Custom software development is the designing of software applications for a specific user or group of users within an organization. Such software is designed to address their needs precisely as opposed to the more traditional and widespread off-the-shelf software. Such software is typically created just for that specific entity by a third-party by contract or in-house group of developers and is not packaged for reselling. With IT64’s custom development process we will take you from concept to roll-out while maintaining your budget and delivering a reliable product.
The pros of custom software development
The benefit to custom software is the simple fact it provides features off-the-shelf software doesn’t. Designing an application with your organization’s needs in consideration implies an increased level of productivity.
If you have a software application designed to increase productivity or address an internal need, the cost of it is offset by the promise of increased efficiency. If your organization has a need unique enough to warrant for custom software, then customizing a solution rather than settling for an off-the-shelf application becomes a smart course of action.
The cons of custom software development
Whereas you can purchase an off-the-shelf software application for dollars, customized software requires significantly more resources to design and thus comes with an inherently high amount of costs and risks. When a business decides to begin development on custom software, it has to cover all costs associated with the development process. In the end, cost alone can amount to the five-figure range. Off-the-shelf software can afford a low price point because the cost is being distributed between many different users, whereas custom software is created for one user: your company.
The risks associated with custom software vary in accordance to the user being developed for. The purchasing company must have an in-depth understanding of their needs and how they want the end product to address that need. Identifying new needs during the development process isn’t uncommon, though it results in added costs as more development time and effort is required. The risk of frequent changes such as these can result in a loss of project scope, or scope creep as it’s called in the project management world, and can result in an end product different or insufficient to the original needs.
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