Your business has started growing and you are already involved the building the subsequent steps for further success, it is when you come across a large decision that you have to take; do you go with an off-the-shelf software or you should invest in developing a custom software?…Sounds familiar?

It might sound “simple” and “safer” to opt for a pre-packaged software readily available in the market, but… it might not give the exact solution you need. Custom software on the other hand will give you exactly what you need. Here are some of the reasons why a custom developed software is always better than a prepackaged software.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

There is no denying that quality pre-packaged software are available with ease of access, but it is highly unlikely that any of such software would provide complete solutions for the needs specific to your business. Every business is unique in its way and therefore, it has its unique sets of requirements to be addressed – some more critical than others.

Though modifying built-in features of a store bought software might sound nice, it is rarely an option, whereas a system specifically built just for you taking your business requirements into account guarantees a great fit for all your needs along with the feasibility to scale it with your size and changing needs.

Overcoming Limitations

Custom software development is done on contractual basis, which means you get continuous maintenance of the program as your business grows in size. Typically with off-the-shelf software, you run into issues like software being inexpensive but incapable of supporting your business needs or software being able to support but is very expensive to license. For such scenarios, custom software development meets the needs of your company while allowing your business to grow without being limited by your software.

Leveraging Your Existing IT Investments

Custom application are developed keeping in mind the business systems you are already using. It is almost impossible to have multiple off-the-shelf software package interact with each other without a glitch. Licensing business software that is not tailor-made for the software environment your business runs on can lead to drop in the productivity of your employees as they experience errors and cannot effectively complete their work. Custom software avoids this problem, as it can fit perfectly within your business software ecosystem. 

Security

When it comes to external threats, you can have peace of mind with custom software. The majority of successful hacking attempts performed on business are as a result of hackers exploiting known software vulnerabilities in commonly-used software. Custom software will be a much less attractive target for hackers as it will require comparatively much more effort to learn how to breach the system.

Advantage Over Competitors

Pre-packaged software is likely going to be similar to what your competition is already using. When you use the exact same tools as your competitors, you are less likely to be able to differentiate yourself and move forward in the market. With custom software solution at your disposal, not only do you have a proprietary platform that can address all of your specific needs, it can also be built with the goal to overcome specific weaknesses in what’s available to the rest of your competitors. By investing in software that is built to your specifications, you create a unique opportunity that none of your competition will have access to.

 

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