Choosing between an “out of the box” solution and custom software development for your business efficiency needs, can be a difficult decision. There is a great deal of time, resources, and interpersonal relationships at stake.
Here at LockData, we firmly believe that the latter, a product developed specifically with the needs of your organization in mind, is the ideal path in any situation. We exist to solve the operating dilemmas of organizations; such as yours and do so by discovering exactly what those dilemmas entail and combining our expertise of current technologies with your expertise of your business to rid you of those dilemmas. The following are the biggest reasons why we are passion about this path.
Endless List of Features
Having a set list of features that an existing product contains makes life easier in some respects. You do not have to take the time to dream up a feature list. Stuck with whatever is on the market. Taylor your business to the features that the market dictates. No pressure to dream up your ideal application. No pressure to ensure that everything necessary to make your business completely successful is included in the spec.
That’s one way to look at it. Another way is to be very excited that you have the opportunity to create an application that perfectly suits the needs of your business. That is being empowered.
Personalized Customer Service
When you speak to tech support at a ready-made product company, they have hopefully spent a great deal of time using said product. They know the bugs and how to work around them.
On the contrary, if tech support and developer are one and the same, we have a fantastic synergy of reinforcement.
In addition, an “out of the box” solution needs to be integrated with your existing systems. This can be very time consuming and most likely you will need third party assistance to guide you through the process. When a custom software development company is involved, they have the know how to interface the software they are creating with your existing applications. They will design the new application to ensure a seamless transition.
An Extension of your Existing Team at a Lower Cost
Hiring new employees is very costly. Anyone who’s ever done it knows that. Hiring a custom development team is like gaining several new employees with exactly the right expertise to get the job done. And only for a short period of time.
No need to worry about costly training.
While the costs associated with developing a custom application are higher than purchasing a ready-made product, the long term benefits of the former are much much greater and more valuable.
What are your experiences with implementing new software and applications into your business operations? Have you ever been involved in a custom software development project? Please share in the comments below.