What is Custom Software Development?
You May Be Considering Custom Software Development
If you’re reading this, you may be considering Custom Software Development for your business. But, what exactly does it involve? How do you even get the ball rolling? It can be an overwhelming subject to research, so let’s start with the facts.
So… What is Custom Software Development?
Custom Software Development is the creation of specific software tailored to fit the needs of a particular user, group or organization. This software is not fit for reselling and is customized just for you. It is designed to address and satisfy the needs that regular, off-the-shelf software will not. Yes, it sounds wonderful and that’s because it is.
Going forward, you need to make sure you have a specific need that cannot be satisfied by software that is already on the market and readily available. Off the shelf software is built to appeal to a large, generic mass audience. Think of a common computer program that you currently use on your home or work PC. These programs are designed to be diverse. Though they are easily accessible by the general public and much less expensive than custom software, they may not satisfy a particular need and therefore hinder workflow.
Users are seeking more, and that is why Custom Software Development is becoming much more prominent in the business world today. Your custom software will be designed and centered around your needs and goals, as well as your brand. This will improve your work overall, ultimately increase productivity and efficiency, and even save you money in the long run.
If you’re considering making the jump and investing in this type of software, know that a lot of time and money will go into it’s creation. To be clear: less development time equals less money spent. You must fully understand your needs and be as clear as possible about what you need the software to address. This lessens the risk of making changes during the development process. More changes mean more time and money. If a new need or issue is discovered along the way, it could change the whole direction of development, and add cost to the project.
While it is important to pick a software company that is local, it is also important you choose a company that you feel listens and understands your goals. While price point (which is never set in stone in the world of Custom Software Development) is a factor for everyone; flexibility, vast knowledge, experience and a good reputation is what is most important.