It’s true: Custom software is an investment of your time, energy, and money.
While the upfront costs of custom software development can be intimidating, the investment is likely transformative to your business. The long-term cost for implementation can also be lower than traditional, off-the-shelf solutions.
But maintenance isn’t the only way a custom software solution can save you money through the years.
It Boosts Efficiency and Productivity
Off-the-shelf applications can be great, but too often businesses fall into the trap of tailoring their processes to the software. This can slow down your systems, require critical hours of setup and training, and create an experience that feels clunky for users. Even after a lengthy setup you might still find some abilities lacking for your unique business needs.
Custom software allows you to create a more efficient way of doing things that works with the nuances of your business. You’re able to create a user experience that’s more intuitive to your needs and existing processes.
It Cuts Down on Costly Errors
Piecing together a complex process to create a workaround for something you need in an existing application is a one-way ticket to complications. The harder an action or process is to complete, the easier it is for it to be done incorrectly and create big, costly problems.
When your software is more aligned with your business and does exactly what you need it to, it’s easier for your team to navigate in a way that makes sense for them. Mistakes can still happen, but it’s less risky when it’s a clear, streamlined system.
It Better Meets Compliance Requirements
Many off-the-shelf solutions are designed for generic business, meaning they don’t always meet the hyper-specific needs of a specific business or particular industry. This is especially true when it comes to compliance.
Custom software allows you to ensure you are meeting your compliance requirements. You’ll have the peace of mind that every requirement is checked off and you’re avoiding costly compliance violations. Just make sure the custom software developer you choose is well-versed in the compliances you need.
It Creates Higher Satisfaction
A better experience working with software means a better experience overall. Working with software that’s complicated, not user friendly, or doesn’t really do what you need it to do can be a frustrating experience. For team members who work with it day in and day out, this can be a hindering factor in their overall job satisfaction.
Software can also impact customer satisfaction. If your team is slowed down by software woes, especially while working in the application during a client-facing meeting, it can translate into an impatient customer. If the software is partially or fully customer-facing, it’s even more important to make sure the customer experience is top-notch. Your reputation will largely be impacted by the software performance.
It Scales with Your Business
Custom software brings a new level of sophistication to your business. When you’re able to boost productivity and efficiency, you’re able to work toward your goals at a faster rate.
As you meet your goals and grow, your software can transform with you. Building a long-term relationship with your developer means they can help you make changes to your existing software so that it continues to meet your needs. No waiting for a software company to release a new version or, worse yet, having to make a costly and time-consuming switch to a new off-the-shelf software solution.
Grow with AxiaTP
Whether you’re seeking a mobile app, a change to existing software, or a fully custom software solution, the AxiaTP team can help bring your software needs to life. Learn more about custom software with AxiaTP and download our free guide about the custom software development journey.