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06 September 2023 (15:25)

Software life cycle in loyalty programs

Software life cycle in loyalty programs

To ensure the effectiveness and success of loyalty programs, it is essential to have the right software that manages the entire process. In this article, we will discuss the life cycle of software in loyalty programs, i.e. the key stages and aspects that affect their operation.

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In today’s dynamic business world, loyalty programs have become an integral part of many companies’ marketing strategies. Companies want to win customer loyalty, and loyalty programs are a great tool for building long-term relationships with customers. To ensure the effectiveness and success of loyalty programs, the right software is needed to manage the entire process. In this article, we will discuss the life cycle of software in loyalty programs, that is, the key stages and aspects that affect their operation.

Here is a diagram of the software life cycle in loyalty programs:

Planning and analysis

The first step in the software life cycle in loyalty programs is planning and analysis. At this stage, the company needs to carefully define the goals it wants to achieve by introducing a loyalty program. It is also necessary to study the target group of customers, their needs, preferences and competitive solutions. This analysis will help to understand what functions and mechanisms will best meet customers’ needs.

Design and drafting of requirements

Based on the analysis, in the second stage we proceed to design and draft software requirements. At this stage, we define the functions of the loyalty program, define the rules of operation, the scoring system, rewarding customers for certain activities, and ways to communicate with customers. Design also includes the development of the user interface to make the program easy to use and customer-friendly.

Implementation and testing

Once the design is developed, the software implementation phase follows. Developers create code that is responsible for the operation of the loyalty program according to the established requirements. Once the implementation is complete, a series of tests are carried out to make sure the software works properly and there are no bugs. Testing can include manual testing but also unit or integration testing, which ensures that all elements of the program work correctly.

Deployment and training

Once the software has passed testing, the loyalty program deployment stage follows. Deployment is the process of running the program and making it available to customers and opening access to users. During this time, the company can also provide training to its staff to ensure that all employees fully understand how the program works and are able to answer any questions customers may have.

Monitoring and analysis of results

Software in loyalty programs is not only a tool for managing the program, but also a source of valuable data. At this stage, the company should regularly monitor and analyze the results of the loyalty program. At Interactive Systems, we use a number of tools such as Google Analytics, GTM, Firebase and Sentry. In this way, we learn what activities produce the best results, what elements of the program can be improved, and whether the program meets its business goals. It’s also helpful for detecting faults or unexpected failures where time is of the essence.

Improving and developing

Based on the analysis of the results, the company can make improvements to the loyalty program. This could mean changing reward mechanisms, adding new features, making the program more suitable for customers, or even expanding the program into new areas of activity. The loyalty program should be flexible and adaptable to changing customer and market needs.


The software life cycle in loyalty programs includes many key stages that are essential to ensure effective and efficient program operation. Planning, designing, implementing, deployment, monitoring and developing are the next steps the company must go through in order for a loyalty program to produce the desired results. With properly designed and managed software, loyalty programs can become a powerful tool in building customer loyalty and achieving business success.

Author: Kamil Maćkowiak

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Editorial: Ewa Nowaczyk-Przybylak
Translation: Paweł Kurpisz
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