How many of you can relate to this?
Your IT systems are running slow. Everything feels clunky and outdated. You’re repeating the same thing over and over again. It’s taking forever to get the job done.
Or perhaps you recently upgraded your hardware, but you’re still finding yourself trawling through dozens and dozens of spreadsheets, word processing documents and shared drive folders.
Either way, it could be time to consider an upgrade.
Now, should you choose a pre-packaged solution, or invest in a bespoke software instead?
In most cases, off-the-shelf software is the knee-jerk choice. It’s quick and easy, right?
Well, actually, you might not even realise what you could be missing if you don’t take the tailored software route. Pre-packaged solutions tend to be full of features you don’t need while missing useful tools that could be invaluable to you.
This post will guide you through 6 powerful benefits of choosing bespoke software for your business. You’ll see that it won’t just be the software that gets an upgrade.
When considering tailored software vs off the shelf, many people think that the latter is the simplest option. But let’s look at the bigger picture.
A bespoke system would be tailored to your exact business requirements. It would be developed in line with your business objectives, meeting legislation and integrating with your existing software. Countless headaches avoided there alone.
Our bespoke software is complex but not complicated.
Plus, the learning curve with bespoke solutions is smoother too, with intuitive styles and essential features only. Did you know the average Word user only utilises around 10% of the available facilities? What a waste!
Reduce learning time with a system that works exactly the way you want it to work. You’ll save hours in reduced supervision, with fewer errors along the way.
The second great benefit of choosing bespoke software is the efficiency that it will afford your business. In today’s climate, agility is everything. Your ability to respond quickly to changes in the market can give you a winning edge over your competitors.
Tailored systems can be built to accommodate the growth of your business - evolving with the company, in a way that is not possible with off-the-shelf options.
Bespoke software that is built with you, for you, will be created around your specific needs. Efficient, easy to use and flexible.
Bespoke software can be created to work seamlessly with existing software that your business currently relies on. This will prevent costly delays and problems in the running of your systems.
Some off-the-shelf solutions may be incompatible with software that you already have in place, meaning that your business is forced to change processes and operations to suit the software. Not ideal!
Plus, off-the-shelf systems need to cater to various market demographics. So details such as time zone, currency, language and even tax will not necessarily be tailored to your specific geo-location.
One size doesn’t fit all and your business deserves better than that.
Our favourite catchphrase: Don't repeat it. Automate it.
Every business involves some degree of repetitive tasks… which can add up to hours of time, not to mention frustration for your team. Bespoke software can transform these aspects of your business, freeing up your workforce for more productive tasks.
Automating systems can also reduce human error - while keeping reporting across the business transparent.
Bespoke software can also help you to stand out from the crowd. Tailoring your software to match your unique brand voice allows you to reveal the heart of your brand. In today’s overcrowded online marketplace, this could be the key to winning business over a competitor.
With off-the-shelf software, you are on the same level as your competition, if not at a disadvantage if they have opted for a bespoke solution.
Don’t underestimate the power of a tailored software solution to give your business a significant competitive advantage.
With a bespoke software solution, created just for you, you’ll always hold the reigns.
And once you’ve seen the benefits of what a tailored software package can do, you’re going to want - and will have the power to - keep it moving in the exact same direction as your business. You’ll be able to implement the tweaks and upgrades that are of real commercial benefit.
Plus, the features you’ve come to rely upon won’t suddenly vanish without warning.
The Bottom Line
You wouldn’t be the only person to think that an off-the-shelf software solution is the simplest option. Sure, they are cheaper and faster to install. You can purchase and be using it on the same day.
But, looking at the choices from a strategic business perspective, the story is different.
You need a system that will give you maximum results. Bespoke software can change the way you do business, saving time and money - and even give you a major commercial advantage over your competitors.
Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to be that efficient?
initforthe ltd, based in Manchester UK, offers a free analysis and reporting service to any ambitious company looking to improve its software systems. Get in touch if you’d like to find out more.