What is custom software development?
When software is specifically designed to accommodate the needs of a person or group working for an organization, that is custom software development. Customer software differs from more generic software in that it targets the unique needs of a person or group within a company.
Is custom software development worth it?
Having software developed that meets the specific criteria of your company comes with certain disadvantages. Most importantly, it will be significantly more costly to purchase custom software than it would be to buy software that is made for a larger group of consumers because the latter allows for much cheaper prices due to a higher customer base. One thing to keep in mind is that any company should have a clear vision of the problem that custom software is meant to ameliorate before deciding to write out a check. Even when you’ve achieved clarity for this upcoming project, it’s also important to stay on track by not shifting the goal posts. While narrowing your focus is a difficult task, you’ll save time and money later by following a more “on rails” vision and seeing it through to the end.
In other words, software development can indeed be worth it. But having the philosophy of clear goals and sticking to them provides your project with a much needed foundation.
Software development vetting
You’ll most likely be courting the services of local software development companies, further narrowing the search by estimated cost and if the services provided will suit your needs. This process takes time, and if you’re worried about the money aspect, there’s always the freelance route. However, freelancers might not be as professional as long-standing development companies with established pedigrees, so it’s probably worth it to shell out a little extra for guaranteed satisfaction.
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