02 Mar The Custom Software Guide, Part 1: Beginning the Process
If you’re considering a new custom software application for your business, how do you determine what is the right course of action? Should you have custom software designed and built, should you buy an ‘off-the-shelf’ model, or possibly even take no action? The following three steps will guide you towards a successful decision.
Step One: Assess Your Needs.
A professional software company will want to assess your business’ needs in order to gain insight into how their services would best meet them. With that information, they can then determine the total amount of work that would be required to create your custom software, or if an “off-the-shelf” product would be more beneficial to your business, or even if it is not the correct time for your company to implement a new application.
Step Two: Determine Pros and Cons
Much like everything else, building a custom software application has its pros and cons, but so does buying off-the-shelf. Being aware of those pros and cons, will enable you to be a more educated consumer when it comes time to decide to build or buy software.
Step Three: Review and Evaluate Your Existing Processes
Does your business have good processes in place already? Your business processes will drive the software design, so the processes must be understood and capable of being performed by your business before a software firm can build your automation software. Without good processes in place, the automation will be worthless.
Up Next, Putting the Plan Together
Once you and your software developer are happy with a custom application solution for your business, the software firm will begin the next course of action; putting a budget and a plan together.
If you’re ready to discuss how we can save your business time and money with a custom software solution designed with your needs in mind, contact us today and we’ll get you on the road to process efficiency!Talk to Us