In today’s competitive environment, especially in developed countries like the UK, software is the new currency for success. Using software to differentiate products and services is the new norm. Today, many successful businesses have taken this approach to win customers and outgrow their competition.
Once way to differentiate a business, service or a product is to develop a bespoke software solution that allows the business to offer something different than the competition. The bespoke software solutions do not have to be a client or customer facing, it can be something which helps the back office staff fulfill the customer request for a product or a service faster and/or better than the competition.
The process of developing a bespoke software solution often starts with a need to develop a bespoke database, which can store the business data in an easily accessible format. The few first steps involve creating a requirements document which describes the business objectives for developing the software and the core features and functions expected from the same.
There is often a misconception that developing bespoke software will be expensive. Nowadays because of advancement in technology and availability of rapid application development tools, developing a bespoke software solution does not have to be expensive and sometimes can be far less than the cost of buying COTS (commercial off the shelf software).
When comparing the cost between COTS and a bespoke software solution, once need to take into account the various advantages and disadvantages offered by both types of software. There are no one-size fits all rule when it comes to software and one needs to evaluate both carefully.
Another option here is to consider a best of both approaches i.e. buying COTS software and then filling the gaps between the business requirements by developing bespoke software modules as add-on modules. This approach has the potential to significantly reduce the investment required when compared with developing a bespoke software solution from ground-up.
Schnell solutions limited is bespoke software company which has won several awards for developing innovative bespoke software solutions for UK clients. Our unique approach to bespoke software development guarantees on-time and to budget project delivery.