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Bespoke Software Advantages and Disadvantages

By November 30, 2018 No Comments

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When it comes to running your business processes, you have two options. You can use off-the-shelf software or a customised software solution. Each of them come with a set of pros and cons and it’s up to you to decide which solution to invest in.

Startups tend to navigate towards ready-made software just because it’s the more affordable option but we’re here to give you all the facts. So before you make that decision, have a look below at the advantages and disadvantages of customised software.

Advantages

Tailor Made to Suit Your Business Needs
Every business is different which is why a one-size-fits-all approach for software typically doesn’t work. It is possible to create custom software that is specific to your business needs that will make your employee tasks easier and more time-efficient.

Easy to Add Functionality
As your business grows, so does your software needs. With custom software, your developer can easily add functions and features that will help you get the job done efficiently.

No Compatibility Issues
When you use more than one predesigned software solutions you risk getting stuck with compatibility issues. Custom software eliminates any chance of that.

Support and Software Training
With custom software comes continuous support and software training provided by your developer. There’s nothing as frustrating as trying to troubleshoot an error or holding on for days for customer service because you bought international software.

Disadvantages

It Can Be Expensive

Custom software will cost you more than off-the-shelf software but only at first. In the long run, however, it will be the most cost-effective choice. This is because as your business expands, you’ll have to invest in more software solutions, costing you more money. In many cases, various software packages aren’t compatible and you’ll end up having to develop custom software anyway.

For more information about how customised application software can benefit your business, get in touch with Netgen today.