How Do You Know if Custom Software is For You?

Why Software Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All 

For some companies, out-of-the-box software solutions are not really solutions at all. If you’re reading this newsletter, you’re probably one of those companies, frustrated because you can’t find a quick fix for collaboration, systems integration, or some other project that involves a skillset your current IT team (or lack of one) can’t produce.

The reality is, for more complex companies, boxed solutions simply don’t provide all the capabilities needed to make your workflow more efficient, your communications better and your operations leaner. In fact, because they are meant to provide broad solutions, you will very likely end up with more capabilities than you actually need. Boxed solutions offer a low barrier to entry, but the initial cost is misleading. Over time you’ll be paying for upgrades, software support, licensing fees, and other random costs. The bottom line: most off-the-shelf solutions will not be a perfect fit for your company.

So, how do you know for sure, if your company needs custom software?

It starts with an evaluation. Consider questions like: What systems do you currently use? Who is using the system or systems and what are you using them for. What do you wish they could do differently or better? To evaluate your current software, you need to have a good understanding of what your business does and how it does it. Also, you’ll need to know what your company is willing to invest to improve operations.

With an experienced software company helping you through this journey, you could end up with a very different perspective on how to streamline and automate processes, improve team collaboration and grow exponentially. A custom software package that is designed specifically for your operational needs, with your company’s growth projection in mind, will actually allow employees to work more efficiently, using the same platform. Custom software is ideal for companies who have very specific processes and needs and don’t mind paying a little more to get exactly what they need from a software company that can provide support when they need it.

If you’re looking for a custom software solution for your business needs, consider Spud Software. We’re local, dedicated and experienced software developers, business analysts, and consultants, ready to provide you with a custom software package that can take your business to the next level.