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Under the Umbrella: Custom Software Solutions Blog

Imagine your business processes streamlined, no more paper forms, no more repetitive and mindless data entry. Imagine business processes where tracking and notifications occur automatically and free of errors. Now imagine how much time and resources that would save. We can make those savings a reality with Process Automation.
When engaging with a software development company, it's essential to keep in mind that having custom software developed is not a one-time thing. Like a car or a home, a custom web application needs maintenance and the occasional upgrade; that's true whether we are building software for non-profits, big business, or even Jolly Old Saint Nick. That's right, Jolly Old Saint Nick! Santa Claus's Access database had crashed under the weight of the ever-increasing data loads of the naughty and nice lists, and he needed a custom application to maximize operational efficiency at Santa's Workshop.
Inverse-Square has been privileged to work with a host of amazing clients, big and small, public and private, on a myriad of custom software projects. From an Online Auction Platform to Volunteer Management Software, and an innovative Property Management System, we've built it all. Each project we've worked on has been exciting and with their own unique set of challenges, but as much as we don't like to play favorites, none can compare to the work we did for Santa's Workshop!
One cold winter night in the North Pole, during the height of the pre-Christmas season, Santa's workshop was bustling. The toy elves were working away as Dasher, Dancer and Prancer and their reindeer friends were training for the big run, and Santa set about to review the annual Naughty & Nice Report. He sat down to his computer, switched it on, and waited for the latest version to load. Santa Claus waited, and waited, and waited some more, then nothing. Until — horror of horrors — his screen went black. Santa's database had crashed!
You did it! You finally bit the bullet and contracted a custom software developer to build a custom application for your business. It has automated your workflow, increased process efficiency, and is saving you time and money. But now you see that if it just had an extra 'bell' here and a 'whistle' there, you could be saving even more. You decide to contact your developer, but he’s working on a big project and doesn’t have time. So you say, “that’s OK, I’ll just get the code and be on my way to another developer.”  But then he says, “no you won’t, because you don’t own the code." Hopefully, you’re reading this article before that happens to you.
In any business, time is money, with the upshot being that labor is money. Nearly every business has looked for ways to save money by reducing the amount of labor required to perform a task. Manufacturing companies have turned this into an art form through a variety of industrial engineering activities such as operations management, ergonomics, system simulations, and ongoing performance analysis of each step in the manufacture of a part. By reducing the time to perform each action, significant cost savings can be realized across an organization. This concept can also be applied to business operations, and the advancements in computing hardware and software have accelerated the adoption of process automation in the office, not just on the factory floor.
Is your business ready to automate its workflow processes? Are you wondering whether you should buy 'off the shelf' or develop your own custom software solution? At Inverse-Square, we specialize in workflow automation software, but we know that going custom isn't necessarily the right fit for everyone. This article is intended to help you consider a few of the pros and cons of engaging with a custom software development company before making your decision.

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