Is Custom Software Development Right for You?
My industry has extremely strict security and privacy regulations.
Several industries collect and utilize both personal and financial information. Some notable industries that operate under this methodology are finance, healthcare, and real estate. Although this sensitive personal information is often well protected, if that information gets into the wrong hands, it could not only destroy the customer’s lives but ruin your business as well.
To comply with both customer expectations and industry regulations, you need the right software in the right place. Off-the-shelf software applications are often a big target for hackers. So if you choose to use it, your data can be at risk. Customized software solutions can address the strict privacy and security requirements of your business.
I have industry-specific needs that off-the-shelf software doesn’t address.
No matter how great it might be, every off-the-shelf app platform has its limits. In reality, many industries simply do not have off-the-shelf software that can meet their actual needs and accelerate project workflow. For example, construction, retail, education, healthcare, and large-scale food service and catering companies all struggle with the same issues.
For service companies, cross-department interaction on project delivery and bids creates additional, unique challenges. The roundabout solution typically involves collections of spreadsheets, documents, databases, and invoices. All the functionality you need can be streamlined into a single place through custom app development services, allowing your business to operate more efficiently.
I’m on a tight budget.
Although it may not seem like it, off-the-shelf software platforms can ultimately be much more costly than custom application development. Since off-the-shelf software is usually charged annually or for individual license fees, the overall expense can rise quickly. The larger your company is and the more users there will be, the more likely it is that custom app development would be the correct choice for you.
I use way too many applications every day.
Using a large number of business applications can be very overwhelming. Several companies frequently add more business applications to their productivity stack, so numbers continue to rise. Even worse, a lot of these applications can not be integrated. If you find integrations within your existing business applications are critical, custom application development just might be the right idea for you.
Scalability is (or might be) a problem for us.
It’s standard to use workarounds for a while to keep your new business up and running. However, as your business grows, your needs will change, and those changes can be pretty dramatic. As your business grows and gets busier, workarounds ultimately cost you money, time, and energy. With the help of custom applications, you can scale up or down, offering flexibility when you need it most.
I need my software to work a certain way forever.
When you choose to buy an off-the-shelf software solution, you’re choosing to build the foundation of your business on software made by someone else. The company can readily change its software at any time, try something new, or even (unfortunately) go out of business. This kind of issue can leave a lasting impact on your company. If you have specific software standards that drive your daily business operations, creating your own custom-built application could be a game-changing strategy for your business.