Many businesses, especially those in their start-up stages can run smoothly using off-the-shelf software, until their operations start to grow and their processes start to get too complicated for commercial off-the-shelf products to handle. Growth should always be a welcome change for businesses, especially if you want to maximise its potential. Once a business grows or experiences some changes, off-the-shelf software may leave your infrastructure with holes that only a custom system can fill. While it is true that you don't always need bespoke software to run a successful, profitable business, it is also important to remember that for a business to grow, you need to embrace certain changes and employ improved systems to reach even bigger goals. To determine whether you need a custom software development or not, ask yourself the following questions:
• Are there any changes that need to be made in our business processes?
• Could processes be improved by speeding up operations through automation or by replacing some outdated programs and applications?
• Could processes be more flexible?
• Are there any departmental connections that can be improved by employing integration?
• Are we spending unneeded money for the same operations done across satellite offices?
• Is the business unique from competition in terms of specific processes?
• Is the off-the-shelf software currently in use customised in some way to make processes work in the business?
If you answered affirmative to one or more of these questions, then it might be the perfect time to consider custom software development for your business. Look for a company that has experienced and skilled developers who have worked with businesses or organizations that have the same nature of work as yours. This will guarantee their competitiveness in enhancing your program. Working with unqualified or inexperienced developers will only give you more headaches in the long run, especially when the final software produced causes more problems than providing you with a streamlined solution to take care of your business. You need a group of programmers who has a deep understanding of back-end functionality, not just the front-end of the application. It is also important that you find a developer that designs and produces programs in a methodical manner so problems and issues can be detected early on in the developmental stages and not when the system is already deployed and running—which can cost you more in the long run.
About the Author:
This article is written by Jignesh Vaducha who is the Managing Director at Schnell Solutions Limited. He works closely with Schnell's customer around the globe on their IT transformation and modernisation initiatives with a specific focus on developing bespoke software applications. Under his leadership, Schnell offers various services viz. Bespoke Software Development and Consulting, Mobile App, IT Audit, Ebase Xi and other services which focus on Integration and Automation. Prior to working for Schnell, Jignesh was a key member of the Software AG UK Government team responsible for creating and delivering innovative service transformation and security solutions.