Custom Software vs. Off-the-Shelf Solutions


It can be tempting to stalk the aisles of your local electronics store looking for a quick fix, but are you really getting the most out of your dollar with an out-of-the-box solution? If you’re looking for a software program or app to solve a problem for your business, consider your options before investing a dime.

The Software Dilemma

Whether it’s an accounting issue, a record-keeping problem, or you’re just looking to technology to make your job easier overall, there comes a time when every business owner needs the help of a software solution. If you’re in this predicament, you have two options: buy an off-the-shelf software package or talk with a developer about creating a custom software solution.

An off-the-shelf solution is likely going to be cheaper and take less time to implement at your business than a custom software solution. However, a software program or mobile app that’s designed to suit your exact needs will solve your business’s unique problem perfectly. So which do you choose?

Finding the Right Fit

Choosing the right software solution is like completing a jigsaw puzzle. If you choose an off-the-shelf product, it’s inevitably going to come with some features you don’t need. Also, you might be lucky enough to find a product that has four out of the five features you do want, but rarely does a single product solve every technological need you want to fill. As you’re sorting through the available software pieces to complete your picture, you’ll find some products that are too big, some that are too small, and others that you have to bend, manipulate, and flat out bite chunks out of to make fit.

When you opt for a custom software solution, you’ll have a team of software experts measuring every nook and cranny of your problem to make sure the solution they deliver fits just right. Custom software solutions allow you to pick and choose which features you want and exclude what you don’t need. You can also customize the user interface to match your company’s branding. When the final product is delivered, you’ll have the opportunity to give your software engineers feedback so they can make the final tweaks necessary for your software solution to blend seamlessly with your operations.

You Get What You Pay For

Most business owners try multiple off-the-shelf software programs before finding one that’s at least in the ballpark of what they need. That’s wasted money and wasted time. Do it right the first time and spring for the custom software solution. While a custom software solution may have a bigger sticker price than your average pre-made software-in-a-box, a custom solution is the only way to ensure you’re maximizing your efficiency on the job. When you factor in the value of your time and productivity, a custom software solution will save you thousands of dollars.

If you’re looking for a particular software or mobile app to help your business reach its goals, we’ll create a custom application tailored to your exact needs. Tell us about your problem and we’ll offer a custom solution today.