What is Custom Software?
By David Adress
President, Bitochon Technologies
Custom software is a website or computer program created specifically for a company/business or another user. This custom software belongs to you (or your company) and you alone. On the other hand if you buy non-custom software, also known as off-the-shelf software, it can be used by anyone who wishes to purchase it from the developer.
When it comes to custom software, the rights belong to you. There is no limit to how many users are using that particular software and no additional fee needs to be paid. Because it is developed for a single client, it is made to cater the expectations and preferences of that particular customer.Software and website development is a stage-by-stage process. This gives the client the chance to add or remove anything which they may not require or like.
While custom software is best served for large companies, they can also beneficial for small & medium businesses. Large organizations have multiple departments and employees which require that whatever software they use, should be perfectly in-sync with the company’s requirements. It can make the company’s operations easy and simple. It helps eliminate issues related to:
- Repetitive tasks
- Information sharing
- Sensitive data
- Big data
When it comes to custom software development, it is considered expensive when compared to non-custom software. This may not be true because there are many reputable custom software development firms that provide such services at affordable prices. Having custom software made specifically for an organization/company often requires the firm to dedicate a lot of time and energy into the development of that specific software. It is like building a house on a strong foundation and if it is done properly then it can be done quickly, affordably and maintain high quality.
Custom software development is ideal for companies that want to have their critical function’s made easy and quick. These include:
- Human Resource Management
- Customer/Client Management
- Inventory Management
- Content Management
- Accounts Management
There are hundreds of software systems out there that can perform almost anything you will ever require of software. So would anyone want custom software? The reason is simple; those software may do almost everything that you need but when it comes to running a business, almost is not good enough. You need something that does exactly what you want it to do. Non-custom software serves a generalized purpose, something that makes it difficult to fulfill your exact requirements. Some key aspects of note of custom software are:
- Designed and developed specifically for your company
- It is owned by you, not the developer
- Ability to integrate features from other software
- Upgradeable with flexibility
- Development tools used are industry standard
One of the most common products of custom software is a website. Website development in New York has become very important since most people use the internet for shopping and browsing for their needs. Custom software brings with it numerous advantages; allowing companies and individuals to do more in less time.