Solution Design

At blum we’re here to help you at every phase of your technology journey. Whether you’re wondering where and how to get started, or need help in the middle of an implementation, our team of technology experts will get the job done.

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At blum we’re here to help you at every phase of your technology journey. Whether you’re wondering where and how to get started, or need help in the middle of an implementation, our team of technology experts will get the job done.

What’s the best way to design a technology solution? It depends on your situation and needs, of course. By following the Microsoft Solution Framework your organization will be working with a time-tested approach for solution design. However, we don’t just stick to a repetitive process for each client, but rather take these steps and customize them to each client’s needs and challenges. With blum you get both the benefits of working alongside a Microsoft Partner and the additional experience our team of technology experts bring with them.

The Microsoft Solution Framework (MSF)

When looking to discuss a solution design our team starts by following the Microsoft Solution Framework and then look towards custom solutions within each of these steps:

 

Envision

During this phase we will work towards understanding the specific goals and requirements of your project and develop a plan, design and approach for satisfying those requirements.

With plans in place we move through the other phases by developing the customized solution, building or acquiring any additional hardware or software required for the solution and get it to a point where we have something that can be tested.

Plan

Early in the planning phase, the team analyzes and documents requirements in a list or tool. Requirements fall into four broad categories:

Build

During the building phase the team accomplishes most of the building of solution components (documentation, installation, configuration, code, etc.). However, some development work may continue into the stabilization phase in response to testing. This phase involves more than code development and software developers. The infrastructure is also developed during this phase and all roles are active in building and testing deliverables.

Stabilize

This phase of the project involves testing the solution in a more rigorous and integrated fashion than that which takes place during the build phase. At this point end-user representatives will get involved to validate that the system operates correctly and meets the originally outlined requirements.

Once we reach a level of confidence that all challenges have been addressed and the requirements have been met we will deploy the solution into the production environment.

Deploy

During this phase, the team deploys the core technology and site components, stabilizes the deployment, transitions the project to operations and support, and obtains final customer approval of the project. After the deployment, the team conducts a project review and a customer satisfaction survey.

Our team has created custom solutions for a variety of clients ranging from custom order processing to work order management and international tax. Learn more about how blum can design custom solutions for your organization >>

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