approach to system selection revolves around understanding your business requirements, specific industry needs and your business practices.

Effective communication is central to the success of every project. You can rely on SARAL to provide this through every phase of the project. We work with you to develop detailed project plans and specifications, providing complete visibility from project inception to completion. This includes regular, concise status reports to keep you abreast of any important issues and milestones. Upon project completion, we provide extensive documentation and training to ensure easy integration of our work into your organization.

 Windows Based Consulting
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We Follow a Multi-Phased Approach

Phase 0: Strategy (Optional)
In many cases, our clients desire our assistance in determining the most effective use of technology within a specific business initiative, product, online service or topline process before moving forward with development projects. Our Strategic Technology Consulting practice provides this service.

Phase I: Planning for Success - Research, Analysis, Proposal
During this early stage, we learn as much as possible about your business and the project requirements. We then scope the project and prepare a proposal. The proposal addresses your target market or deployment environment, and any project schedule constraints or technical issues. This phase positions us to suggest a solution and describe our working relationship.

Our Project Manager’s first responsibility is to work with our sales force during the bidding process to create an accurate and complete statement of work. The bidding team anticipates any necessary resources and their estimated optimal assignment times and duration on the project. This results in a smooth project kickoff and a head start on engagement success.

The next step is a proposed project plan including task dependencies. Our Onsite Project Managers will often work with you during this step to perform business analysis or infrastructure planning for technology deployment.

Next are the completion of project requirements and the creation of specifications. Depending on your needs, our Project Manger works here with some combination of your staff, our senior engineers, or our Strategic Technology Consultants.

Our standard engineering process begins with a Marketing Requirements Document(MRD). This document can be supplied by our clients or produced by Saral based on client input. The MRD is end-user oriented for interactive systems, stating the overall expected user experience within the target environments. For non-interactive systems, the MRD focuses on the constraints of the external hardware or software environment.

The MRD is input for our Functional Specification (FS). The FS is a top-level description of the internal primary system components, their functionality, interfaces, data structures, and access. The FS often includes discussion of global issues such as:

  • Time synchronization and identity
  • Security, stability, and scalability
  • Fault tolerance, bandwidth, and latency
  • Transactions, queuing, and data management

The FS is input for the Component Design Specifications (CDS). The number and complexity of CDS documents are a directly related to the size and complexity of the system. CDS documents themselves can be simple guidelines for interface or internals programming, or they can be detailed object-oriented specifications conforming to the Uniform Modeling Language and referencing standard design patterns. The CDS often discusses issues such as:

  • Memory usage, instantiation/initialization, and persistence
  • Concurrency (multi-processing and multi-threading)
  • Asynchronous input/output and resource pooling
  • Our process can also cover specialized areas such as Database Architecture and Risk Analysis.

The final step in the planning phase is a review of the statement of work and the proposed project plan relative to a now more complete understanding of the project scope and available base technologies.

Phase II: Efficient Project Execution
As design, engineering, quality, and documentation professionals are brought on and off the project, our Project Managers orchestrate the efficient allocation and interaction of resources. During this phase, our Project Managers pay very close attention to the correlation of resource usage and quality work-product creation.

We divide each project into a number of sub-projects depending upon their functionality or use-case. These sub-projects are then developed concurrently using state-of-the-art Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools and follow an iterative development cycle going through analysis, design, coding and testing. The sub-projects are then integrated together and system level development and testing are then performed to see the project through to completion.

The Project Manager is responsible for accurate and fair billing, whether on an hourly or milestone basis. Our senior engineering staff performs periodic reviews of work product to identify any potential problem areas. This avoids costly late corrections and rework.

During implementation, we continue to work closely with you to build your solution. Throughout the implementation phase, we will keep you apprised of project status, issues, and decisions. We stay focused on meeting your requirements. We have a proven track record of working together to complete projects successfully for our clients.

After the GUI design stage , SARAL provides fully interactive proto-types that can be demonstrated to your potential customers or investors , before getting down to code implementation.

Phase III: Project Completion
Often we enter the project completion phase helping you manage "alpha" and "beta" programs, including trial customer feedback. After final work product corrections are made, we perform a complete project handoff, making sure that you are in a solid position for successful launch. Project handoff can include training of your technical or support staff.

At project completion, SARAL continues to be a resource to our clients. Depending on your needs we can provide technology transfer, training, periodic maintenance, or plans for next stage development. We value our clients, and strive to establish long-term working relationships.

Our project managers are committed to their key role in building a partnership you'll view as a strong contributor to your competitive advantage.

Technology Transfer

We give you the knowledge necessary to control and manage the product after completion. By developing a comprehensive understanding of your problem from the beginning, we can better understand your requirements at hand-off time. Depending on your needs, we can provide you with training, ongoing maintenance, and a cont.


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