Businesses are always on the lookout for ways to cut down on their operational expenses. One way to do that is to use software for automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks.
As for obtaining said software, you have two options — you can buy ready-made applications off the shelf or hire a software developer for a customized solution. As the title implies, this article leans towards the latter, and for a good reason.
While you can purchase off the shelf software to accomplish just about anything, they are not designed to match one’s business’s exact needs. Hence users are bound to run into problems leading to costly downtimes.
What about custom software?
In an extremely competitive market, businesses can’t afford to waste their time on the so-called “one-size-fits-all” solution that often curbs growth opportunities. It is for this reason that that customized software development is generally the superior option.
Companies like Levit8 IT Solutions can help you develop a software product that is specific to your organization’s demands. That said, it can only be done if the software company has a good understanding of your business’s requirements and goals.
Custom software is developed in stages, and any problems or complaints are taken into consideration, then implemented. By the time the final version of the software is unveiled, businesses would have access to applications tailored to the needs of the organization. This is perhaps the most significant advantage of custom software development.
Anything tailor-made goes through strict assessment and analysis. Ready-made products might be cheaper off the shelf. Still, in business, custom software is generally the better option over the long term.
Consider the following differences between custom and off-the-shelf software:
The most apparent distinction between the two, no doubt, has to do with price. Again, ready-made software is generally cheaper, but that’s only because the software is mass-produced. The cost is dispersed among several purchasers.
In comparison, custom software is built solely around the client’s needs, solely responsible for financing the entire enterprise. That said, clients can generally expect better results. After all, how competitive can you expect your business to be if you’re using the same software as hundreds of others in your niche?
Another problem with ready-made-software is that it is difficult (if not impossible) to influence changes to the applications in your favour. This is because it is generally not feasible for off-the-shelf software developers to make changes to their product.
Moreover, that company may stop releasing software updates over time, leaving our business with an outdated application. Anything obsolete can potentially hurt one’s bottom line. On the other hand, the client can update custom software as needed. They own full and exclusive rights to the software and all the assets used during its development.
While off-the-shelf software does have the advantage in terms of implementation, low-cost, and even a money-back guarantee, it doesn’t change the fact that the application wasn’t explicitly designed for your organization. Hence there’s always the possibility of running into problems that can put your business at risk. The only way to get around it is to have custom software designed from scratch and updated to constantly meet challenges in your organization.