6. Deployment & Maintenance Phase
In the deployment phase, the operations team will end up nearing the staging or developing environment systems, and get it ready for production.
The implementation team will install new hardware, servers, and have everything scalable for production. This includes setting up the links, databases for real-time users, and syncing up with development teams and release managers.
After setting up the production unit, the application will go live to real users, and where the application is available to be downloaded by millions of users.
This brings us to the maintenance phase, where the maintenance team will regularly examine the application, monitor the load on the servers, and more. The maintenance team will support the application in all circumstances and further update and enhance the software to match the real-world client scenarios.
Pro Tip: Client & software development vendor should mutually agree and sign the Service Level Agreement (SLA).