What Is Bespoke Software And Why Should I Invest?

How ditching ‘off-the-shelf’ software tools could transform your business

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If you’re looking for something that uncompromisingly meets your business needs, investing in a bespoke software solution could be exactly what you’re looking for.

And, while it can be tempting to save the pennies by snapping up those off-the-shelf packages that promise the world (and don’t always deliver), it might be the best move you make for your company this year.

But, first, what is bespoke software?

Essentially, it’s software that directly addresses the needs of your business and customer, all tailored to your exact specifications.

For example, you could be working with a system right now that is largely redundant, save for a few crucial features. This means you then have to run another system to meet the other needs of your business.

This is often the case with off-the-shelf packages because they are built for mass audiences, which means they have been general-purpose built to suit a range of different business models.

The problem here is that, while you may have more features available than you will ever need, you could also end up with not enough to actually run your business.

With bespoke software, you can cut the fluff by effectively meshing the useful tools from those systems together – whether it’s about adding features to an already existing platform, so everything is in one place, or developing something entirely new.

The result? Massive time savings and a unique user experience for both staff and customer.

So, what are some of the other benefits?

Whether you’re looking to encourage people to interact with your website, support your staff with a more effective internal system or offer an alternative eLearning experience, the benefits far outweigh the cost.

Take, for instance, web applications. This is where the tech developers can get really creative. Honestly? If you have an idea, they’ll bring it to life.

Some of the key benefits of bespoke web applications include:

  • A system built to suit your exact needs
  • Something that is incredibly amendable
  • A flexible system that allows room for growth
  • The chance to integrate it with an existing website or platform
  • An application that is entirely unique to your company
  • An engaging experience that delivers every time

The biggest thing, however, is that you won’t have to compromise on what you want. Custom-built software is designed for maximum efficiency and can put your company miles ahead of the competition, who may still be relying on those off-the-shelf tools.

So, rather than juggling clunky systems that are a huge drain on staff time, day-to-day life in the office will simplify and resemble a well-oiled machine – saving you time and money in the long run.

And who doesn’t want that?

Don’t worry, though; with no limit to what you can build and achieve, your software system can be crafted to meet your budget, so you’re getting the best you can, with not a penny wasted.

What if you don’t know exactly what you want?

When you’re at the heart of your business, it can be hard to step back and take a look at what you actually need in order to make things more efficient or to create the right user experience.

That’s where following a brief can really help to put things into perspective. For example, if you’re looking to build a custom learning management system (LMS), following our brief template could be a really good place to start.

If that’s not enough, though, the BuildEmpire team is here to help.

For every project we work on, we’re there to support our clients every step of the way, from defining your needs as a business to understanding how the new software will impact development as a whole at the end of the project. We’ve got the know-how to help you get things off the ground.

If you’d like to find out more about setting up your own bespoke software project, get in touch with the team right here.