With the rise of IT in the new business models development, the ability of the business to have the best software tools at its disposal comes into sharp focus. Their design, development, follow-on revision, scaling — all these challenges are successfully met by a customized approach to the creation of software solutions. It has been used successfully in the past and is becoming a trend today again.
What is Customer Software Development
Unlike bundles and open-source solutions, custom software provided by a custom software development company is designed and developed according to the individual demands of each specific customer. The development of such software products starts from scratch and is done in direct contact with customers and/or end-users at all stages.
Investment in custom software is one of the most promising managerial decisions: In the short term, such software tools help to solve current company problems, reduce costs, increase the staff productivity and performance of the equipment, and also contribute to the growth of business profitability and make it competitive.
Today, banks, telecom operators, and retail are becoming the digitalization leaders and the main consumers of custom software. In general, experts highlight the following advantages of custom solutions.
Custom software uses the most innovative and modern IT know-hows which solve specific company tasks and problems. A qualified development team easily meets all the customer’s requirements. First, the main aim of such cooperation is maximizing the performance of the future software product and providing its full compatibility with the company’s business model. You as a customer can be sure that after work completion, you will be the only owner of the solution, with a 100% guarantee that none of the competitors has such software.
Because of the special characteristics of custom software development, this process requires rather high initial costs. But despite this, custom solutions are profitable investments. The company doesn’t need to buy additional equipment, pay for licenses, and also pay for useless features which load all cut-and-dried solutions with.
This is why custom software provides more significant and long-term benefits than off-the-shelf solutions.
Due to their ‘universality’, cut-and-dried solutions are more vulnerable to harmful effects because of their general availability. Custom software is focused on the particular customer’s requirements and the work in a specific company. By default, custom solutions provide a higher level of protection.
Modern companies often change their line of activity adapting to rapidly changing market trends. Off-the-shelf software is often not scalable which makes them ineffective. Custom software is developed taking into account projected changes and tasks the business will face in the future.
It means that custom solutions develop together with the business. When investing in cut-and-dried solutions, a company is in one way or another dependent on their developers. After developing custom software, a company becomes its full-fledged owner and cooperates with a developing team that provides support for the solution, expands or optimizes its functionality as required, and adapts it to changing business realities.
Full Technical Support
Custom software offers reliable technical support from the team that has been involved in the application development from the beginning. Thanks to their excellent understanding of the custom solution, developers will always help to solve any issues that might arise during the further use of the solution.
What Makes Customer Software Development Successful?
So what is necessary for a successful custom development project?
- A thorough approach to the design of the architecture of the final solution
In the beginning, you need to determine development standards, choose the best combination of solution components and technology. Don’t skimp on qualified IT architects. This helps to avoid issues with the performance, scalability, and speed of the future solution.
- Correct selection of IT infrastructure required for the project tasks
You should be able to allocate hardware capabilities, have reliable and efficient means of porting the code, and run regression tests of the written code.
- Correct process management
To avoid chaos and failed investor expectations, use all the advantages of the agile approach.
- Take into account the human element
It is difficult to get at your disposal a qualified team. You always need to include time for team mobilization and building effective contractor management processes.