The benefits of bespoke software for your business
Bespoke software is widely used in day-to-day business due to the benefits it brings, however, not all businesses fully utilise its potential. If you are starting out with bespoke software development or embarking on an ongoing project, there are several benefits that you may want to consider.
Your business will likely use software in one way or another; whether it’s for accounting purposes or simply scheduling meetings etc. It is important that your IT department understands what systems and programmes you need installed and how they can benefit your business overall.
Bespoke software helps you work smarter, saves money and time spent on developing less efficient solutions, makes future proof products by incorporating current technology into material design etc., offers quick, secure data transfer, easy access to information and can be scaled up depending on your company’s growth.
A lot of software solutions are attempted by companies without proper planning. By taking time to understand your business requirements thoroughly beforehand, you are more likely to come up with a solution that will suit your needs far better. A successful project means long-term benefits for you as well as the development company because they will have received valuable feedback for future projects which they can use to improve their own processes.
If at any point plans seem unclear or progress stalls during development, an experienced provider should be capable of analysing the situation and providing resolution quickly. There is no reason why work cannot continue even if deadlines or budgets do change slightly meanwhile.
Bespoke software enables you to have the freedom of choosing the colour, shape and size of your products which means no-one will be able to copy them. It also means that you can make changes to your logo or product lines yourself whenever you want. This is not possible with off-the-shelf software solutions.
Purchasing ready-made programmes can cost a lot more than planning things out from scratch because they are sold at a premium price, especially for urgent requests. There are several office automation programs that office employees use every day however these are often based on an older version of the standard programs available now, since there are new releases sporadically throughout the year it’s likely that any update you manage to purchase may have already been superseded by a newer version.
Customised software enables you to receive updates at no additional cost. These are usually included in the monthly fee which helps you save money in the long run. Professional providers understand that their reputation depends on the quality of work they deliver, this means that they will always ensure that your software is perfect before it leaves their office.
By contrast, when you use general-purpose programs, there’s no guarantee that you’re getting all possible functions or optimum performance because versions vary from one computer system to another and not every user can make full use of all features available. You risk paying extra for features that could easily be created using off-the-shelf variants without really needing anything more complicated.
The best way to find a reliable bespoke software development company is by asking for recommendations from customers you already use who have similar business needs to your own. In this way, you can get a feel for their expertise and abilities without having to go through the process of interviewing them all on your own. You can also read reviews written about these companies online which should provide some insight into their functionality and performance.
Ensuring that a company has a good reputation with other clients in terms of quality, speed and cost-effectiveness is essential when it comes to planning new projects since they will not only make or break your project, but could also determine how successful they are in the long term. It’s vital too that you find out whether they are capable of providing you with the support you need when things are not working properly, how quickly this help can be provided, and whether or not they charge for it.
Do proper research before deciding on a software development company to work with. This is especially important if your business is involved in getting hold of highly sensitive information which could have serious implications for data security. You should always avoid choosing suppliers that have no public presence or ones that don’t list key contact details on their websites, choose only companies with secure web servers running modern versions of SSL certificates – this will reassure you that nobody apart from existing customers has access to any data you send them. The best way to obtain information about companies is by asking for references from existing clients that have been provided with bespoke software in the past.
You should aim to find a provider who can offer a wide range of services and products at different price points, in order to give your business both flexibility and scalability when it comes to organising your IT needs. This means you won’t be restricted when your business is growing or changing direction since there’s no need for any additional costs which could add up over time if you’re using several suppliers for different tasks. It will also allow you to employ experts in the areas where they excel rather than somebody who is average at everything since this will speed things up immensely when it comes to getting new projects started from scratch.
In order to ensure that the bespoke software you implement meets your requirements, it’s important to put together a clear list of features that are most useful to your business. Rather than just embarking on “hope for the best”, you should be able to test all of these features once they’re developed since this will improve the chances of achieving true success for both you and your customers. This is especially important if your software includes any new or novel functionality which could have an impact on how users engage with it relative to existing systems they may already know about.
Before starting work on any new project, you’ll need to agree an appropriate contract with the company in question so you can compare costs and benefits more easily. This will include information about how much each feature will cost – if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It should also include clear information about what you can expect from the work that will be done and who’s responsible for particular tasks such as project management, fixing bugs and making updates. With any luck, the contract will be flexible enough to allow for changes that arise if needed since these could still result in additional costs which could end up being much higher than expected if left unresolved.
When it comes to making your choice of software development company final, you should always make sure you view a demo of their bespoke software before agreeing anything with them. This gives you the chance to make sure everything works as expected and find out about any potential compatibility issues with other systems you may already have in place. You should also ask for a list of references from existing customers who have used the company’s bespoke software in the past, and speak to them to gauge their opinion on quality of service and support.
How much it would cost you to build your own bespoke software?
Building your own bespoke software can be time-consuming and costly so you’d be better off choosing to work with an experienced team instead. If you were thinking about going it alone to save money, however, take note: unless you’re tech-savvy or IT-skilled yourself then attempting this could end up costing you more – not to mention taking up valuable time that could be spent elsewhere instead. Furthermore, since you don’t have access to any expertise outside of your own business, if something ever goes wrong then you’re going to need to pay somebody else to sort it out for you.
How long will it take?
Building bespoke software can take a relatively short or long amount of time depending on the complexity of the product being implemented. It’s always worth getting an idea about how much work is involved before committing yourself so you don’t end up paying over the odds due to increasing project scope further down the line. Our company generally aims to have all projects completed within six months but this may vary according to factors such as location and industry sector since these are sometimes beyond our control.
How much would this cost me?
For companies without existing IT support, costs vary depending on a number of factors such as location, industry sector and project scope. With that said, you shouldn’t expect to pay more than £25K on average due to the complex nature of bespoke software development. If you feel this is more costly than expected then try talking with us about any changes you’d like making before starting work so we can come up with a solution together.
The benefits of bespoke software for your business can be numerous if the software is carefully specified developed correctly and implemented well. Contact us for more info.