A bespoke software application, custom written
to meet specific client requirements, makes running a business easier, more efficient, and removes the restrictions and frustration associated with off-the-shelf software.
Advantages of Bespoke Software
Bespoke software is easy to use because it works
the way you work.
You are in control - changes can be implemented quickly, as your business grows, or to meet new legislation or client requirements.
software precisely matches your working practices, resulting in improved efficiency, less supervision, fewer errors
Bespoke applications increase productivity, and reduce costs by
automating repetitive tasks.
Your own software differentiates you from
the competition with unique and better products and services.
is easier to understand because bespoke applications incorporate
your business know-how.
Information can be integrated from existing applications, suppliers and customers.
Bespoke Software v Off The Shelf
A custom application may
be a better solution than standard, off the shelf, software application. Off the shelf software is
designed for a wide range of businesses and may not be
ideally suited to your specific business.
Costs can be deceptive as off the shelf software may not include setup, data import, customisation of reports, support nor
your own learning time.
Off-the-shelf software caters for a wide range
of organisations and may include many functions you
will never use. Generic screens, not specific to your business, may be much slower, harder to user than a bespoke software screen built.
Custom software can actually cost
less, especially for large number of users.
With PSS you pay a one off fee regardless of the number of users.
Often business or departmental data
is held excel spreadsheets. This is often fine to get things started, when the data is simple, or only a couple of people of need access.
Overtime, as more data is added, as the complexity of the data increases, or as data becomes fragmented in personal folders, using Excel starts to become a bottle neck. Examples: an Excel sheet can only be updated one person at a time, or collecting sales figures means opening multiple documents.
Converting from Excel to a bespoke database application can:
save time (eg copy and pasting) by automating repetitive tasks
make data easier to locate by adding sophisticated query functions
allow data to be easily
shared and updated
improve reliability and consistency by adding validation rules
Onshore v Offshore Development
It may appear cheaper to have software developed offshore say in India. But you may find there are unforeseen consequences:
- Problems working across different time zones, different cultures, and languages.
- No face to face meetings, make it harder to develop proper understanding.
- Process can take much longer and you may not end up with what you want.
Customised software applications, developed locally, save
your business time, are cost effective and can grow with your business grows.
Thinking you could benefit from Bespoke Software?
I can give you ideas of feasibility, options,
I have extensive experience in developing quality bespoke applications.