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3 Reasons why you should opt for Custom Software Development Services  

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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Dawie Martins

Head of Client Success and Product Management

With an illustrious career spanning three decades, Dawie Martins has cultivated expertise in diverse technology-related businesses across various sectors, including Retail, Hospitality, and Consultancy. His journey, which has taken him from a developer's role to Product Management, uniquely positions Dawie to lead the charge in Customer Success and Product Management services for our clients. 

In his role as Head of Customer Success, Dawie operates at the intersection of commerce and technology. His mission is to ensure the seamless translation of commercial imperatives into highly effective software applications that not only meet but exceed the outcomes specified by our clients. 

For clients engaging SCAD Software to build applications destined for the market, Dawie and his team offer Fractional Product Management Services. They become invaluable partners in crafting and maintaining a product roadmap, assuming the mantle of the product champion within the client organization. This collaborative approach ensures that our clients' visions are realized efficiently and effectively. 

Dawie's wealth of experience and his dedication to driving success for our clients make him an indispensable part of SCAD Software's commitment to delivering excellence in every project we undertake. 

Shawn De Wet

Chief Technology Officer

Shawn De Wet brings to SCAD Software over two decades of unparalleled expertise in software systems delivery. His career exemplifies a relentless pursuit of problem-solving excellence and a commitment to end-user satisfaction, achieved through meticulous system architecture and design. Proficient in core enterprise ERP systems, Shaun's recent achievements stand as a testament to his prowess, including the conception and successful launch of two cutting-edge SaaS products on the robust Azure platform. 

While Shawn's professional accolades are impressive, his vitality extends beyond the confines of the office. An ardent lover of the outdoors, as evidenced by his passion for mountain biking, Shawn's dynamic and adventurous spirit infuses our technological endeavors with a fresh perspective and boundless energy. 

At SCAD Software, Shawn leads the charge in Operational Delivery of Client solutions. He heads the development team and works closely with our valued clients to ensure they realize their desired outcomes from our technology solutions. His commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is a driving force behind our success. 

Andy Fensham

Founder, Chief Architect

Andy Fensham's journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to reshape the software development landscape. With a background in global banking software consultancy, he founded SCAD Software in 1998 with a visionary goal – to address the mounting technical debt that was becoming a liability for businesses worldwide. 

Andy's unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen empowers our clients with pragmatic, robust software solutions that yield tangible results. Recognizing the risks posed by outdated software, he pioneered an innovative approach to custom software development, consistently delivering large-scale projects at an astonishing pace – 75% faster than traditional methods. 

Andy's dedication not only safeguards our clients' future but also cements SCAD Software's position as an industry trailblazer. He continues to lead our innovation roadmap, constantly seeking new ways to enhance our offerings with more examples of how we can turn “minutes to seconds”. 

Shaun Orpen

Group CEO

With an impressive career spanning over three decades in the Technology and Telecoms sectors, Shaun Orpen brings a wealth of experience to his role as Group CEO. His journey began with the groundbreaking entry of Microsoft Excel into the UK market, a stepping stone that eventually led him to play pivotal roles on the UK Executive Board during Microsoft's meteoric rise from £10 million to £1 billion in revenue. 

During his tenure at Orange, Shaun spearheaded the division responsible for catering to Small and Medium Businesses in the UK. Since then, he has continued to shape the success of a number of small and global technology enterprises, leveraging his strategic acumen and commercial leadership. 

Shaun's unwavering commitment to the convergence of technology and business is evident in his track record of elevating every organization he's been a part of. As the driving force behind SCAD Software's commercial endeavors, Shaun is leading our expansion across the UK, Europe, and the USA. 

His steadfast ethical stance, mirrored by his partner Andy Fensham, forms the bedrock of SCAD Software's principles, defining our approach to client interactions and business dealings. 

Stephen Moore


Stephen Moore's illustrious career speaks volumes about his leadership capabilities. With a rich background spanning diverse industries such as Retail, Events, Technology, Telecoms, and Media, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to craft and execute growth, differentiation, and exit strategies in highly competitive markets. 

As the visionary Founder/CEO of multiple successful ventures, Stephen has guided five companies from their inception to remarkable exits and IPOs, including the noteworthy £117 million listing of Expocentric Plc on Techmark 2000. His track record extends beyond entrepreneurship; he has played a pivotal role in over 40 companies as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman, Consultant, and Advisor, raising more than £85 million in private and public markets. 

What sets Stephen apart is his global perspective, cultivated through extensive work in the UAE, US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and EMEA. This international experience enriches SCAD Software's strategic direction, making him an invaluable asset in our mission to navigate the complex landscape of digital transformation and empower our clients to achieve enduring success.