The next time when you use a product, say, a box of corn-flakes, take a moment and think about the journey it might have gone through. Just sit back and imagine all the places the ingredients of this box have been through and the major roles different sectors have played.
Right from the corn fields>to godowns>sorting facility>cornflake manufacturing factory>box manufacturing unit>the inks used for printing on the box>the wrapping material and a ton of other sectors are involved in manufacturing this single box of cornflakes we so easily overlook every morning.
Similarly, we interact with numerous software programs throughout the day knowingly or unknowingly. These software products went through similar processes where a major chunk of the software was built by one company, whereas the other major half of such products is usually developed in another company located poles apart from each other.
The picture is different today. Most of softwares today require minimum to no migration right from the conceptualization stage to complete deployment stage.
Thanks to product engineering services & solutions today, this futuristic technology has caught the attention of organizations all over.
What are Product Engineering Services?
In simple terms, product engineering services in IT sector can be termed as a futuristic technology which instills the software and IT solutions, along with the hardware components in order to design, test, and develop a substantial product.
The next question is, why did it come into existence? Global IT companies saw an opportunity in disguise when their clients demanded more intricate and far-reaching, all-inclusive product oriented services. Previously, only the development and testing were done as a part of IT services. The abstraction of idea, product research and architecture, quality testing of the product, product migration, and finally product support, all of these services were either handled by the company itself who intends to sell the product.
This is when the product engineering process came into existence. Companies involved in the development process started taking this aspect earnestly and included the other major services into their portfolio.
Product engineering solutions include:
Product research and innovation: This is an abstract phase where the product exists, but only as a figment of imagination; in a hypothetical world. This phase requires a lot of research and study before starting to work on the idea of the product. This is where lot of unstructured ideas are gathered and given a proper structure.
Product Architecture: Once the idea starts taking a proper shape, all the members involved with the product decide upon a blueprint of the product. At this stage, the product still doesn’t exist in the physical world but we get a glimpse of the product on the paper.
Product Design: Soon after agreeing upon the final architecture on paper, the next phase is product designing which involves the ergonomics, as well as the working of the product across all dimensions.
Product Testing: Soon after the product has been developed, the most immediate step is testing and quality analysis. The product is tested in every possible condition across all permissible environments. Only after it has passed all the pre-decided tests, the product is considered fit for deployment.
Product Maintenance & Support: The sustainability of the product is crucial. Product maintenance process is as important as product engineering itself since at this stage, any error can lead to a major downfall. A proper maintenance ensures longevity of the product.
But, let us not forget to leave an impression in the market, to develop a product people would remember for ages. The entire lifecycle of product engineering services and solutions requires experience and expertise. Some day, maybe one day there will come a time to bid adieu to all that we have created, so make sure you create something stands the test of time.