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4DS Process

At HyperTEK, we pride ourselves in our structured approach to website design and development. The first step in our "4DS Process" is to define the problem. Clearly defining the problem is the key to the design of an effective solution. Once the design has been finalized, HyperTEK starts to develop the solution. At the end of the development phase, a deployment plan is devised and the project is deployed. The final phase of the 4DS Process is HyperTEK's long term commitment to support the project after its deployment.

Defining the problem that must be overcome is one of the most important phases in the 4DS Process. Without a clear definition of the problem, the remaining phases may lose cohesion and the project may fail to reach its ultimate goal. The results of the definition phase should include the scope of the project, the problems that must be overcome, and the acceptable time frame for the project.

The design phase is very important to the overall success of the process. During the design phase a variety of different solutions may be proposed that will solve the same problem. Each solution must be carefully evaluated and a final determination must be made regarding which solution or combination of solutions will provide the best result. The results of the design phase should include a clear solution to the previously defined problem.

The development phase is where the solution that has been designed is actually implemented. This phase is often the most time consuming phase in the 4DS Process. The results of the development phase should include a finished version of the solution to the project.

The deployment phase of the project may include a limited trial deployment. The purpose of a limited deployment is to fully test the solution that has been developed. This limited deployment is sometimes referred to as a beta test. If any problems or bugs are located during the initial testing period the project may go back to the development phase for further refinement. The results of the deployment phase should include a full scale deployment of the final version of the solution.

The support phase is ongoing and may include periodic, scheduled, or preventative maintenance. The support phase may also include monitoring of vital software and hardware. Additionally, many companies opt for HyperTEK to provide occasional or regular updates to content. The results of the support phase should include up to date content, increased uptime and availability.

Please visit our case studies section for information about how this process has been beneficial to our clients.