Internet Solutions Lifecycle
In order to ensure the highest level of value for its clients, OTS utilizes an Internet solutions delivery framework referred to as the Internet Solutions Lifecycle. The Internet Solutions Lifecycle represents such a breakthrough in terms of the web development industry that the system is now patent-pending.
The Lifecycle is divided into 6 phases:
- IBA (Internet Business Analysis)
- Functional Design
- Manage Results
As an example, let's look at the first component of the Lifecycle, the IBA. OTS uses a unique methodology to identify the needs and opportunities facing each company. The IBA consists of dozens of specific questions that are designed to identify such things as the client's competitive advantage, which their target market is, ways that their business systems can be streamlined over the web, ways in which the client can increase customer loyalty and retention etc. The OTS has been designed to identify how the client's success will be measured on the web, and to help the Business Partner lay out a specialized Internet business strategy that will get results for the client in the form of a measurable return on investment.
Each of the six phases of the Lifecycle has defined process flows, guidelines, templates, tools and forms utilized by the Internet Consultant to maximize client value. As engineered, the Lifecycle ensures that every client's site is developed and launched effectively to maximize site traffic, and to achieve the maximum Return-On-Investment for clients.
The E-Marketplace System provides the production backbone that enables OTS Internet Consultants to deliver the highest quality Internet Solutions, in the most cost effective way.
The E-Marketplace System is comprised of a global network of web development centers; all interconnected through OTS’s online production management system MAPS™. Located in strategic locations around the world, these production centers can provide a broad range of service options to OTS customers including the availability of development in unique language character sets (i.e. Chinese, Arabic, Hindi etc.). For those companies that want to tap into large international markets, OTS’s multi-lingual development centers make the development of multi-lingual sites possible as well.
OTS’s international growth has enabled it to mirror the production strategies of large software development companies like Microsoft and Oracle who have set up production centers in various high technology and low labor cost jurisdictions such as Bangalore or Pune, India (the silicon valley of the east). In addition to the benefit of cost savings, many companies that have amongst the highest quality standards in the world (such as General Electric, whose six sigma program allows for only 6 defects per one million products) have found development regions such as India to exceed what they are able to achieve domestically in terms of quality. These regions allow companies to hire developers with software engineering degrees for far less than one might pay a minimum wage counter clerk in the Western World.
MAPS, the system that governs the OTS E-Marketplace System, is an Intranet based software application used by OTS Consultants to manage the entire development lifecycle of each client’s solution. MAPS provides a collaborative development environment where developers, staff and the client may communicate through all phases of site development. MAPS efficiently enhances development quality through its integration with the Code Depot and utilization of MDT components, while monitoring client satisfaction levels, in real-time. The result… the highest levels of value and quality for each OTS client.
Modular Development Technology
When Henry Ford created the assembly line, the concept was revolutionary but quite simple; build the best car possible, and find a way to quickly replicate it millions of times over, with the kinds of quality standards that would exceed even the best hand built automobile. While every web solution created by OTS is unique, the development processes leverages off of the same kinds of production efficiencies deployed by Ford.
By analyzing thousands of unique Internet Solutions, OTS discovered that the vast majority of client sites could be developed through standard “building blocks” assembled in non-standard ways. Just as the DNA of each living organism is made up of 4 simple amino acids, assembled in many different ways to create many different complex organisms, OTS has created a series of building blocks that make up the “web DNA” of a unique Internet Solution. By configuring each of these building blocks in a way that is unique for each client, the client receives a unique Internet Solution tailored to their needs.
The development of these building blocks and the processes for assembling them is what makes up the trademarked Modular Development Technology TM (MDT) utilized by OTS. These MDT components are stored in a Digital Asset Management system that OTS refers to as the Code Depot, along with the various development standards.
Obviously websites can be built much more efficiently by re-using instead of re-developing programming code, but the benefits of the Code Depot go further. By re-using certified programming code, the quality of production is heightened to a level unsurpassed within the industry.