Custom software development is the designing of software applications for a specific user or group of users within an organization. Such software is designed to address their needs precisely as opposed to the more traditional and widespread off-the-shelf software. Such software is typically created just for that specific entity by a third-party by contract or in-house group of developers and is not packaged for reselling.
Software is traditionally divided into two categories: packaged or custom. Custom-made software is fully adapted to meet the needs of the buyer, in contrast to packaged software which is acquired off the shelf and has the same features for everyone. Here are some of the most popular advantages of custom application for businesses -
When it comes to business operations and software development, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. Although there is a lot of high-quality ready-made software available, there's a pretty slim probability that it will fit seamlessly into your organization. Modifying some built-in features of your packaged software might meet a small need but it can’t compare to a software solution that has been built from scratch specifically for your business.
The growth of your business brings new requirements. Off-the-shelf software that seems to perfectly fit your needs today may not always scale. It won’t necessarily be able to accommodate the changes that come tomorrow as a result of your organization's growth. On top of this, you have the trouble of training your work force all over.
For many businesses, the fulfilment of their varied requirements creates a need for multiple software programs. However, it can be quite a hassle to use and maintain several programs. Businesses in this position of need can enjoy the benefits of operating with just one custom made software program designed for the integration of multiple processes. This helps them accomplish more of what's needed while reducing stress.
The development of custom software may be pricier at times but it proves to be worth it in the long run. Custom built software does not require constant change or development for accommodation of company needs in the manner that off-the-shelf software does. Custom software can be used without any significant investment for a long time.
When dealing with off-the-shelf software solutions, your business is at the mercy of the software developer you are buying from. So in the event that they go bankrupt or decide they no longer maintain the software, your business will be in the tough position of suddenly needing to change to software that is fully supported and maintained. This sudden expense can be damaging for your business. If you take the custom route, your software is maintained for as long as you require.