Custom software development vs Off-the-shelf software
What is custom software development?
Custom software development is the process of designing, developing, and deploying software that caters to a specific set of users, processes, and business requirements. Also known as bespoke software, it is focused on defined requirements and helps to achieve a competitive edge for your unique business needs.
What is off-the-shelf software?
Off-the-shelf software is ready-made software that can be readily rolled out for immediate use by a mass audience. It comes with well-rounded solutions and features to streamline business operations at a faster pace, and acts like a one-size-fits-all solution to a broad spectrum of common problems.
|Instant availability||Business-specific features||Quick implementation||Scalable to business needs||Seamless integration||Support & maintenance||Long term cost-efficiency||Enhanced security||Low upfront cost||Competitive advantage|
|Custom Software||Off-the-shelf Software|
|Scalable to business needs|
|Support & maintenance|
|Long term cost-efficiency|
|Low upfront cost|
Custom Software vs Off-the-Shelf
Choosing between custom software development & off-the-shelf software
Custom Software Development
No one-size fits all.
It’s always better to seek expert advice.
Cost of building the software
Making the decision between custom software development or off-the-shelf software can be a daunting task, but it’s important to consider the cost-effectiveness of each option.
Off-the-Shelf Software is a quick and affordable solution.
Custom Software Development is tailored, but cost-effective in the long run.
The cost-effectiveness of each option will depend on your specific business requirements and goals. However, investing in a custom software solution will provide you a unique competitive advantage that will unlock bigger opportunities.
Successful software cost estimation requires expertise and understanding of industrial factors.
Moving to Custom Software Development
Switching to custom software doesn’t have to mean breaking down your existing system and starting from scratch. This can be done through a phased implementation approach, where the new software is integrated incrementally into the existing system. This approach minimizes the risk of disruption and allows for a smooth transition to the new software.
Working with an experienced software development partner can also help ensure a smooth transition to custom software, as they can provide guidance on the best practices and tools for seamless integration.
Custom Software Development Process
A well-defined software development process starts with consultation and analyzing the underlying business ecosystem. First, understanding the business needs and defining the project scope, goals, and timeline. Gather all the details about what the software must do and document it. Next, create a visual representation of the software and build a working prototype to see and feel the software before it’s fully built.
Followed by development, testing, and deploying the software. Once complete, the software must be administered with ongoing support, bug fixes, and upgrades to ensure the software continues to meet business needs. According to Fingent, following a structured and well-defined process enables to deliver high-quality software that meets the business requirements and provides long-term value.
Software maintenance and support
However well designed, every software requires periodic maintenance and support services- from fixing the bugs and errors to improving its features and functionality. There are different types of software maintenance performed for various reasons and purposes- corrective, preventive, and adaptive maintenance and support. A software may have to undergo one or more types of maintenance throughout the software maintenance life cycle. A reliable software development partner ensures that the following activities are performed in a timely manner.
Bugs and Flaws Tracking
Finding the right software development expert
It is always better to know more about your software development partner before getting into business.
More Insights on Custom Software Development
Frequently Asked Questions
Customized software saves your IT expenditure by offering subscription-based pricing and reduces your maintenance costs. Custom application development enhances your operational efficiency, saves your labor and training costs, and offers you the ability to scale with the market needs. A property management portal/application that allows field agents/ brokers to coordinate between buyers and sellers is an example of customized software in real estate. An example of customized software in the healthcare sector will be an Appointment Management System that enables clinics or hospitals to track patient appointments.
A number of factors weigh into this decision including scalability, existing platforms, client’s existing infrastructure, data types, and so on. Primarily, the decision should be based on your specific business needs and set of features expected out of the application. For instance, Microsoft .NET is a highly versatile framework that can be used for nearly every solution, while certain demands can be better executed using a PHP/MySQL stack or a specific similar technology. Fingent’s Development Team is well-versed in nearly all available development technologies and applies the appropriate technology to the appropriate solution.
It’s tough to estimate the exact development cost of custom software because every piece of software is tailor-made and unique. No two custom-built applications are the same. Hence, sharing an approximation of general costs without understanding the project’s specific requirements is difficult. There are numerous aspects that contribute to the costs of custom software development which include the size of the software (the number of pages/ screens), the complexity of the software, design specifications, integration with other systems, migration of existing data, usage patterns, and so on.
In certain cases, it is possible to do so. Fingent’s software architects will guide you by analyzing the needs, scalability, and supportability of your older app and offer you the appropriate recommendations. Integrating your existing application to a newer application is also dependent upon the level of access that we have to your older app’s fundamental functions or if an API is made available by the app. (API or Application Programming Interface is a built-in feature that allows external connection to an app’s data).