What is custom software development and is it better than off-the-shelf software?

Custom software development is the process in which specialised software engineers will design and create custom software that is tailored to the specific needs and wants of both a company brand and its customers. As technology continues to advance, custom software design and development is increasingly being regarded as a modern necessity for businesses to meet new, complex demands.

In contrast to commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS software), custom software can be completely tailor-made to meet key business objectives. It allows a software programmer to aim the software towards a narrowly defined and specific set of requirements. Whereas, a COTS application is merely built to target a broad set of requirements so that it can be sold commercially at a larger scale.

Why is custom software development beneficial?

Custom software development can be a key benefit for many industries, just as long as the company that chooses to acquire it are clear on their objectives. Whether they intend on taking advantage of certain opportunities, have a specific problem that needs to be solved or other specific reasons.

In many cases, custom software can optimise business processes that are already in place rather than changing or replacing them entirely – which will save the company time and money. Custom software can also adapt to the growth of a company and, therefore, will offer huge amounts of flexibility in the long run for when a company expands.

Employing a software programmer for custom application development can also bring a more competitive advantage and will allow you to fulfil specific needs. Custom software will be much more effective at interpreting company data, which will give opportunities to analyse important statistics and trends to solve problems and improve productivity.

Are COTS software all that bad?

Off-the-shelf software is a general-purpose, pre-packaged commercial software solution that is available to purchase from the mass market. It is designed to work with different business models and industries, but not necessarily designed to suit perfectly to any particular one. It is, essentially, generic software that is there to be used by as many people as possible.

A COTS application is intended to be used by the mass market and, consequently, is not built to any specifications and offers only general features. This means that you, as the business trying to use the software, may have either unnecessary features or, conversely, not enough features or features that are not suitable to your needs. So, depending on how you intend on using your software, generic COTS software may not be able to fulfil your objectives.

Whether you require a custom application development or a tailored software system, Baird Technology is equipped with a team of software engineers that are here to assist. From software design and development through to the deployment of your tailored custom software, our team can deliver on your ideas and turn your vision into reality. For more information on our software development, contact us through our website at www.bairdtechnology.com/contact-us.