Choosing between Custom Software and Ready-Made Software

Software development is necessity for large businesses and agencies across Florida and the rest of the United States. That doesn’t need further elaboration. But recent incidents such as pandemics, political struggles and rogue nations can impact how businesses function. We need not go deeper into those reasons in this blog. The bottom line is the cost.  Expenditures are rising while profits may take time to appear in your books. So how can you invest in software development services? A direct one-line answer cannot be given for this.  SGS Technologie (SGS) is an experienced software development company in Jacksonville, Florida that will summarize your options in this blog.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOFTWARE

Software has a wide classification based on its platform (web, mobile or stand-alone), technology and objective. But in a summary, the two types of software are:

  • Custom Software

Custom software development is the process of designing, creating, deploying and maintaining software for a specific set of users, functions or organizations. That is, software applications are developed for specific purposes of a brand name or for a cause. It cannot be used by anyone besides the intended audience. Customized software is most apt for specific purposes or long-term objectives. It could cost more but comes with benefits of security, continuous upgrade and complete ownership.

  • Readymade Software

Readymade software  are applications that are generic in nature and are not developed for any specific user/cause. If required, a readymade software application can be customized to suit the requirements of a business/organization. For example, changes can be made to the modules, colors, number of users, and themes. Ready-made software applications cost lesser but may not match latest trends and advancements in technology. 

CUSTOM SOFTWARE VS. READYMADE SOFTWARE

Custom Software Readymade Software
Pros Cons Pros Cons
  • Modifications can be made an unlimited number of times.
  • Complete ownership, 
  • Good scalability. Start small and more features can be added later.
  • Changes or maintenance can be made quickly
  • Solutions will be designed to exact business process and needs.
  • Requires a larger initial investment.
  • Takes longer to develop such a system, which can be mitigated if the same is undertaken in phases.
  • Custom software is properly tested for all the business cases and the problem could be discovered by the user when using it.
  • Cost is lesser than custom software.
  • Easy to use and install. Additional guidelines are also provided.
  • Presence of user communities to get immediate clarifications for queries.
  • Good reliability as all testing processes have been completed before deployment.
  • For off-the-shelf software, there is a higher customization cost.
  • Slow to change with industry needs.
  • Several unnecessary features that may not be of any use.
  • Designed for many different types of users, which tend to be a compromise.

 

We hope this post would have given you clarity on the types of software applications. SGS Technologie has nearly two decades of experience in developing software applications for web, mobile and stand-alone platforms. Our clientele includes government agencies, private companies of various industries as well as non-profit organizations. In addition to our headquarters at Jacksonville, SGS has offices in Tallahassee (FL) and Frisco (TX). Reach out to us for more discussions on which type of software application will be more suitable for your specific requirement. 


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Choosing between Custom Software and Ready-Made Software


Software development is necessity for large businesses and agencies across Florida and the rest of the United States. That doesn’t need further elaboration. But recent incidents such as pandemics, political struggles and rogue nations can impact how businesses function. We need not go deeper into those reasons in this blog. The bottom line is the cost.  Expenditures are rising while profits may take time to appear in your books. So how can you invest in software development services? A direct one-line answer cannot be given for this.  SGS Technologie (SGS) is an experienced software development company in Jacksonville, Florida that will summarize your options in this blog.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOFTWARE

Software has a wide classification based on its platform (web, mobile or stand-alone), technology and objective. But in a summary, the two types of software are:

  • Custom Software

Custom software development is the process of designing, creating, deploying and maintaining software for a specific set of users, functions or organizations. That is, software applications are developed for specific purposes of a brand name or for a cause. It cannot be used by anyone besides the intended audience. Customized software is most apt for specific purposes or long-term objectives. It could cost more but comes with benefits of security, continuous upgrade and complete ownership.

  • Readymade Software

Readymade software  are applications that are generic in nature and are not developed for any specific user/cause. If required, a readymade software application can be customized to suit the requirements of a business/organization. For example, changes can be made to the modules, colors, number of users, and themes. Ready-made software applications cost lesser but may not match latest trends and advancements in technology. 

CUSTOM SOFTWARE VS. READYMADE SOFTWARE

Custom Software Readymade Software
Pros Cons Pros Cons
  • Modifications can be made an unlimited number of times.
  • Complete ownership, 
  • Good scalability. Start small and more features can be added later.
  • Changes or maintenance can be made quickly
  • Solutions will be designed to exact business process and needs.
  • Requires a larger initial investment.
  • Takes longer to develop such a system, which can be mitigated if the same is undertaken in phases.
  • Custom software is properly tested for all the business cases and the problem could be discovered by the user when using it.
  • Cost is lesser than custom software.
  • Easy to use and install. Additional guidelines are also provided.
  • Presence of user communities to get immediate clarifications for queries.
  • Good reliability as all testing processes have been completed before deployment.
  • For off-the-shelf software, there is a higher customization cost.
  • Slow to change with industry needs.
  • Several unnecessary features that may not be of any use.
  • Designed for many different types of users, which tend to be a compromise.

 

We hope this post would have given you clarity on the types of software applications. SGS Technologie has nearly two decades of experience in developing software applications for web, mobile and stand-alone platforms. Our clientele includes government agencies, private companies of various industries as well as non-profit organizations. In addition to our headquarters at Jacksonville, SGS has offices in Tallahassee (FL) and Frisco (TX). Reach out to us for more discussions on which type of software application will be more suitable for your specific requirement. 


Google: Read this post from SGS Technologie which explains the differences between custom software development and readymade software applications.  We help you choose the right one.

Facebook: SGS Technologie helps you choose between Customized Software and Readymade Software for your business requirements.

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