Why invest in custom software?
In today’s consumer society, we no longer wait to get what we want or need. If a website doesn’t sell the product or service I’m looking for, I directly look elsewhere. As a consumer, if I don’t find exactly what I want, I have two choices: I can opt for the solution that is closest to my expectations, or I can go custom. But customization for companies is expensive and time-consuming.
As a company, you need to find the exact solution to achieve your goals. And in this case, investing in custom software makes sense.
What is custom software?
Custom enterprise software is by definition a technology solution designed to meet the specific requirements of companies and their businesses. Instead of trying to use an off-the-shelf software system, consider a custom solution that provides the right information to the right people at the right time, and one that is able to evolve and adapt to each business.
Companies that want software tailored to their specific needs essentially require custom software development. The custom software development process includes the design, creation, deployment and maintenance of custom software developed for specific use and functionality.
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The advantages of custom software
- Optimal Organization
Every organization has its own business model and internal processes. It is very difficult for organizations to change their processes to fit a particular software or application, no matter how efficient and powerful it is. Therefore, software must be designed and developed to align with the business model and follow the unique internal processes of the organization.
A major concern for many businesses, data access and security issues affect many users in the marketplace. Online customers want to ensure that their transactions are safe and secure at all times. Security protocols can cause your company to incur additional costs on the services you offer to customers. This can cause a loss of your company’s competitive edge in the marketplace. With custom software development, you have the power to decide which data security technology or protocol is best for your business and integrate it into your software.
While off-the-shelf software may seem cheaper at first glance, it often has recurring costs that make it less advantageous in the long run. Unlike off-the-shelf solutions, custom software does not incur licensing fees. That is, its development can be planned according to the company’s budget and developed at the company’s pace. For example, you can always start with an MVP version to validate your idea and then develop a full-fledged product.
- Flexibility and scalability
In an ever-changing world, off-the-shelf solutions may be sufficient to meet current business needs, but in the long run, they may lack flexibility because they cannot be modified at will. Custom software is designed to cover all the functionality you need. A thorough analysis during the discovery and prototyping phase, allows you to consider different scenarios, even if your needs change over time. Whether you want to add new functionality, increase product capacity, or simply meet the growing demands of your business, custom solutions can fully meet your requirements.
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Examples of custom software
- Content Management System (CMS)
The CMS caters to the needs of the average consumer and allows developers to add functionality and make ongoing improvements during the development process. A custom CMS might just be what your website needs to stand out. It facilitates social media integration, site maintenance, online security, and much more. Examples of CMS include WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, Typo3 and Serendipity. Customized development enables the creation of complex and very successful custom software.
- Remote Dashboards
A remote dashboard allows consumers and employees to view critical data on other devices, providing tools for users to perform tasks anywhere. Typically used on a tablet or computer, these dashboards allow everyone to access their digital data and tools wherever they are. With a custom application, you can upload charts and guides, accessible to all team members, eliminating the need to carry documents. Examples of remote dashboards include Pitikapp, Drupal, DigDash, Monday.com.
If a company decides to invest in an “out-of-the-box” software, it can immediately start using it. On the other hand, custom software development can take several months before the product is delivered and ready to use. No two companies have exactly the same needs. So it makes sense that companies are looking for software that meets their specific needs.