27 Mar 2013 • Comments
It seems like there has always been conversation between custom development and off-the-shelf software. It also clearly seems to be an area where there is no clear answer other than "it depends".
We try to help in the discussion by looking at software as a bridge with the real goal being the business objectives. The right answer needs to look at a few different questions:
- Is there existing software that does what you want?
- How much of your objective is met by the software as is?
- How can you address those gaps?
More than one smart business leader has stumbled delivering what is reported to be an easy existing platform that "just needs a few tweaks" only to see the project extend deadlines by months and tens of thousands of dollars. Large organizations are not immune to that same issue, and while they may have the funds to insulate themselves from the impact of a delay, shareholders inevitably start loosing patience when cost overruns occur.
An entrepreneurial eye and a clear set of objectives and openly reviewed timeline can develop something that is both standards-compliant for easy data portability, and also finely tuned to do exactly what the business needs without the waste of time or feature. You literally pay only for what you need and get exactly what you pay for.
By keeping costs down with a experienced delivery team, particularly for the business automation space and for entrepreneurs trying to bring a concept to light, custom development can not only be the right answer but also an economical one.