1 – Efficiency
It’s possible to work around the limitations of commercial off-the-shelf products but it’s inconvenient and unnecessary when there are more direct and simpler processes to achieve the same function. Bespoke software development circumvents these issues and provides the client with an easy and efficient method thus saving hours of hours that may otherwise be wasted on an off-the-shelf product. By reducing the amount of time spent processing tasks with bad software, bespoke software allows a company to spend more time, mental energy and money on other tasks.
2 – Cost
Commissioning bespoke software development sounds expensive, and often is. But it is important to consider that this is usually a one-off fee. In contrast, commercial off-the-shelf products usually charge ongoing fees on a monthly or yearly basis. These reoccurring costs are typically substantially less than the cost of bespoke software, but once the total costs spent are amounted they can often exceed the one-off cost of bespoke software development. Considering that a business will also often be paying for software that isn’t as effective as bespoke software could be, then the price difference is negligible.
3 – Reduces costs
Depending on the nature of the software, often bespoke software development can allow the client to restructure their business processes and allow the software to take care of processes that were previously operated by members of staff. This allows the company to direct paid staff towards other tasks or to reduce the number of staff down and thus save the amount of money needed to maintain the business. This is an important consideration when bespoke software appears to be expensive too, as the costs spent to develop bespoke software is often much less than the yearly salary of one member of staff and will also only be paid once.
4 – New ideas
The process of have bespoke software developed begins with a consultation during which the software consultant will overview the client’s business process before beginning the design process. Although a client may already have in mind what they are looking for, a skilled software consultant may also be able to contribute ideas for other actions that may be beneficial. As a result, the bespoke software is not only tailored to the needs of the client but may also be able to develop new methods that would otherwise not have been envisaged without software development professional – and thus, make business processes more efficient.