Software applications that are designed and created especially for a certain user or group of users within an organization are products of custom software development. In contrast to the traditional software these software are designed to specifically address the needs of the organization. They are solely created for that group of people by a software company or a group of developers within the organization and are not sold to the market.
Traditional software are packaged software applications that are made available to everyone with different, but (at the same time) similar needs. Take for instance, Microsoft Excel is created and made for the public as a solution to everyone’s needs. However, it doesn’t cater to the needs that are specific to one organization compared to that of custom software.
Customized software development, on the other hand, involves the employment, development, and release of the software application to the organization. Take for example, an application designed for IBM will only be utilized by that company for which it is specifically designed. The software is created based on the company’s goals and implementation, thus it will only work for them.
The main advantage of the custom software is the mere fact that it’s able to provide features that traditional applications cannot. Creating an application according to the needs of the company will generate increased productivity among its workers. The cost of such development may be high but it can be offset by the assurance of increased efficiency. However, note that this should only be the course of action to take when the needs of the organization is unique and big enough to warrant for a customized software.
The downside of this application, however, is that it would require a significant amount of resources to create; thus, it comes with relatively high costs and risks. If the company designs to begin the software development, it needs to cover the costs associated with the development process. In conclusion, its cost would amount to a five-figure dollar range.
The risk that comes with developing customized software will differ according to the organization’s needs. The company must have an in-depth understanding of their organizational problems and how they want the software to address them. Note that identifying new problems during process is common, although it would only result to added costs since (more often than not) changes will be made; thus there is an increase need for time and effort.
Choosing a company that will develop the software for your company can be a very tedious and difficult task to do. Most of the small and large businesses need to look for small companies that will bid for the work, and then choose the company that will promise them a reasonable price and a high quality service. It is important to note that choosing a developer should never be about the money. Instead, it should be about how flexible they are, their willingness to work with you, and how they will be able to give your company what it needs.