5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Custom Software Development

Unlike the more popular options of off-the-shelf software, custom options are usually targeting specific problems and are meant for in-house use instead of reselling

Daniel Alcanja
Apr 24 · 3 min read
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Development of custom software is a process of designing software applications that meet the specific needs of an individual or a company. Unlike the more popular options of off-the-shelf software, custom options are usually targeting specific problems and are meant for in-house use instead of reselling.

Customized solutions can be more efficient and more adjustable to your needs, which will affect your business positively in the long run. Many companies may be put off at first by the cost of a custom software application, but the initial investment can be recovered by addressing the unique problems that off-the-shelf options are not able to tackle.

Deciding whether you need custom software developed for you or not can be rather difficult. Below we’ five ways that your business can benefit from investing in a customized solution.

Targeted solution

Probably the most important reason to invest in custom software development is that you develop a product that addresses your exact needs. It is not unusual for businesses to choose an off-the-shelf software option just to realize that it is unsuitable for them.

Every business is unique and it is hard to find a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to software. Choosing to work with tailored products doesn’t only give you a lot of space and possibilities to grow, but also means you are serious about your company’s growth and success.

It is easier to scale

As your business grows, so do your needs. Purchasing an off-the-shelf software solution may become a problem once it is not able to support your business or becomes too expensive to license. Off-the-shelf solutions may be a better fit for small companies in their startup phase of the business cycle when the operations are not yet stable and the focus is on making the company viable.

Developing a solution that is able to grow and scale to your business processes will be more sensible if you don’t want to be limited by software and grow at your own pace. Even though it requires more time for development and investment in the beginning, it will save you time and money when the time comes to scale your business.

You know better than anyone what challenges and barriers your business faces and custom software is a solution that is specifically designed to address those problems.

Integration with other software

The development of custom software creates an environment in which it is easier to integrate your product with other software that is already in use. When it comes to off-the-shelf solutions, it very unlikely for them to interact without errors, which doesn’t improve the employee’s productivity and optimize business operations.

Custom software avoids integration issue and can easily fit within any business’ software ecosystem and enable integration with other software packages without errors.

Hardware costs

Licencing off-the-shelf software often comes with the necessity of purchasing the additional hardware for it to run efficiently, which can turn into a pretty big bill at the end of the day. With tailor-made software, the current hardware capabilities are taken into consideration, which helps to save money and avoid unnecessary purchases of additional hardware.

Custom software is developed in a way that supports your business rather than forcing it to adapt to the software itself. The development and integration of custom software should consider every aspect of your business to make it as seamless as possible.

Independence from the developer

When you are purchasing off-the-shelf software, you are dependent on the company that has developed it — on the pricing it sets, terms and conditions of use, and the future of the business. If that company suddenly goes bankrupt or stops updating the product, you may face an unpleasant need of changing your software provider in a short period of time, that can cost you both money and nerves.

With custom software, you can use it as long as you like and the way you like. Of course, it does require maintenance cost sometimes, but on a larger scale, it provides benefits that are worth the cost.

Originally published at https://www.usetrio.com on April 24, 2019.

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Love building applications and make new ideas come to life. More than 17 years of engineering experience in Web and Mobile. CTO at https://trio.dev

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