Businesses that have software custom-developed for them often have an edge, with software designed to their needs rather than the other way around.
Businesses with unique needs benefit from custom software designed, deployed, and maintained for that business’ specific use and functionality. Customer software is designed to improve productivity, efficiency, and customer interactions.
While you can use off-the-shelf software immediately or after a brief setup, and it can be customizable to a certain extent, it cannot fully meet your unique business needs. It also might not integrate with your existing infrastructure. Custom software can take months to develop, but designers will create it to meet your specific business needs and ensure that it integrates with your existing infrastructure.
Here are six benefits of developing custom software. Read on to see if this might be a good option for your business:
1. Built to suit your unique needs
Every business has needs that no one else has. Your software should be designed to meet those specific needs. Designing custom software for your business ensures that all the features and functionality you need to streamline your business processes to increase efficiency and productivity are included. Custom software also allows your business to grow more easily by making sure that your software is compatible with any existing systems or software you might have.
2. Scale your business better
Every business owner dreams of expanding. This means adding new products or including new features to existing products. Off-the-shelf software is not always designed to support efficiently scale your business up. When software needs to be updated or expanded to meet your needs, bugs and errors can occur, which results in a loss of productivity and customer satisfaction.
Custom software can be designed to allow for growth, enabling you to grow your business without worrying about bugs and disruptions to business.
3. Return on investment
While custom software costs more up-front, there is a greater and faster return on investment. Off-the-shelf software often comes with a license. If you plan to grow your business, the cost of these licenses can grow over time, and you often end up paying for features you don’t need or use. With custom software, you have the initial cost of development and then occasional costs to maintain or update this software without having to worry about licenses or purchasing additional equipment.
4. Improve productivity and employee satisfaction
Off-the-shelf software that does not meet all your business needs or does not integrate well with other software can lead to disruptions, which results in lower employee productivity and frustration. Custom software that meets your business needs can make it easier for employees to do their jobs, leading to higher rates of productivity and a greater sense of job satisfaction.
5. Compatibility with existing systems
While many off-the-shelf products are designed to integrate with other systems, this process is not seamless, especially during updates. This can lead to downtime and loss of productivity and customer satisfaction. Custom software is designed to integrate effortlessly with other systems, including updates to newer systems or versions without costly downtime or employee and customer frustration. Do you use or want to use SaaS or cloud computing for your business needs? We can help you do that!
6. Access to continuous tech support
No software is perfect, and problems are bound to arise at some point. Off-the-shelf software often only comes with minimal support; even for larger companies, the wait time to speak with support can be long. Buying custom software means that you have access to a dedicated team of IT professionals who will respond quickly to any issues that arise and can update your systems. This leads to minimal downtime and keeps your business running smoothly.
7. Collect and manage large amounts of data
Even small companies collect large amounts of data, such as employee data, customer data, and product or service data. Managing that data and integrating it so that it can be useful is a challenge, especially as a business grows and you collect even more data.
Custom software can be designed to help you integrate all the data that is important to you to help you make better decisions for your business.
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Speak with a Kovair specialist today to see if we can help you design custom software to meet your unique business needs! Call us at +1.408.262.0200 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also click here to schedule a live demo.