A business faces challenges all the time. Sometimes, the solutions to these challenges require a great deal of creativity and ingenuity. Such is the case when it comes to software deficiencies.
There are often times where businesses find that the off-the-shelf software that is so commonly used in business doesn’t precisely work for some of the tasks that need to be done. This is why many business owners learn more about custom software development.
What is Custom Software
Custom software is a method by which a piece of software is developed for the proprietary use of one particular business. Often times, the software is created to handle a specific task where off-the-shelf software either can’t work or is woefully inadequate. While this is extremely beneficial to a business, there are things that a business will need to consider when thinking about developing a proprietary piece of software.
The High Cost of Developing Proprietary Software
The first consideration is cost. It’s easy to look at the benefits of proprietary software and decide that this is the best option. In some cases, customized software is the only solution to a particular problem. However, it’s easily conceivable that a piece of software designed to do a particular task, and sometimes a piece of software that will only be used in one specific department, can cost in the range of five figures from its development to its implementation,.
Make Sure it’s Easy to Use
The other consideration is that a proprietary piece of software is something that should be easy to use by business employees. Having a proprietary piece of software that is simply too complicated or too different from the norm when compared to off-the-shelf software can create user problems. This can often defeat the purpose and dilute the benefits that custom software provides. It can also create an additional expense, which is having to extensively train employees on the new software.
While there are important considerations that need to be made when a business is considering developing custom software, finding the right developer will prevent some of the common pitfalls that are frequently encountered when a company develops and implements customized software. If your business is prepared for the cost and the task of developing and implementing software, it may be the best solution for the productivity of your company.