Software development (and deployment) is changing.
As software application development processes get a) more dynamically refined b) more imperatively pushed towards the need for continuous development c) more continuously integrated and d) more rapidly delivered -- we are naturally seeing a reshaping of the application processes available.
Specifically, it's no longer just a question of Rapid Application Development (RAD), but also a case of rapid-deployment solution modules.
Software firms are now producing deployment suites for specific industries.
SAP technology partner Rolta targets its OneView suite specifically for the process manufacturing and utility industries for rapid deployment.
These are pre-configured solution modules with operations, asset management and maintenance tools to "combine SAP (and non-SAP) software and content with software and services" from Rolta for a final solution.
Rolta says it will "rapidly install" these OneView rapid-deployment modules within predetermined time, cost and service scope.
TECHNICAL DEFINITION: Rapid-deployment solutions are typically ready-to-use combinations of pre-configured software packaged with fixed-price implementation services, content and so-called "end-user enablement" technology that have been specifically tailored to industries or line-of-business needs.
"[This type of solution is] designed to offer a quick, cost-effective method for standardising processes and adopting the latest innovations with fewer migration risks. The average timeframe for a typical deployment is eight weeks or less, which helps customers lower the cost of implementation and speed time to value, while retaining the flexibility to extend the solution according to individual needs," said the company, in a press statement.