Software Development – Hidden Pitfalls of Off the Shelf Software
When you buy into an “off the shelf” software platform, you may do so assuming, that the fact it has been pre made will lead to a smooth a successful implementation. Off The Shelf comes at a good price and with a little tweaking and adjusting the software will be ready to do its job.
Whilst Off the Shelf can be a route to take in certain applications, for instance it may just be needed for one specific part of your business without much need for interaction, then off the shelf fulfils its role.
However when the job is bigger and more complex, then you should begin to weigh up your options.
The first thing that should be considered is how much will be spent. A lot of off the shelf software is overly complex with features and functionality to cover as much as possible. This leads to a disruptive pairing back process, which can lead to an expensive installation.
The custom option on the other hand is designed specifically for your business processes. This is a crucial point about custom software.
If your business has a unique process that may need automation or streamlining, then a bespoke solution will give you a unique advantage over your competitors.
Another common pitfall in COTS software adoption is the cost of licensing.
These reoccurring fees are also accompanied by a yearly maintenance fee and if the project overall is not costed correctly it can end up costing you a lot more than you initially thought. This coupled with the fact that an off the shelf may have a wider user base leading inevitably to slower service times.
This is where advice and experience in both areas is really needed.
The idea of commissioning a company to create a bespoke piece of software may seem a daunting prospect.We have over 12 years’ experience in the field of software development and have led projects for large multinationals; SME’s and public bodies.
We have the experience and the knowledge so give us a call if you are interested in talking further about how bespoke software or off the shelf can make an impression on your business.