Custom software development involves the process of creating software to fulfil the specific needs of a business. Unlike off-the-shelf software, custom software targets specific business or operational problems. These solutions are also meant for individual company use and not wide consumption.
There are countless examples of custom software out there. These include (but are not limited to):
Administration and customer management systems such as booking, scheduling systems and quoting calculators.
Productivity and other internal process systems including workflow management systems and job tracking.
Custom reporting and data analysis tools.
Bespoke eCommerce solutions and B2B/B2C marketplaces.
There are many different advantages to using a custom software solution in your business processes.
Address your needs exactly
Every business is unique, and it is almost impossible to find a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to your needs. Your software development company will attempt to address your individual business requirements with a custom solution during the custom software development process.
Grow with you
Off the shelf solutions can be quite costly, and unfortunately, these expenses rise as your business needs grow. In some cases, your existing software may even become redundant as you evolve. Custom solutions are both scalable, adaptable and more cost-effective than existing solutions.
Efficient integration options
Experienced software engineers can easily solve the integration issues that off the shelf software can have with your existing software using a custom solution. This can also have the flow-on effect of optimising efficiency and automation, boosting productivity.
In the modern world where technology changes rapidly, businesses need to adapt quickly to gain a competitive edge. Custom software development allows them to keep up with the latest digital trends. In addition, building custom software also produces a unique and valuable IP for your business.
Our process involves trained business analysts working with you to identify your specific requirements at Lateral. We then make a plan for our development team to design and build your unique software solution. Once the custom software development is finished, it is tested and launched. Ongoing maintenance and support may also be required to keep your custom software up to date and working to a high standard.
The answer to this question is it depends. The costs of custom software development services vary considerably based on how complex your software requirements are. Other factors considered when deciding the price of custom software include the technology, project scope, and size. Want to turn your software idea into reality? Get in touch with us today to get a quote.
Custom software solutions are designed and built to meet your business needs, while off the shelf software is a ready to use commercial product available to the public for purchase. They are designed to attract as wide an audience as possible, so they include many different features. Learn more about which type of software solution is best suited to your business.