As a software development agency, we’ve witnessed businesses become more reliant on the software they use in recent years. The software that companies choose to use is critical to how their business performs. Bespoke software is exactly what it sounds like – it’s specifically tailored to your business and how it operates. Think of bespoke software much like a tailored suit – it fits like a glove because it is made for your exact specifications.
As such, we believe that bespoke software offers a myriad of benefits that commercial off-the-shelf solutions simply cannot compete with:
Being a software development agency, we at 6B are convinced of the many benefits bespoke software offers, and none of those benefits are bigger than the fact bespoke software is fully customisable. It’s a software solution that will run exactly how you want it to for your business, with unique features incorporated into the build of how it operates. As a business, you’ll no longer have to settle for the limitations that off-the-shelf software brings, and there won’t be any useless add-ons that provide no benefit as you will have been heavily involved in the design of your software solution.
Whether you’re in need of a new system to interface with accounts, or want to expand on your existing bespoke software, 6B’s work as a software development agency can help you stand out among your market competitors. Take ecommerce pages for example, have you ever noticed how so many of them look the same? We can guarantee that’s because they are using the same mass-market software package that’s available to everyone. By using a bespoke solution that’s different in design and functionality, you’re establishing your business as different to the rest of the pack and offering your customers a more personalised experience. And that can only be a good thing, right?
Highly scalable, highly adaptable
Bespoke software solutions adapt to the growth of your business, making the process of scaling up a seamless one. Unlike generic commercial solutions that a rapidly growing business will outgrow in no time, they can accommodate process changes, increased workloads and additional integrations. With bespoke software the sky’s the limit for your business as the flexibility they offer allows you to pivot and diversify where necessary to meet new demands and evolving customer expectations.
You get what you pay for
Although the initial cost is higher when compared to commercial off-the-shelf solutions, in the long run it will prove less expensive as licensing, upgrade and subscription costs will no longer be required. Also, costs such as customisation, setup and support are fully transparent with a bespoke solution – so that cheaper, more limited software option may not be the most cost-effective solution after all for your business.
When using your own software that has been tailored specifically for your requirements, there is no downtime associated with integrating with legacy systems. At 6B, the bespoke software that our team of developers design and build is done so with your existing programs, systems, and software in mind. The software that we create for you will in effect be an extension and improvement of what you’re currently using, as opposed to something completely different and not compatible.
As a software development agency, we work collaboratively with your business throughout the entire development process. This allows us to incorporate specific feedback, features and adjustments you would like to see in the finished product before it’s ready to be implemented. And your business will have complete control over how quickly the new software is released, so as not to overwhelm your staff or the way you conduct business. Plus, once development has been finalised, you will own the software fully and will be able to make unilateral decisions on how you use it and if you want to alter anything, which won’t be the case with mass-market software.
Our expertise as a software development agency means that our developers are able to craft custom security solutions that are unique to every piece of bespoke software we create. Ultimately, this means that the software solutions we create will be less susceptible to hackers. From a hacker’s perspective, it’s far more efficient to learn how to break into the same software utilised by multiple companies than it is to attempt to penetrate custom software used by one company. The security measures 6B put in place are an essential component in the design process and are integrated in the system itself, rather than being an ‘add-on’ at a later stage.
Return on investment
Your return on investment will drive many decisions within your business, and the decision to choose a bespoke software solution is no different. Not only will it be tailored to how you do business and what goals you want to achieve, but it will also help to automate processes which will free up valuable resources, as well as eradicating human errors to save you money in the long run.
Speak to developers directly
Instead of calling an automated helpline that is designed to answer the queries of thousands of businesses and customers who use an off-the-shelf software, bespoke software will put you in contact with the developers that designed it. This means that should you have any questions or issues with the software once it has been released, you can speak directly to the people who know it inside out. The developers you speak to will have a thorough understanding of how the software is supposed to work and you’ll receive a constructive response.