Custom software (better known as bespoke or tailor-made software) is a type of software developed specifically for a company to accommodate that company’s preferences and expectations, or so they’d have you believe. While custom software may seem like the best option, there are actually several factors to take into consideration. If you’re on the market for custom software, take a minute to check out the following points. You may, in fact, discover that ready-to-use software is better suited to meet your project needs.
1. Cost Efficiency
Sometimes the bottom line really is the most important. When launching a new project or testing an application you may not necessarily feel like shelling out a bunch of money for a custom software solution that will not be relevant by the time you make the changes you need.
More likely than not, you will be able to find a pre-designed software solution based on the type of product you are developing. By implementing ready-to-use software, you will expedite the launch and save about 70-80% of the cost in the process.
As mentioned above, because of how easy the ready-made software is to implement, you can also test out several options to find the best for you, without burning a hole in your pocket. Testing takes the place of customization that bespoke software offers.
Further down the line, you may decide to switch to bespoke, of course, but having gone through several ready to use options, you will have a better idea of what your product needs. Moreover, since bespoke software involves a significant amount of work, you must be an excellent communicator with the company that designs it for you. Once again, the testing process will make sure you are better equipped when that time comes.
Companies behind ready-to-use software know they will not be able to market their product if it is not well polished. They also got feedback from other customers and made a lot of improvements. If you are just starting out, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity. Ready-to-use often has fewer glitches and is easier to understand because developers understand they only have one chance to get it right. Typically bespoke software takes about 2-3 months (and several thousands of bucks) of back and forth to be polished.
Finally, since ready-to-use software is rather “standard issue”, in the event you should have some glitches, you will have a much easier time finding someone to help address the problem. As a matter of fact, with a quick search, you will probably be able to troubleshoot the issue with your team.
The main takeaway here is that pre-designed software saves time and money. It can also offer a valuable learning experience that will translate into a better vision of your product down the line.Custom softwarepre-designedready-to-use software