There are two ways of choosing software for your company. You can either go with a ready-made product that comes straight out of the box, or you have another option in customizing it to meet specific needs and requirements based on what is needed from this particular project.
The first choice might seem more appealing to you, but that’s not always the case. It all depends on your needs and what kind of situation you’re in at the moment; each one has its own advantages depending on how they can help and fulfill certain criteria.
You may be thinking, “Why should I pay someone else to do what’s already in front of me?” Well if you’re not sure about how much time and effort is needed for designing your own application or want the assurance that everything will fit just right without making any changes then go ahead with a ready-made option.
On the other hand, there might also come times when this type of choice doesn’t work out which leads to the original argument.
Advantages of Prebuilt software
Time-Efficient: Ready to use software are more time-efficient as compared to customized.
Made by more than one experienced person: Ready-made software is more likely to have every feature you need because it has been tweaked by experts. However, customer oriented created programs are limited in function and can be difficult for new users. You don’t have to worry about learning all these different commands – everything just works perfectly and tutorials are available on YouTube too.
Economical Solution: You get the ready-made software at a far less price than that of custom software. The reason is that they are made in bulk, while on the other hand for your specific requirements would need to hire an additional professional who will charge accordingly with his time and effort spent developing it – prolonging its cost as well!
No Error Correction Required: Some people believe that the only way to get a good computer program is by using ready-made software. These programs, however, may come with errors that cannot be fixed and will require professional assistance for fixing them if you notice any problems while using them.
Ease of Use and Installation: For instance, ready-made software is much easier to install and operate because it becomes pre-developed. You don’t have the hassle of giving instructions or changing settings yourself!
Disadvantages of already developed software
Requires maintenances: It is a shame that most ready-made software requires yearly maintenance/renewals in order to keep them running.
No Updates: The program does not offer any update option. You have to purchase the application separately if you want it updated for your computer or device.
Annoying and useless features: The majority of pre-made software is useless and a waste for companies.
Not always walks parallel with the industry’s needs: You might not have the features that your industry needs.
Finally, a lot of people think they can just buy prebuilt templates and be done with them but there are always some tweaks necessary because each business has different standards or requirements (which means every company will need its own custom template).
Advantages of Custom made software
For most companies, custom software is a better option. One reason for this is that it lets one professional do all the work and ensures they are only creating what you need rather than trying their hand at designing an entire system from scratch which can be very time consuming as well as risky since there may not always match your specific needs (or those changes could require more resources).
The best match for your company’s needs: Custom software contains almost all the features which you desired for. You don’t have to make changes in such a program, as it has been customized specifically with your needs and specifications – down even every last detail!
More Productive and efficient: With all the features you need at your fingertips, efficiency will be increased and it’s more likely that the desired product is obtained.
No limitations: You can always get the software updated if it breaks, there are no limits on what you install. You’re in control of your device with custom-built firmware that removes restrictions and limitations so any app or update is fair game!
You own the Product: Custom software is more secure and protects your content. You own the product, while in the case of ready-made products there’s always a chance it has been shared with other parties
Disadvantages of developing a software
Custom software is often more expensive than ready-made ones as described earlier. It takes time to make it and you need a good understanding of programming languages in order for your program to work properly, which can take months or even years before being finished with all coding setbacks
It also means there’s no support from companies if something goes wrong during use so users have higher risks when using them – especially because custom programs require a serious commitment on behalf of its maker.
Matthew is a Co-Founder at BusinessFinanceArticles.org. Matthew was a floor manager at a local restaurant in Wales. He lost his job after the pandemic and took initiative to make a team and start the project.