Without an application blueprint, your organization is at risk of running into a variety of common problems, including poor design, a lack of user adoption, gaps between application functionality and business needs, and costly rework in terms of implementation. These setbacks can lead to poor time-to-market and overshot budgets.

To avoid these pitfalls, it’s essential that you take the time to map out what an application should look like, based on the technology available and the needs of your intended users. Any organization thinking about creating a blueprint for their next application should consider following these six steps:

  1. Conduct interviews to better understand end user needs and personas
  2. Identify data sources and review data elements to understand what’s needed for the application
  3. Identify gaps in current IT infrastructure
  4. Determine a logical end-to-end workflow for the application 
  5. Plan screen content and layout
  6. Create graphic mockups of the final product in order to prototype and drive interest in the application

Doing this will help you to think more strategically about application design and enable you to lay a solid foundation for successfully deploying a custom analytical application at your organization. Taking the time to craft an application blueprint can have a major impact on user adoption and the overall success of your application, and we believe it's well worth the upfront time and effort.