Custom Software or Off-The-Shelf Solution?

 Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Custom Software or Off-The-Shelf Solution?

If you are a smart business owner, chances are you have already realized the importance of embracing next-gen technologies and software solutions. While off the shelf, with quick deployment can sometimes be an easy solution option, it can also lead to a disaster, when your features aren’t available, the flexibility isn’t there or even worse, starting over; which would be going back to the custom option, wasting more time and money. Our advice, if you are serious about your business, build your software to match your needs and grow with you.

Using advanced tech solutions is an ideal way to streamline work operations and stay more efficient and productive. However, when you plan to implement a software system, you are up with two options; to buy an off-the-shelf solution, or get custom software tailored to your business requirements.

If you are planning to invest in a software system, here are a few points suggesting how choosing a customized software can make your life easier- 

Custom Software is Personalized to Your Business

This is the BENCHMARK benefit of opting for a custom software solution. 

When you plan to invest in off-the-shelf software, you may have to adjust your business operations as per the software features. However, in the case of custom software, you are getting exactly what you need – the exact answer to everything your company needs, specifically designed to integrate with your practices.

Competitive Gain

If you implement a tool that is available online, any of your competitors can easily buy and use it. You get no competitive advantage of your investment. 

To outmatch your market competition, you need something that cannot be replicated easily and isn’t accessible to all. If your business employs a custom software that is uniquely tailored to your needs and operations, none of your competitors will be able to replicate it or will have an identical approach to their workflow. 

Integrates with Existing System

A major problem faced by firms while opting for an off-the-shelf solution is integrating it with their existing system. 

New software available in the market is mostly developed to integrate with the common platforms so they can sell more. In such cases, you might need to make modifications to your existing system, which will make things more complicated. Instead, opting for a customized solution is the best way as it can perfectly integrate with your existing system and make your operations more organized and streamlined. 

High Security

Off-the-Shelf software is easily available in the market and can be purchased by anyone. 

Considering the cybersecurity, potential hackers can easily acquire such software and know the ins and outs before launching an attack. You wouldn’t like to see your business information getting hacked or compromised. If you choose to invest in a custom software solution, you will eliminate its familiarity with other software and can have a more secure system to work with.

No Unwanted Updates

Working on a system makes you very familiar with its operations. However, when that system suddenly gets updated, you come across new and modified adjustments which might be irritating at times. When you opt for custom software solutions, you control your software, and nothing will change till you want it to!

Scaled to Your Business Needs

If you want your software to stay up with your business growth, it should scale as that growth occurs. A custom software solution can enable you to make immediate adjustments to meet your increased needs. You just have to inform your software development firm about your new needs and they will work with you to upgrade the software in line with your requirements.

Walibu - Shells Point Developers can help you design, develop, and maintain a fully custom software tailored to your business needs. To get started with a custom software package in El Dorado Hills, Folsom or anywhere on the globe for that matter, email us at team@walibu.com.

Feel free to reach out to us if you are aiming to improve the performance of your business operations. Our team will be happy to help you expand your business. 

We look forward to helping you soon!


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