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.
- 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.
- Off-the-shelf software cannot meet all your needs. Custom solutions can be developed to meet as many of your needs as necessary.
- Have some existing systems your new software needs to talk too? Off-the-shelf software may not be compatible with your existing systems.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.