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Business Process, Software Development, Technology Strategy

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Benefits of Custom Software Development: Boost Your Productivity

Posted on May 1, 2024

By Jim Fosse

May 25, 2024

Businesses are becoming more diverse and complicated with each passing day. As a result, the traditional one-size-fits-all type of software might not be able to fulfill the requirements of a company. This off-the-shelf software might even slow down a unique business due to a lack of necessary customization. This is where the benefits of custom software development become apparent.

What Is Custom Software Development?

Developing custom software is similar to having a suit crafted entirely by the hands of a personal tailor. With a store-bought suit, you can’t dictate specific cuts or how many pockets it should have. Even if you alter or customize a store-bought suit, it never seems to achieve the “perfect fit.”

Custom software development is the same way. In this case, the development company is like your very own tailor. They would design and create business software specifically suited to the unique functions and demands of your organization. As a result, the software would be able to fulfill the expectations typical off-the-shelf software never could.

But why not buy software products and use the various plug-ins and integrations developers release? Well, that’s similar to adding pockets to a store-bought suit- they never feel or look quite right. Plus doing so can cost you big bucks. To better understand the benefits of custom software, it’s vital to have a high-level understanding of the custom software development process.

Dictate Your Requirements

The first step is stating your specific requirements to the development company. You need to define the specific company needs and business goals. At the same time, you have to consider the employees who will be using the software.

Your custom software should also be adaptable. In other words, it should be able to keep up with the forecasted growth of your business and integrate with various existing systems.

Blueprint For Your Software

Once the developers clearly understand your requirements they will start the designing process and come up with a prototype. The developers will usually use wireframes and mockups to help you visualize the final product. Depending on feedback they will proceed to full-scale development.

One of the most important aspects here is the UI/UX. Make sure the prototype has an interface that is pleasant, fast, and easy for your employees to navigate.

Development, Testing, and Deployment

The creators will use Laravel, C#, or some other popular coding language to write the software. Your contribution in this stage would be to provide them access to the company’s business database. Once they’re done, the developers will run an initial test to ensure all components are functioning as expected. Afterward, they will let your employees participate in User Acceptance Testing to see how well the software works for them.

If everything is okay they will finally go forward with the deployment of the custom software. This step sometimes requires data migration from older systems. A responsible company will also provide some basic training for the employees on how to use the software. Plus, you will receive ongoing support and maintenance for future issues and updates.

Why Do Businesses Need Custom Software Development?

There is an extensive list of reasons why a business requires custom software development. Most businesses turn to custom software when unprecedented business needs arise. Here are some other scenarios that might compel a company to seek the benefits of custom software development.

Unprecedented Business Processes

Custom Software becomes mandatory when the operations of a company become too unique to align with the workflow of available tools. Suppose a company has developed a proprietary manufacturing process for producing mobile phones. In this case, they would need to develop custom software that follows the flow of this unique manufacturing process.

Getting Ahead in the Game

All your competitors are using the same available business tools to run their operations. Which means the same limitations are holding everyone back. In this case, you can develop custom software that transcends these limitations. Thus, putting you ahead of the competition.

Maintain The Legacy

Some companies might want to keep using an older software system since it’s what they know best. Switching to a newer system might hamper their normal workflow and even bring down their existing IT infrastructure. However, such older systems are often too outdated to work with a newer business tool. In that case, you have to develop an alternative custom software compatible with the legacy system.

Adapt to Business Growth

Off-the-shelf software is designed with scalability in mind. However, it’s unlikely that they will be developed with the specific requirements of your growing business. Therefore, you will always be at risk of a complete system overhaul when your business becomes too big.

In comparison, custom software can be developed with this in mind from the very beginning. As a result, it will be effectively able to handle the increased workload, data, and customers without a drop in performance.

Avoid Legal Penalties

Depending on the industry you are in, there might be various strict regulatory requirements your company has to comply with. For example, reporting finances or guarding healthcare privacy. Regular software in the market might not be able to fulfill these requirements. Whereas, a specifically designed custom software can help you stay compliant.

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What Are The Benefits of Custom Software Development?

There are more than a handful of benefits of custom software development:

Long-term cost-effectiveness

It might seem costly to develop custom software in the initial stages. However, it will save a lot of money in the long term since you don’t have to pay subscription, license renewal, updating, and other fees.

Complete ownership

Custom software means it belongs to your company and no one else. As a result, you have complete control over updates, modifications, and other aspects of the tool.

Security

Data breaches are a major problem for companies. Custom software can be designed with enhanced security protocols to handle this problem. Plus, unlike off-the-shelf software, there is no third-party interference to worry about.

Automation, analytics, and reporting

You can design custom software to automate specific tasks suited to your company’s needs. Similarly, the analytics and reporting functions can be aligned to your unique business goals.

Ongoing support

Custom software development companies often provide full ongoing support after the initial deployment. In contrast, off-the-shelf software companies are less cordial about this.

Conclusion

You might think that opting for off-the-shelf software is quicker and cheaper. However, the benefits of custom software development greatly outweigh the initial costs and troubles. And in case of unique business requirements, there won’t be a choice but to go custom if you really want to achieve your unique goals and objectives. So, make the right decision and do what’s best for your company in the long term.

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level with software tailored to your specific needs, don’t hesitate to contact KDG. We specialize in creating custom software solutions, along with providing comprehensive maintenance and support to ensure your business operates smoothly and efficiently. Reach out to us today, and let’s build something great together.

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Jim joined KDG in 2022, offering a unique collage of technology experience spanning 20+ years between e-commerce and software solutions in the law enforcement industry.

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