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At the center of the Web development process is the user - not the designer, or the programmer, or even the client! Keeping this firmly in mind, we easily get to the nuts and bolts of designing and building innovative Web sites that people will use!

The successful design and development of effective Web sites marries front-end and back-end development. The front-end comprises information architecture, content, and user interfaces. The back-end is where content is stored, retrieved and manipulated by requests from the front-end. The following matrix describes how Berger and Fries architects and develops a web site through a three-step process of Analysis, Design and Implementation.

Requirements Analysis
Front-End Development
Identification of target users and their likely needs; site objectives defined; information architecture started. Time: 1 week Graphic comp process where non-functional mock-ups are presented as design ideas. Information architecture finalized. Time: 3-4 weeks Build of front-end graphics, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, build templates that will house back-end data. Testing, revisions, testing, etc. Time: 2-4 months
Back-End Development
Detailed written analysis of most likely use cases; written analysis of needs with visual use-case modeling of system(s) required. Time: 2-3 weeks Translating the user's needs into possible software and hardware solutions. Simulation testing solution proposals; Buy/Build options considered with RFP submissions to vendors, if needed. Time: 3-4 weeks Either building applications or integrating off-the-shelf applications that perform functions and algorithms in the designed systems; connections made to databases, partners, customers and any 3rd party vendors that participate in the system(s). Time: 2-4 months

At every step of the process, before proceeding, milestones are met and tested against a baseline requirement. Further, a detailed development plan is written at the beginning of the process which clearly states who is responsible for delivering what and at what time. With hard-work, open communication, and a sense of humor, the process always works!


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