Custom Development Doesn’t Mean High Costs or Standing Alone

Custom software doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag and it may be the greatest investment your business could make by allowing you to increase efficiency, enable automation of busywork, and analyze big data.  The highest cost of many businesses is human capital and human mistakes.  Reducing repetitive work and reducing the possibility of mistakes can save your business money and allow you a competitive advantage in your industry.

Some may feel the cost of custom software is not within their business’ reach but what if I told you that almost any business has an opportunity for custom software development?

Desiring prepackaged software is not exclusive of a need for custom software.  There are many ways existing software packages can be extended to support your unique business processes.  Without customization, you could be lacking features that leads your business processes to be stalled or become a management nightmare. Customization could be as small as developing an interface between two applications, exporting data for unique reporting and analytics, extending existing functionality, or building an entirely new module for you to interact with.

How can developers build on to existing software?  Nearly every software comes with a supported way to extend functionality or an API to interact with. An API, or Application Program Interface, defines how to interact with a program and usually provides a secure way to transfer data into or out of the software package.  A custom development team can use APIs to build middleware to share data between two software packages, extract data for custom reports, customize a specific feature, and much more.

What if the software doesn’t have a supported way to extend functionality or add modules?  This is certainly a possibility but that doesn’t mean you are option-less.  There are a variety of other solutions companies can use to get the full functionality that their business processes demand.  One such possibility is multiple applications with a single sign-on.  A single sign-on, or SSO, allows you to share authentication between multiple systems, requiring you only to login once to access multiple applications.  An SSO also enables you to run a small custom application alongside an existing piece of software with ease.

Saving just a few minutes per day adds up quickly across an organization.   Expenditures for software customization is an investment that future proofs your business and simplifies your workflow.

Devon Bessemer
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