There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right software for your business. One of the main decisions you need to make is whether to go for bespoke software or an off-the-shelf product.
All businesses require some form of software nowadays, from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, to Content Management Software (CMS); the options are well and truly endless. In this post, we will explore all of the reasons why bespoke software may be the right choice to make.
What is bespoke software?
Bespoke software is entirely custom-made. When it comes to bespoke software, the solution is tailored precisely to your business’s requirements. It delivers what you need now and gives you the flexibility to grow in the future, whether this is for visual project management, financial management, managing customer relationships, or anything else.
This ensures a much higher level of efficiency. You can be sure that you will use all of the software’s features, and no aspects of it will be redundant. It also means that you have the perfect platform for expansion in the future, as your software solution will never hold you back.
You could find that this gives you a competitive edge because no one else has the same software as you, and this will have a positive impact on productivity levels and customer satisfaction.
Why should you choose bespoke software?
The main reason business owners turn to off-the-shelf products is because they believe they are much cheaper. However, you can save money in the long run with bespoke software. If you own the software, you won’t have to worry about paying any added per-user fees as your company expands and progresses. With off-the-shelf software solutions, you often paying extra fees month after month.
You can also improve your levels of security. Hackers will be less likely to attack your system, as custom software is much more difficult for them to exploit. To get into it, they will have to make a considerable effort to learn how to breach the system.
How do you use bespoke software?
You’ll find that bespoke software is a lot easier to use. This is because it is designed to work the way you work. It matches your working practices with optimal precision, which in turn means there will be fewer errors while less supervision will be required. The quality will improve at the same time.
You can also integrate the software solution with any other packages you are currently using to enhance efficiency levels. On the other hand, off-the-shelf products are rigid, inflexible, and can often have a detrimental impact on quality and productivity.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits that are associated with bespoke business software. However, this is only going to be right in some situations. You do not need to go bespoke all of the time. So, it is all about considering your needs and whether bespoke software is going to be suitable for it.
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.