Weighing the Pros and Cons of Custom Software Solutions

Sometimes, off-the-shelf solutions are not going to work.

When it comes to software decisions, if it is possible to get everything you need in a pre-packaged solution, then use it.  However, it is not uncommon that the one size fits all solution doesn’t work for an organization.

Every organization is unique. It is in the uniqueness where the competitive advantage lies. You want to leverage this advantage against your competition, and relying solely on off-the-shelf software may not get you there. If your competitors are using custom software solutions, they may be taking advantage of unique opportunities.

So, what is custom software?

In a recently published article entitled, “What is Custom Software Development?” author and expert, Ryan Goodrich, writes:

“Custom software development is the designing of software applications for a specific user or group of users within an organization,” adding that such software is designed to address their needs precisely as opposed to the more traditional and widespread off-the-shelf software. “Such software is typically created just for that specific entity by a third-party by contract or in-house group of developers and is not packaged for reselling.”

We are living in a golden age of packaged software, but there’s still a strong role for custom software in virtually every organization.

“The benefit to custom software is the simple fact it provides features off-the-shelf software doesn’t. Designing an application with your organization’s needs in consideration implies an increased level of productivity,” Goodrich writes.

One of the cons in implementing custom software, Goodrich suggests, is that customized software requires significantly more resources to design and thus comes with an inherently high amount of costs and risks. “When a business decides to begin development on custom software, it has to cover all costs associated with the development process,” he writes.

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