Custom Software Development vs. Packaged Software Solution

The Magic of Custom Software Development

After 15 years in custom software development, I still marvel at the creative process of turning ideas into working software. If you’re in the market for business software, or think you might need a custom application, this article will help you understand how custom software is developed, what to look for in a consulting partner, and what is required of you and your team to ensure success.

Do I Need Custom Software?

To evaluate whether you’re in need of custom software development, ask yourself these four questions:

  • Do I have a critical business application that I don’t trust? For example, a financial application where the numbers aren’t accurate, an application that frequently errors out, an application where data is “lost,” or an application that slows down your business process are all signs that you could benefit from a new system.
  • Do I have critical business processes that are being done manually? If so, automation of those processes can oftentimes make the business more efficient and profitable.
  • Do I have critical business processes that only one person knows due to complexity? This is a risk to your business that can be mitigated by reducing complexity of your processes and supporting software.
  • Do you have a software product that is not fully understood? Perhaps due to the coding being done by different programmers over time, then leaving the company.

Once you have determined that you are in need of business software, Tribridge can help you determine whether your needs can be met by packaged software or if custom software development is a better approach. Some businesses have such unique business processes that custom software development is the only way to go. On the other hand, it may be more cost effective, especially if you’re in a highly regulated industry, to bend your business processes to fit in with the processes used in a packaged solution.

Stay tuned for our next blog post on custom software development for details on how custom software is developed and what to look for in a consulting partner.

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