Generally, when you start a business, you tend to take the punches as they come. What this means is that once you start to see growth within your business, you tend to go for software options that are available to you at the time that are affordable and will complete certain operations, the last thing you want to do is overspend. Once your business see’s further growth, you end up using bits and pieces from different software providers accomplishing different results, the problem with this is that you will have different data segments on different systems which makes it very difficult for you to operate as a business and this could potentially hurt you. If we also add in the excel spreadsheets you use to track certain data, it can become a nightmare. Introducing to you – Custom Software.
Custom software is engineered from ground up and is built around your business. Generally the most important part of custom software is the data model. The data model is the database structure that will hold all of your data in one central location. Most systems will include basic functionality like create new, edit and delete data but when it comes to the business intelligence, that is where software becomes complex, but if you hire an organisation who has loads of experience, your software really becomes the wind beneath your wings and not the thorn in your side. It is very easy to make the mistake of going for cheaper custom software but it comes at the cost of your business.
If you care about your business, you should really seek a team who know what they are doing. A good indicator of a good team is they think before they talk. Custom Software has so many components and is so complex that there is no possible way that you can get all of the answers on the spot. Generally Custom Software will range from $50,000.00 - $150,000.00 for a small to medium sized business, and anywhere from $250,000.00+ for larger organisations. Don’t be fooled by the $7,000.00 price tag, there is no rational explanation for that price, and most likely you will get 7% of what you really needed.