Why your business needs to think about custom software
What is ‘custom software’?
Custom software is a specialized software that has been developed to exclusively meet the needs of your business. To make this simple to understand, if you think about Microsoft Word, which a lot of businesses still use, this piece of software is supplied in a box and with the same capabilities, no matter who uses it. Custom software bypasses this idea, and instead presents the end user a software solution that has been carefully made so the requirements of the customer are met.
Reasons for a custom software solution
There are a number of reasons why a custom software solution may be the one for your business. They are all compelling reasons, and the ideas add up to a solution that saves you a lot of trouble if your needs are unique.
This won’t happen with custom software. Feeling helpless happens when you have a software solution sitting in front of you and it just cannot do what you want it to do. The more specialized and niche your company is, the more likely this is to happen. Because you have very unique needs that the majority of users of mainstream software don’t have, that mainstream software will bring your projects to a halt, because the specification doesn’t include your kind of work. With custom software, you get to decide what features and processes the software contains.
Improve your work style
Mainstream software is made for the mainstream user. You may be able to use it in your company or organization, but this may mean compromises in the way you work, or how you manage future projects. Custom software is designed to help you get done what is necessary, and in the way you like it.
Ever tried calling Microsoft? You may get through, but it is often a very long time before you get to the department you want so that you can arrange for the support that you need. With custom software, you don’t have to worry about this. Your support contact will be with the developers who know exactly how your software has been put together, and how best to help you. It is personal, and focuses on you and your business. You don’t get that with software that is shipped to millions of people each year.
Getting the edge on the market
This is where the good news really happens, when you use custom software development. If you have a truly bespoke software solution that has been developed just for you and your needs, then your business will be streamlined. Your processes will be easier to manage, and they will happen more quickly. You will also be able to devote more time and resources to different aspects of your organization, such as sales. This means that you will be one step ahead of your competition, who are still using mainstream software that doesn’t give them time to devote to other activities that will help to boost profit and establish market share.