Custom business software is a solution that is specifically designed and written to fit the way your business works. It includes exactly what you need — and only what you need – with no bells and whistles to distract or confuse people.
Custom designed software means you don’t need to change the way you operate to fit a software package.
If you’re like most people, it’s difficult to visualize and understand exactly what custom software systems are, and that’s because custom software is different for everyone who uses it.
What Custom Business Software is NOT
To understand custom software, it helps to compare it to its opposite, which is off-the-shelf software.
What is off-the-shelf software?
At the low end, single-purpose off-the-shelf software may cost just a few dollars each month for an online subscription. At the high end, you may spend millions for enterprise software packages.
Implementing a high-end, cross-departmental software package requires time and expertise. That means you pay for:
Building a custom software application is a lot like building a home.
Before you invest in a home, you think about how you’ll use it. Do you need more space for entertaining, cooking, or sleeping? Less space to maintain?
For your software package, you identify your business goals and design the software to meet them. Do you need immediate access to sales results? Tighter control of quality?
When you buy a new house, you look at shortcomings of your current residence and plan for the new home to address these.
Once you have identified your requirements, you work with architects and designers to produce a set of blueprints so that your new home meets your expectations and building regulations.
For your custom software, you identify the business problems that you want the application to address. Are you running your business with uncontrolled and complex spreadsheets or a difficult–to-use legacy system? Is your team wasting hours on tedious, error-prone non-value-added tasks like redundant data entry?
For your software system, business analysts and system architects prepare your system design document, which is the blueprint for your new custom-designed software.
Once you get your plans, you don’t go to your local building supply store, order what you need, and start building the house yourself. You work with an expert who has built homes in the past, someone who has learned the trade through training and experience.
To build your software system, you want experienced system architects, designers, project managers, software developers, and testers with a proven track record of delivering custom software solutions on time and on budget.
DragonPoint can work with you to identify your business needs, clarify your improvement opportunities, and review your alternatives. Using our 30+ years of experience providing custom software solutions, we can help you compare custom vs. off-the-shelf options so you can make the right software decision for your business.
Some possible solutions include:
The proven steps in the DragonPoint Software development methodology include:
DragonPoint Software is a Florida-based custom business software solutions company that helps businesses all over the world to improve their efficiency. Call 321-631-0657 today to schedule your free one-hour consultation. Let’s figure out together whether there’s an opportunity for you to meet your business goals with a better software solution.
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