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Should You Build or Buy Software?

Should You Build or Buy Software?

Most companies will need a range of software solutions to help them run their business, meet customer needs and stay on top of their essential activities. There is a wide variety of off-the-shelf software solutions available enabling businesses to quickly access at least some of the tools that they need. 

While mass market software is easy to access and quick to deploy, it does have some potential disadvantages. Many businesses find that developing their own bespoke software solutions can provide a range of benefits that are not possible with commercial solutions.

If you’re looking for a software solution for your business should you opt for an off-the-shelf option or build your own tailored solution?

A simple solution but not always the best

Off-the-shelf, commercial and pre-packaged software is often the first choice of business due to its simplicity. It’s quick and easy to access and implement, giving companies a range of tools which may meet all or at least some of their particular needs. These solutions can be cost-effective, something which is often a key consideration for new and developing companies.

However, while off-the-shelf software can be a simple and cost-effective solution, it may not always be the best option for all businesses. This is because the software is designed to cater to a wide range of businesses, which means that it may not meet the unique needs of individual companies. 

Businesses that use off-the-shelf software may be limited by the functionality and tools that are available. They may not offer much potential for customisation and integration with existing tools may be limited or even impossible. This can create a disjointed system that makes it difficult to manage and analyse data effectively. 

Bespoke software solutions put the user in control

While off-the-shelf software may take care of a number of the same tasks, bespoke software will usually have the edge. This is because bespoke software solutions are developed for your specific needs. They will contain functions that are particular to your business and won’t contain superfluous features that can be confusing. Bespoke software is streamlined and targeted to meet the precise needs of your operational processes so nothing is left to chance.

Bespoke software solutions are also more flexible and scalable than off-the-shelf software. As a business grows and changes, its software needs may also need to change. With bespoke software, businesses can easily add new features and functionality to their software as and when required or modify existing features to better meet their changing needs. This flexibility and scalability can help businesses stay competitive and adapt to changing market conditions.

Because bespoke software is designed specifically for a business, it can also be built with security in mind from the ground up. This can help businesses protect their sensitive data and prevent unauthorised access or costly data breaches.

By having software that is specifically designed to meet your needs, you can operate more efficiently, adapt to changing market conditions, and provide better service to your customers. Although the upfront costs may be more, they can produce cost savings over time, giving you a competitive advantage and providing you with the tools you need to grow.

Bespoke software solutions from InTeck

InTeck is one of Manchester’s leading software development companies and we can ensure that your business has the tools it needs to meet customer demands and enable you to grow and develop.

We take time to find out about your business, your current needs and future plans and only then develop software that fully meets your requirements.

Call 0800 3685220 or email  to find out more. 

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