Are you thinking about replacing your manual business process with a software solution?  Can’t find the program which fits your needs exactly?  Here are 10 reasons to choose custom software development over off-the-shelf software.

  1. Flexible solutions vs Ridged solutions. Off-the-shelf software, for the most part, cannot be modified.  Custom software can be developed exactly to fit the needs of your business.
  2. Off-the-shelf software cannot meet all your needs. Custom solutions can be developed to meet as many of your needs as necessary.
  3. Have some existing systems your new software needs to talk too? Off-the-shelf software may not be compatible with your existing systems.
  4. Off-the-shelf software may have way more options than you need. Custom software could be much smaller and more effectively reflect what options your company needs.
  5. Custom software will help you increase productivity, if the software is developed specifically for your process you will be able to work faster and smarter.
  6. Ability to change the software as needed. You can get custom software modified as needed with your business process.  With off-the-shelf software, you will have to wait for the manufacturer to change the software and hope it’s a change you need.
  7. You may need to change your business process to fit the needs of a piece of off the shelf software. With custom software, it is designed to fit your needs.
  8. With many off-the-shelf software, you may incur a license fee or a per seat cost. When you have a piece of custom software made, you own the software.
  9. If you buy off-the-shelf software you may need to retrain your employees with a new process and new terms to fit the off-the-shelf software.
  10. With custom software, you may get a competitive advantage over your competitors who settle for off-the-shelf software which doesn’t fit their needs as well as your custom software will.

About The Author

Lee Burgess is a dad, husband, a hobby farmer, and a .Net Developer. Before joining Rattan Consulting in 2014, Lee developed internal web applications for an American global aerospace and defense technology company, and later, a petroleum and natural gas company.

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