Should you choose off-the-shelf or bespoke software for your business?
Should you choose off-the-shelf or bespoke software for your business?
by RUTH THOMAS - Oct 29,2015

Whether it’s financial, HR or other management software, there are two choices when looking for business software – “off-the-shelf” solutions or personalised bespoke packages. There are benefits to both options, depending on the specific requirements of your business.

 

Packaged software is more easily available

Packaged software solutions are available to use straight from the shelf, and normally include a range of basic functions and abilities that are standard to many businesses. This can make it a cost-effective option as there are no bespoke elements, and you simply pay for the licence.

 

Customised software is more flexible

The biggest benefit of bespoke software is that it can be tailored exactly to your requirements, to ensure that it does everything that you need it to. This makes it more flexible if your requirements change in the future, and is a more scalable solution.

Bespoke software is able to adapt easily to meet changing processes, but it is also important to establish the support that you will receive to maintain your software and sort any issues that arise. One of the most critical components of bespoke software is the ability to automate systems. This improves overall productivity.

When there is an update for packaged software, in most cases there will be a fee to pay. Failure to update may leave your software unable to function properly over time, however bespoke software can be adapted and changed at any point and depends on individual needs.

 

What do you need?

If you have typically standard functional requirements, then packaged software could be suitable for you. The benefit with bespoke software is that it allows expansion into different areas if you should choose this later on. Instead of making adjustments to fit the ready-built software, bespoke software is tailored to your unique preferences and gives you a competitive advantage over companies who are using standard packages.

 

Ease of use and productivity

It’s a general rule that software that’s easier to use will allow your staff to be more productive. In most cases, because it is custom-designed to work as you choose, bespoke software is easy to use and gives greater control to employees utilising it. Specific tasks can be automated to reduce workloads and administration, as well as long manual processes.

It’s important to have software that works for you, and not the other way around. Get in touch with the Geeks team on 0845 643 6229 to discuss your software requirements and find out how we could help.

About Geeks Ltd

Based in south London, we are one of the fastest growing software development companies in the UK. 

Our passion is business efficiency enhancement for our clients via smart application of automation techniques.We are winners of international awards for our innovations in business productivity. 

We have attained Gold Certified Microsoft Partnership level which represents our highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies as well as our close working relationship with Microsoft.At this level we have been granted access to exclusive Microsoft resources and support, access to the Partner Knowledge Base, and many other advantages which contribute to our capacity to meet our clients needs.