23 September, 2020

Five reasons you should ditch “off the shelf” and go bespoke on your next software purchase

There is some great off-the-shelf software out there – but sometimes “off the shelf” just won’t cut it. Sometimes, you need a system built especially for you, 100% tailored to your business needs. There’s an obvious advantage in commissioning a piece of software that does exactly what you want it to – but there are also some advantages to bespoke software that you may not have considered. Without further ado, here are our five best reasons to get your next piece of software made to measure.

Bespoke software comes with maximum flexibility

The world is changing faster than ever before. That means that software you buy today could be obsolete tomorrow. Off-the-shelf programs are not flexible enough to modify, meaning you’ll have to shell out full price for the next edition ASAP. The alternative is losing security, functionality, and integration with other software solutions. Bespoke software, on the other hand, is incredibly flexible. Once we’ve built it for you, we can always dip back in, expanding the program and adding modules so it’s configured exactly how you want it! In the long term, this means your software can evolve with you and the world around you.

Move faster towards a connected future

Connectivity is a major driving force in modern innovation, and it is pushing us closer to and Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT describes a moment when appliances, automobiles, buildings, and a plethora of other devices are all connected via the internet. If you use a smartphone or tablet to go online, or have a smart speaker or connected thermostat in your home, then you are already on the way towards the IoT. Businesses that leverage this technology earlier than their competitors will be at a huge advantage – and bespoke software can be created with such integration in mind.

Streamline your current business processes

You can redesign your current processes around a bespoke software solution, making them faster, easier, more efficient, and more successful. Bespoke software is the ultimate answer to all those work fantasies that would make jobs so much better – if only that missing piece existed in reality, not just your dreams. We can build those missing pieces, enabling you to rethink your business. Eventually, evolutions like this can save you time and money, and make your business fit for the future.

Big Data loves bespoke solutions

Big Data has revolutionised many businesses – why not make yours next? Collecting, collating, and interpreting data is much easier with bespoke software. You can set the parameters yourself, understanding what matters to your business and industry. This will give you the ability to analyse a wide range of measurements and spot trends that your competitors can’t see, ultimately giving you the advantage.

You can get as far away from the office as you like!

We have all recently learnt a lesson about the value of working remotely. Mobile functionality is a must-have in today’s fast-paced business world. But off-the-shelf software solutions usually have a very limited scope when it comes to mobile and remote connectivity. A customised app can solve these problems, being built specifically for you, with “on-the-go” as an integral part. This means, in effect, you can have a virtual office, letting an endless stream of devices connect all at once, managing processes and workflows from anywhere in the country.

Bespoke software gives you a great head start over your competitors – it’s a product they simply don’t have access to. If you would like to discuss how we can help to make your dream software solution a reality, pick up the phone and give us a call on 02392 512 090.