3 Reasons why you should opt for Custom Software Development Services  

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If you’re shopping around for new custom software development services, you know how complicated the process can be.  

The buying journey can be overwhelming, from too-good-to-be-true promises to exorbitant price tags. Couple that with the fact that none of the solutions on the market does exactly what you need, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for frustration. 

Luckily, you don’t have to rely on existing solutions and services. You can opt for custom software development processes that give you what you need, when and how you want it. And it is much more affordable than you might have imagined. 

Read on to learn more about why you should choose custom software development services.  

What is the need for custom software?  

Whilst a packaged Software Solution may be easy to buy and affordable, unfortunately there are many occasions where they just do not fit your business processes and you end up with a “round peg in a square hole”. 

Custom software development services meet the needs of businesses across all sectors as they can grow with you. When you select an out-of-the-box packaged software solution, you’re hampered by a software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreement that doesn’t offer you flexibility.  

Custom or bespoke software allows you to contract for your needs today and tomorrow with custom enterprise software development.  

In addition to increased flexibility, custom software development solutions can also be more affordable in the long run. While the upfront price may seem high, lower ongoing subscription services ultimately save you in the long run. Plus, the fact that you’re gaining a solution tailored to your exact needs means that your long-term return on investment (ROI) will be much higher.  

What are the things to consider when opting for Custom Development?  

When choosing among custom software developers, you should consider the three following things:  

Define current and future needs  

Before selecting a custom software development services provider, you must ensure that they understand your current processes and how you would like to change them. By clarifying your ‘as is’ as well as ‘desired’ processes – ensures they truly understand your needs.  

Consider Client Referral 

Many custom software development companies have reference clients whom you can speak with before making your decision. If possible, select a client in a similar industry to hear about their experiences, takeaways, implementation, and outcomes. 

Understand the Custom Software Development Services Pricing Model 

Every custom software development company is different, so ensure you have a thorough understanding of all expenditures down the road.  

This should include building the software, maintaining it for you (unless you plan to do this yourself) and potentially the cost of future updates and enhancements. 

This way, you can stay on-budget and avoid any unwanted surprises. We would also suggest you aim to get a fixed price quotation with payments against specific deliverables. 

3 Reasons why you should always opt for custom software development services conclusion 

Regardless of what industry you’re in, selecting custom software development services can drastically change the way your organization operates.  

  1. Tailored to your business – Just about every business has become a technology business. Can you afford to run your business on software that doesn’t reflect your business processes? We see many examples of the “tail waging the dog” in other words businesses and business processes are constrained by the technology they are using. If you can find packaged software that does meet your requirements then all is well and good. I would suggest that for your core business, it is essential to have software that delivers your business processes in the most optimal fashion. 
  1. You drive the agenda and timeframe for updates – One of the major challenges of Packaged Software is that you have little or no input as to what appears in future releases. With bespoke software, you define both the frequency of updates as well as the content, ensuring that as your business changes, your technology compliments and facilitates the new processes. 
  1. Better Return on Investment – We would urge all customers who are considering moving towards Custom software to look carefully at the return on investment over a multi-year period. Unless you can find the perfect packaged software solution that exactly maps to your core business, you may well find that Bespoke solutions will deliver a better ROI. As mentioned above, you will have an upfront cost to build, however, thereafter your maintenance and ongoing costs may well lower and if it mirrors your business processes should deliver higher productivity and output as a result.  

One caveat to watch out for is that if you are using a technology or programming language in the development of your application that goes end of life quickly, you may end up having to re-invest in the refactoring of that application to a new platform.  

This is one area, that SCAD Software can protect its clients. Our unique approach of using metadata and not traditional programming languages is that we future-proof our clients from going end of life due to technology changes. If a new technology comes along that we want to take advantage of, it is a simple job for SCAD Software to create a small translation plugin for all our customers to use that new technology. This will have a big impact on reducing the total cost of ownership over a multi-year period. 

When you partner with SCAD Software, not only do you gain the highest caliber of custom software development, but also a fixed price. While some custom software development companies may spend many months or years on development, we offer schedules that meet your real needs. As our business model is based on delivery milestones, we have every incentive to deliver as fast as we can. 

To learn more about how SCAD Software can meet your custom software needs, contact us today 

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